All Bars

Old Chicago

1231 SW Wanamaker Rd, Topeka

Old Chicago is a regular stop for adventurous beer drinkers. More than 100 names are on its World Beer Tour Hall of Fame in Topeka after drinking 110 different beers in stock. Old Chicago is filled with Chicago memorabilia, including Chicago band album covers and old Chicago newspapers. Its specialty is deep-dish Chicago-style pizza.



Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

1925 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka

Like any good Italian restaurant, the Olive Garden (serving Topeka since 1990) offers plenty of wine options. Not sure which to choose? They'll help you pick something to go with your pasta. Or try one of the Olive Garden's specialty cocktails. One of those cocktails -- the "Italian Margarita" -- doesn't quite sound authentically Italian, but it does sound tasty.



On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina

1235 SW Wanamaker, Topeka

The bar at On the Border has six beers on tap, plus a variety of bottled beers, including domestic and Mexican, and mixed drinks. Half-price appetizers are served from 3-7 p.m. Smoking is allowed only in the bar, and a patio is available.



Oscar's

1424 S.W. Lane St., Topeka

Oscar's is one of the original College Hill bars. It has daily drink and food specials, serving burgers, fries, roast beef, and mashed potatoes and gravy. College students hang out here, but a number of older regulars also frequent Oscar's.



Outback Steakhouse

5826 SW 21st St., Topeka

You could take advantage of call-ahead seating, but then you might cut short a trip to the Outback bar. It serves wine, martinis, premium liquors and keeps six beers on tap, plus bottled domestic and imports. Or try one of the special cocktails, including the frosty Wallaby Darned.



Paisano's Ristorante

4043 SW 10th, Topeka

Paisano's Ristorante is a romantic eating establishment, featuring authentic Italian food and wines. The drink menu includes a dozen specialty drinks. This place is known for great pastas, shrimp, seafood, chicken, steak and lasagna, which is the house specialty. Listen to music by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Il Divo. Dining outside on the patio is pleasant in good weather.



Pepe & Chela's

1001 SW Tyler, Topeka

The bar is at the entrance, and customers are welcome to drink there or sit down in the restaurant. Food is made fresh daily, including chips and chile rellenos. Cool your palette with Mexican and domestic beers, margaritas and mixed drinks.



Philip Billard VFW Post 1650

3110 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

Veterans both young and old mix in this relaxed setting where cold beer is the perfect accompaniment to war stories or a game of Keno. Texas Hold ’Em and karaoke alternate as entertainment on Thursday nights. Mostly, it's a place where regulars can meet up -- an elite group that has the shared experience of foreign service.



Pigskin's Sports Bar

2833 SW 29th St, Topeka

Boss Hawg's added Pigskin's next door in 2003 as a separate bar but with same great food. It has a sports decor with wood furniture, lots of character, several beers on tap and smoking. It's a great place to watch a game -- and check out the half-price menu from 10 p.m. to midnight. "Beer, sports and barbecue go together real well," the late owner Hank Lumpkin once said.



Pizza Parlor

1919 N.E. Seward Ave., Topeka

Little changes at this no-frills joint frequented by Oakland locals. Don't be fooled by the name "Pizza Parlor." Bill Domme serves just about anything. "If you can't find something on the menu to eat," he says, "you're not hungry." He serves a more limited offering of drinks. The Parlor offers 3.2 beer -- mostly domestic stuff but some imports, too. Wine coolers as well.