The north side of the river hosts Verizon Arena and the Argenta Historic District. The Argenta District has becoming a booming place for nightlife, dining and just hanging out before or after an event at Verizon Arena.
I've put an * by my personal faves.
2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock
Japanese steakhouse and hibachi grill. This is connected with the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, but it's a very popular Japanese steakhouse. $$
Good Food by Ferneau
521 Main St, North Little Rock
501-725-4219, Facebook, Twitter
Donnie Ferneau moved across the river for his latest restaurant. Good Food offers healthy, organic dining with take-out and catering options. $$$
425 Main Street, North Little Rock
Monday-Friday 5:00 p.m.
Ristorante Capeo is a fine dining establishment that serves northern Italian style food. The atmosphere would be good for a date or gathering, but also is suited for business. It's one of the best Italian restaurants in Central Arkansas. Casual dress acceptable. $$$$
2 Riverfront Pl, N Little Rock
One of the best steak houses in the central Arkansas region, Riverfront Steakhouse is appropriate for dates or a business meeting. $$$$
314 Main Street, North Little Rock
Skinny J's is a burger and steak place with a pretty varied menu that ranges from burgers and sandwiches to pasta and seafood. Nice, casual atmosphere. $$
*Starving Artists Cafe
411 Main St., North Little Rock
501-372-7976, Facebook, Twitter
Locally owned cafe with a Mediterranean twist. Menu changes frequently, but is always fresh and fun. The name references the fact that the owner displays work from local artists, so it has a fun atmosphere. $$.
Ump's at Dickey-Stephens Park
400 W. Broadway, North Little Rock
5 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Monday's when the Travs are in town.
Located at Dickey-Stephens Park where the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team plays. $$
Bars & Over 21
Arkansas Ale House
600 North Broadway
Argenta is also the home of Diamond Bear Brewery, Arkansas' original craft beer brewery. Diamond Bear Brewery used to be located on the other side of the river, but when they moved to Argenta, they opened this great little brew pub. The pub has a few pub themes eats like brats and wings. They are not open on Monday. You can actually tour their brewery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's located at the same location. You can visit the Ale House and tour the brewery if you're under 21 (they have root beer for under 21s). $$
Cregeen's Irish Pub
301 Main Street, North Little Rock
11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday
Cregeen's is a pub imported straight from Ireland. It's becoming a favorite local hangout. Good alcohol selection and traditional pub food. It's one of only a few traditional Irish pubs in Central Arkansas. $$
*Crush Wine Bar
318 Main St., North Little Rock
A fun, small wine bar with a small menu of appetizers. Fun place for wine lovers with knowledgeable staff. This is a favorite local place for a girls night out or a casual date. $$
301 Main Street #102, North Little Rock
The Joint is a cabaret theater and coffeehouse, offering live entertainment 5 nights a week. They have good coffee, but they have a great menu of food items too. The theater has stand-up, music, open mic nights and more. They are not over twenty-one only. $
Reno's Argenta Cafe(21+ only)
312 Main Street, North Little Rock
Sandwiches, pizza and more. Live music on Saturdays. $$