Here's to the Night: 14 Great Nightlife Hotspots in Springfield

From the spectacular view at the brand new Vantage Rooftop Lounge and Conservatory to your new favorite watering hole, Springfield is a hub for great nightlife.
F6132325938d603cce35e2a9156385903d41c22b celine r 2019 150 Written by Celine Roberts on November 15, 2019.

Springfield is no stranger to a vibrant nightlife packed full of live music from local and national musicians, enticing craft cocktails, side-splitting stand-up comedians and extraordinary upscale experiences. From the spectacular view at the brand new Vantage Rooftop Lounge and Conservatory to your new favorite watering hole, Springfield is a hub for great nightlife.

High-End Nightlife

The newest addition to the scene is Vantage, a rooftop bar offering a spectacular view of downtown from atop V2, the expansion of Hotel Vandivort. With beautiful European Art Deco style and live greenery inside and a mix of soft seating outside, including private cabanas, the Vantage is sure to become a favorite for locals and travelers alike.

The Hepcat is also new to Springfield’s historic downtown district, opening its doors in early August. This jazz club features an open stage where you can find some of the area’s best jazz artists. Whether it’s a Big Band vibe or a laid-back trio you’re seeking, you’re sure to enjoy your visit to The Hepcat.

Scotch and Soda, open since late 2012, exudes a swanky, vintage feel in the heart of downtown Springfield. Harkening back to an era when bartenders donned bowler hats and handlebar mustaches, patrons find themselves immersed in a timeless setting. The back bar displays perfectly a wall of high-end scotches, whiskeys, vodkas and more. Savor the endless charm of this singular gem.

A beautiful pairing of modern decor and classic craft beverages, Queen City Wine Dive leaves little to be desired. Never falling short of expectations, QCWD is the perfect place to unwind with friends or take that special someone on a date. Stop in early in the evening for tapas and wine or pop in late for an impeccable nightcap.

Reverie Rooftop Bar overlooking southeast Springfield’s bustling Farmers Park opened in December 2018. Living up to its name, patrons can sit on the balcony living a daydream of cityscapes and luxurious libations. When looking for the ideal blend of rustic and upscale, Reverie has it all.

Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar houses Springfield’s only ice bar. If you don’t know what that is, step into this dynamic hotspot for fantastic fare and perfectly-poured drinks. Inside the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, Fire & Ice is perfect for a night out. Clean lines intersect curved walls and brilliant mosaic features creating a lavish experience for all to enjoy.

Live Music Venues

The Outland Complex is home to a multitude of local and national performances such as Pokey LaFarge, Andy Frasco & the U.N. and The Urge. The Complex in downtown Springfield is a three-venues-in-one must-see. Home to a plethora of music genres, The Complex has been a Springfield entertainment staple for nearly 30 years, including a fashion show or two.

The Riff, one of Springfield’s newest music venues, opened in early 2018. The venue’s sound system and light shows are mesmerizing. Supporting local talent is a forte of The Riff and the best of the best have performed there. Come prepared to dance the night away in this venue in southwest Springfield.

Taverns & Bars

Lindberg’s Tavern, Springfield’s oldest bar, opened in 1870 on Commercial Street. We’d say the rest is history, but Lindberg’s Tavern is nowhere near done paying homage to its more than 130-year-old building’s timeless traditions. Still one of the city's essential stops for exemplary food, beverages, live music and an authentically historic atmosphere, you’ll leave craving your next visit to Lindberg’s on Historic C-Street.

Lindberg's Tavern

Lindberg's Tavern

J.O.B. Public House was established in 2010 and the building it calls home has been around for more than 100 years. Built between 1905 and 1909, the public house sits on historic Walnut Street in downtown Springfield. Known as Springfield’s largest “by-the-drink” whiskey selection, J.O.B. is the place to sit back, relax and partake in your favorite artisan drink and late-night bites.

Skinny Slim’s Public House, established in 2010, is not your average bar. Known for the international beer selection and great sports watch parties, Skinny Slim’s is a local favorite. Soccer club scarves of all kinds hang from the rafters, bets are made across the community table and serious bragging rights are won. Come find a new or old friend at Skinny Slim’s.

Laugh Out Loud

Everyone enjoys a hearty laugh straight from the belly, and that is just what you’ll get at The Blue Room Comedy Club. On Historic Route 66 inside one of Springfield’s oldest pool halls, the club’s stage has been graced by local and national acts. This comedy club is no stranger to crowds seeking a night of hilarity and flowing drinks.

Blue Room Comedy Club

Blue Room Comedy Club

Friends Karaoke Pub is the place to belt out your favorite tunes in a welcoming environment full of fun and, of course, friends. Open seven days a week, there is always an opportunity to shine like a star at this Springfield favorite. Singing isn’t all that’s offered. Entertain yourself with a game of pool or sink your teeth into something from an extensive menu.

Have fun listening to skilled pianists and singers battle it out to the greatest hits we all know and love at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar. You can sing, you can dance and you might just end up on stage with these dueling legends. The Chicago-style piano bar is in downtown Springfield and has been entertaining patrons since 2003.

Springfield’s nightlife showcases more than what meets the eye, so next time you go looking for the perfect evening be sure to fit these remarkable establishments into your itinerary.

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