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Pubs, Hubs and Grub

Hubs & Stubs: Places to Visit

Miss Laura's Welcome Center

Miss Laura’s is a welcome center unlike any other you’ve ever visited! Located in downtown Fort Smith just off of Garrison Avenue, Miss Laura’s Welcome Center is a former bordello (the first bordello listed on The National Register of Historic Places). You can take a tour of Miss Laura’s and learn about its colorful history, plus get maps and information about places to visit in the area. 

Fort Smith National Cemetery

The Fort Smith National Cemetery, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, was established as a national cemetery in 1867. Isaac C. Parker, known as the “Hanging Judge” for the 151 death sentences handed down and General William O. Darby are buried at the cemetery along with more than 13,000 men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The cemetery is located at 522 S 6th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901. For more info, click here or call 479-783-5345  

The Clayton House

Just a short ride from Garrison Avenue at 6th and “F” streets, the Clayton House is a historic house museum that takes you back to the 1880s! The Clayton House is Fort Smith’s only Victorian era home authentically restored and open to the public.

Fort Smith Museum of History

The mission of the Fort Smith Museum of History is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of Fort Smith and the surrounding region. Established in 1910, our exhibits illustrate the contributions of Fort Smith’s citizens to the cultural, political, and economic development of the area. Plus, they have special motorcycle exhibits during the Steel Horse Rally. The museum is located at  320 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR.

Enjoy a treat in the old fashioned soda fountain and experience a 1920s-1940s pharmacy. Ice cream, sundaes, floats and handmade ice cream sodas served in this delicious working exhibit!

Visit the museum gift shop for locally produced pottery, baskets and crafts.  Prints of historic Fort Smith are available, as well as John Bell note cards.  Choose from an excellent selection of books on area history.

Judge Parker's Courtroom

For fans of Old West history and movies like “True Grit,” Judge Isaac Parker’s Courtroom was a place known for “swift justice.” You can visit the original site of Fort Smith as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Smith. See Hangin’ Judge Parker’s Courtroom and the site of the gallows. The National Historic Site is located at 301 Parker Ave, Fort Smith, AR. Click here for more info

Pendergraft Park

Take a photo of you on your steel horse in front of the statue of U.S. Deputy Bass Reeves on his horse (cast in bronze). This statue in downtown Fort Smith honors Reeves, one of the first African-American Deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi River. He arrested more than 3,000 felons and shot and killed fourteen outlaws in self-defense. Pendergraft Park is located at 200 Garrison Ave. Click here for more info  

Unexpected Murals

You may have noticed the brightly-colored mural next to the Steel Horse Rally Motorcycle Vendor Village. The look of downtown Fort Smith has changed with the addition of murals and various forms of art that are part of the Unexpected project

The Fort Smith Trolley Museum

Take a ride on a piece of history and arrive in style on an electric trolley from the 1920s that has been restored and is still used in downtown Fort Smith, AR. Plus, new routes have been added, that take you right to where the Steel Horse Rally is held in downtown Fort Smith, AR. The Trolley Museum is located at 100 S 4th St, Fort Smith, AR. Click here for more info

Grub & Pubs: Places to Dine & Unwind

Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ

 Grand Champion Style BBQ in Fort Smith, Arkansas! E Fort Smith Magazine’s Favorite BBQ 7 Straight years! (2015-2009), Best Pie in Arkansas (Bourbon Choc. Pecan) Nov. 2013.
Located in: Maybranch Shopping Center at 2801 Old Greenwood Rd, Fort Smith, AR 72903 
Visit them online or call 479 649 7427

Bricktown Brewery - Fort Smith

Local brewpub chain serving burgers, pizza, American comfort food & beer in a Historic Downtown Location 318 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith, AR.
Check out Our New Twisted Comfort Foods!
Visit them online or call 479 434 2739

Jeff's Clubhouse

Fort Smith’s Premier place for Lunch, Brunch, and Catering. Offering Lunch (an amazing variety of sandwiches, soups and salads), Monday-Friday and a High End Saturday Brunch! Located in May Branch Square, 2801 Old Greenwood Rd. #16, Fort Smith, AR. 

Click here to visit their website

 

The Sound Room

The Sound Room at 817 Garrison has tons of live entertainment and is the location of the 2018 Steel Horse Rally Concert & Miss SHR Bikini Contest on Saturday, May 5th. The Sound Room has two levels with multiple bars where you can enjoy your beverages, all-American food, and great live music and entertainment on the stage. Plus, those with a VIB (Very Important Biker) Pass during the rally will be able to enjoy the special VIB area that features a balcony overlooking Garrison Avenue. Visit them online and follow them on Facebook.

La Huerta Mexican

La Huerta Mexican Grill offers a variety of food and beverage items at their downtown location (400 Garrison Ave.) with indoor and patio dining and live music. Follow them on Facebook

Doe's Eat Place of Fort Smith

In 1941, Dominic “Doe” Signa began cooking steaks and tamales for the people of Greenville, Mississippi. That same great food & Delta style tradition continues today. Located at 422 N 3rd St, Fort Smith, AR  Visit them online.

 

21 West End

The eclectic menu at 21 West End is best described as a fusion of classic traditional recipes and modern creativity. We use only the highest quality ingredient from Prime Angus beef to the finest seafood and produce. Delivered with passion and the art of cuisine for the pleasure of our guests. We welcome you to come experience everything from handmade appetizers, savory entrees to decadent desserts.

Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit them online

Sake - Sushi & Martini Bar

Sake features a unique atmosphere right on Garrison Avenue, offering fresh sushi and a variety of martinis and cocktails. Follow them on Facebook

Rolando's Nuevo Latino Restaurante

Rolando’s features New Latin Cuisine at their location at 917 N. A Street in Fort Smith and offer unique dishes with handmade sauces and spectacular desserts. Fort Smith is the original three restaurants in Arkansas. Visit them online

Fort Smith Brew Company

Fort Smith Brew Company makes and serves handcrafted beers named in honor of local legends at their location at what used to be part of Fort Chaffee at 7500 Fort Chaffee Blvd. in Fort Smith. For more info, call 479-242-3722 or Visit them online

Papa’s Pub and Pizzeria

A Great Pub & A Hot Pie. What else do ya need? Papa’s is a local tradition, 508 Garrison. Visit online

AJ’s Oyster House

Great food, Great Downtown Fort Smith location. 115 N 10th. Patio area. On Facebook

R. Landrys New Orleans Cafe

Seafood, Cajun and Creole, Downtown Fort Smith. On Facebook

Neumeier’s Rib Room

Bar B Que and Patio Seating located in the heart of the Rally at 424 Garrison Ave. Visit online

Core Brewing Co - Fort Smith Pub

Local Brew, Downtown location. 701 Rogers Ave. On Facebook