Bar Scene

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.



Blue Moose Bar & Grill

3030 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

The Blue Moose opened on Nov. 7, 2011, in the former Brick Oven building. An upscale sports bar known for amazing food, Blue Moose also has a wide variety of cocktails and beer. The bar is classy and a unique patio make this a great addition to Topeka.

The Blue Moose is still deciding what hours they will be open, so if you plan on going late, you might want to call first.



Lazy Toad Restaurant, Sports Bar and Lounge

5331 SW 22nd Place, Topeka

Todd Howell's exciting new sports bar & restaurant opened in the Fairlawn Plaza Mall in April 2011. Howell, a partner in Bullfrog's Live for nine years, has created a spectacular new place that holds more than 300. Live music on the weekends.

The restaurant features home style food with favorites such as chicken and meatloaf as well as New York-style pizza.



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)



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.



Hooters

6100 SW 10th, Topeka

Hooters' decor is rustic beach scene, delightfully tacky yet unrefined, with Christmas lights up year round and pictures of different celebrities. This is a place to get beer and chicken and look at hot girls. Children are welcome. There are kids menus.



Riegel's 20's West

901 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

The strip-mall space got a facelift two years ago and is a great place to catch big games. Just about everything looks good on the two new 60-inch HDTVs. (There are four other TVs, too.) The 20's West replicates much of the original place but with food. Don't overlook the 10-ounce KC Strip with salad, baked potato and roll for only $10. (Updated 7.22.09)



Michelle's Lounge

605 SW Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Michelle's Lounge -- a Topeka destination for more than 30 years -- is a quiet getaway. Go there for intimate conversation and enjoy the great food (fish, steaks and burgers). Eight beers are on tap, plus bottled domestic and imports and mixed drinks. Glenlivet and Gray Goose, Chivas, Jack Daniels -- all the good stuff -- available. Margaritas and daiquiris are mixed to perfection.



Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

1227 S.W. Wanamaker Rd # 400, Topeka

Nothing takes the edge off the burn of a hot wing like a nice cold beer, and Buffalo Wild Wings offers both the burn and cool remedy. With a bar and a dining room, feel free to bring friends to watch sports on the many screens throughout the restaurant or drag along the family for a fun dining experience.



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.



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