All Bars

Skinny's Sports Bar & Grill

4016 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

When Chiefs and KU fans gather to pull for their teams, they don’t have to look hard for one of 30 TVs. Skinny's is big on food, too, especially its wings (try them at "volcanic" hotness if you dare). Skinny’s generally can mix what you want from its full bar, but domestic beers are most popular. The crowd skews younger as the night goes on, and there's a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.



Skivies Bar & Grill

921 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Formerly the Tool Shed Tap, Skivies opened in downtown Topeka in May 2011. Like the Tool SHed, Skivies is a relaxed neighborhood bar — lots of people who know each other. The dance floor stays full on weekends. The bar's focus is on its gay clientele, but it draws in a lot of straight customers, too.



Speck's Bar and Grill

2105 SW Mission Ave., Topeka

Drop by early in the day and you might get to share a can of beer with one of the regulars who knew the bar's namesake, Franklin 'Benge' Speck. From behind a large horseshoe-shaped bar, Specks offers four beers on tap, liquors and coolers filled with both cans and bottles. Speck’s also has wireless internet, Keno and seven flat-screen TVs. For the hungry, Speck's offers a three-pound hamburger.



Tailgators Sports Pub and Grub

2025 S.W. Urish, Topeka

Brrr. Tailgators boasts the coldest aluminum bottles of beer in town -- downright frosty. Watch the big game in a smoke-free environment on one of 18 TVs, including a 6-foot projection screen. No need for smokers to feel left out. Tailgators offers a heated and air-conditioned patio. When the weather is nice, the glass garage doors on the patio are opened. Food and drink specials every day.



Terry's Bar & Grill

522 S.W. 6th Ave., Topeka

You never know who you'll run into at Terry's -- the kind of place where legislators and judges dine next to construction workers and pipe fitters as journalists watch. It's lively, smoky and unpretentious. Yet, it's friendly in that "Cheers" sort of way. A comfortable place to kick back with a pitcher of domestic beer and take in the scene.



Texas Roadhouse

5901 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

Come for the main attraction -- hand-cut steaks and tender rib meat that falls off the bone -- and wash it down with something from the full-service bar. Among the offerings are five ice-cold beers on tap and margaritas. Munch on peanuts while you wait and toss the shells on the floor, but leave room for the meat as well as fresh-baked bread and made-from-scratch sides.



The 20's

2910 S.W. Oakley, Topeka

Owner Hank Hulsing calls the place "probably the best 'Cheers' bar in Topeka." Even at 10 a.m. on a weekday morning, he can look at a bar already filling with regulars -- the same folks filling seats since it opened in 1973. And yes, there's a guy named Norm. Regulars don't even need to order. Bartenders just know what they want to sip while playing pitch.



The Burger Stand

1601 S.W. Lane, Topeka

The Burger Stand opened on Sept. 8, 2011.

Robert Krause started one of Topeka's trendiest eateries — New City Cafe — and his newest creation, The Burger Stand, opened in College Hill. With gourmet burgers & fries, The Burger Stand will raises the ante on the gourmet burgers. Featuring two bars with more than a dozen craft beers on tap plus pool and ping pong tables.



The Celtic Fox

118 S.W. 8th, Topeka

Fancy a pint? Find a bit of Ireland in this cool limestone storefront in downtown Topeka. This bar serves all the great Irish beers -- Smithwicks, Harp and Guinness -- from a long wood bar. Fill your belly with Irish classics like shepherd’s pie or a Reuben sandwich. The Fox draws a varied crowd, from area regulars to state lawmakers. It also books parties. (updated: 3.10.12)



The Den

1116 N.W. Lower Silver Lake Road, Topeka

Marriage didn't work out for Sue and Willie Artzer, but the private club the ex's opened in 1984 has lasted. Willie died in 1999, and Sue now runs The Den -- a place she calls "down-home country, probably one of the last honky-tonks." Look for live, local country bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Locals fill the place the rest of the week.