Most areas of the country have a hidden treasure or two, but here in Northwest Arkansas, there are many such places. These are typically places that are known to the immediate locals, but hidden to even regional visitors, and certainly hidden to travellers passing through. Here’s a list of Top 10 hidden treasures in Northwest Arkansas:
Urban Forest Axe House
1706 SE Walton Blvd Ste 12, Bentonville, AR 72712
One of the most exciting concepts to locate in Northwest Arkansas, Urban Forest Axe House is the art and skill of throwing an axe at a target with the ultimate goal of hitting the bull’s eye. Coaches first teach you to throw, then they are with you every step of the way. Anyone can learn how to throw the axe properly, and even rank beginners have fun. There are three different ways to rent the throwing lanes, by the person, by the lane or by the hour. If you haven’t tried it yet, it is a must do in Northwest Arkansas
8th Street Market
801 SE 8th St, Bentonville, AR 72712
8th Street Market has it all including food trucks and restaurants, specialty shops including a cheese shop and a chocolatier, places to study and places to just chill, bars and places to have fun too. Imagine a sunken shuffleboard court smack in the middle of all this excitement and fun, and you’ve got a general feel for what 8th Street Market is all about. For an evening of pure fun, take yourself and your family out to this Northwest Arkansas rising star where you’ll find a juice bar, eateries like the Colombian, Indian, Phillipino food trucks, a chocolatier, an ice cream shop and more.
One Eyed Jacks Fine Tobacco Lounge
2308 SE 28th St, Bentonville, AR 72712
Even if you’re not a cigar devotee, it’s worth a trip to One Eyed Jacks Fine Tobacco Lounge to find out what it’s all about. You’ll find a huge collection of cigars, a state -of-the-art 360 sq ft walk-in humidor, a full bar that is second to none, a cutting-edge purification system, free WiFi, big comfortable eating and flat screened TV’s . Big Joe and Joyce, the owners, or one of the other knowledgeable staff will be happy to give you a short tour. Surprising, a good many of its customers are women.
11507 AR-72, Centerton, AR 72719
Think of 72 West as an upscale flea market. If you are intrigued by curiosities, you will absolutely love 72 West where you will literally find something for everyone. Pass the time looking for the hidden gems among the junk. They are there just waiting for you to find them. As the merchandise is rotated often, every visit to the place proves to be an exciting adventure, even if you visit frequently. The items for sale are either brand spanking new or gently used quality items. Service is terrific and the store is clean and inviting.
Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar $
10 Mountain St, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
Great place to kick back with friends. Has a welcoming atmosphere, a wide variety of pizzas, friendly efficient service, full bar, good beer selection, and live music. Both locals and visitors to Eureka Springs love to frequent this unique establishment.
Big Box Karaoke
115 N Block Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Who doesn’t enjoy Karaoke? This is Fayetteville’s first private-suite Karaoke bar. It differs from traditional Karaoke where there is only one mike for the whole room, to private suites, which are much smaller, and offer privacy where small groups of friends and family can meet to sing, eat and drink. Don’t feel like getting up in front of an entire room full of people, Big Box Karaoke offers the perfect solution for you. Great for celebrating special occasions or for gathering with friends. The equipment is state-of-the-art, and there is a huge list of songs to choose from.
112 W Center St b001, Fayetteville, AR 72701
This former actual vault is stylish and intimate with a hip vibe. The Vault, located just off the alley, has some of the friendliest and most talented bartenders you’ll find anywhere. They create beautiful and delicious craft drinks branded with their signature ice cubes, and they pour some of the best high end bourbons in the country. They also stock a good many premium scotches for you scotch drinkers out there. Great place to meet for elegant cocktails in Fayetteville.
Workman’s Travel Center
898 W Monroe Ave, Lowell, AR 72745
Truck stops are not generally known for their excellent, tasty food, clean restrooms and stores, and friendly, helpful staff, but Workman’s Travel Center has all this and more. What a great place to stop in for truckers, mountain bikers and other cyclists looking for a nice break and a clean restroom or for travellers passing through the area. Once users find out about this hidden treasure, they will look forward to making it a regular stop.
Rogers Experimental House
121 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR 72756
Rogers Experimental House Inc. a 501c3 is a gallery and studio that schedules its space for all kinds of learning opportunities for artists and makers. There’s a wide variety of classes and artist showing. For example, the fluid art classes are very popular as are the mixed-media classes, and the mini alcohol paint classes. Classes are modestly priced. If you’ve ever want to learn how to learn an art form, this is the place for you.
100-2 E Alpine St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Serving the downtown communities of Siloam Springs,Creekside is all about Arkansas. It has 21 taps representing 17 different Arkansas craft breweries, and 8 different wines from 3 different Arkansas wineries. The place is a fun happening place anytime owing to its Live Music Fridays, Cornhole Tournaments, and Trivia Nights. Great place to kick back on the beautiful patio or beer garden with family and friends. Owners are terrific, and keen that you have a great time. If you haven’t been yet, put it on your schedule soon. You’ll have a fun time while creating some great memories.