Without a doubt, Fayetteville is the pulsating heartbeat of entertainment in Northwest Arkansas. If you ask a local where to go for good food, fun, music and nightlife, they will tell you to head on down to Dickson Street in Fayetteville.

The Downtown and Dickson Street areas are where it is happening for the entire Northwest Arkansas region. After the sun sets over the city, Fayetteville’s entertainment district comes alive with a high-energy atmosphere that is the norm and enjoyed by all.

Hit the nightspots for a fun-filled evening. There is something for everyone, including tasty food, great music and dancing, pool shooting, boutique and gallery shopping, and even people watching. What is your pleasure? You will find it as you walk down Dickson Street and the Downtown area of Fayetteville.

There are many delectable restaurants and exciting bars and clubs that make the Downtown and Dickson Street area NWA’s top entertainment district. If you only have a night or two, however, you can’t beat the ones I’ve listed below.

Farrell’s Lounge Bar and Grill – Located at 311 W Dickson Street, Farrell’s is a “GastroPub,” which is British English for a pub with a chef-driven menu . Enjoy 10 large high-def screens, shoot a game or two of pool, and feast upon out-of-this-world food made from the freshest ingredients found in the northwest corner of the state. The wait staff is efficient, friendly and really cool, and the management knows how to create a festive party atmosphere.

JJ’s Grill – Located at 324 W Dickson St has a high vibe, great food including soups, samaches, wraps, burgers, cold beer and amazing drinks.  Free live music is available weekdays and on the weekends.  Service is friendly and attentive, making you feel welcome whether you’re a regular or just stopping in for the first time.

George’s Majestic Lounge – Better known as “George’s” and located at 519 W Dickson Street, this lounge is “Where Live Music Lives.” George’s is the oldest and longest-running nightclub venue in the whole of Arkansas. It is best known for the many outstanding acts that have performed there over the years, including Little River Band, Pat Green, Sam Bush, Cate Brothers, Michael Burks, Chubby Carrier, and many others too numerous to mention.

Other pubs and bars in the area where you can enjoy awesome live music, drinks and grub include Cannibal and Craft (handcrafted drinks), Smoke and Barrel, Infusion Bar, Sideways, Ryleigh’s, Willy D’s Rock & Roll Piano Bar, Kingfish, You Know, Uno!, Grubbs, Pinpoint, Brewskis, Cork & Keg, 21st Amendment and Dickson Street Pub.  Although Stage Eighteen with its full bars and art galleries isn’t technically on Dickson St, it is one of the most popular community performance venues in famous downtown Fayetteville.

Dickson Street’s electrifying energy is like no other.  All the bars are in close proximity to each other, making it easy to walk from place to place as a group. No matter where you end up, you’re sure to have a fun time on Dickson Street.