Laid Back Casual

PTs Coffee Roasting Co.

1635 S.W. Washburn Ave., Topeka

Flying Monkey was rebranded PTs Coffee Roasting Co. on July 19, 2012.

Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews is a cafe specializing in serving Direct Trade Coffee and Espresso and select brews from Micro-Breweries, including The Blind Tiger. The Monkey is located in the College Hill District at 17th & Washburn next to Washburn University.



Los Charros

4111 S.W. Gage Center Drive, Topeka

If you're a fan of delicious Mexican food and cheap margaritas, and who isn't really? Then Los Charros is the place for you.

The restaurant is nestled in the corner of the Gage Center shopping complex and is easily accessible from Gage Drive and Huntoon Street. Mouth-watering margaritas and an eye-catching bar area make it a perfect happy hour destination.



El Dorado Mexican Grille & Cantina

3627 S.E. 29th St. #101, Topeka

El Dorado offers an extensive selection of homemade Mexican favorites made from scratch. The house margarita can go head to head with the best in town.

Owners Elias Gallardo and Miguel Escamilla remodeled the restaurant's space extensively before opening in July 2010. The bar has a warm and cozy atmosphere, and the spacious booths are perfect for a night out with friends.



Jose Pepper's

1425 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

Jose Pepper's can't be beat if you're craving some delicious tacos or queso with your favorite Mexican beer. Margaritas are the name of the game here, and 2 for $7 golden margaritas are available all day every day - blended or on the rocks. The restaurant's bar has a reassuringly casual vibe, and there's plenty of space if you're out with a group.



El Maguey

2160 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka

El Maguey is the first Topeka franchise of a regional restaurant chain, owned by Juan Jasso and Martin Leon and set to open this spring.

The bar area has several TV screens and a long, curved bar counter for patrons to sit down and enjoy a beer or margarita. “We want people to come in and eat, watch their favorite games and just feel at home,” Jasso said.



Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro

4025 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka

At Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, your favorite beers, wines, cocktails and coffee drinks are available in a laid-back atmosphere. The low-key vibe make this the polar opposite of a pulsing club or rowdy sports bar - perfect for intimate conversation or catching up with friends.



J&J Gallery Bar

917 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka

After their biker bar in Emmett went up in flames in 2009, Jona and John Rupnicki found a new location in downtown North Topeka. In the fall of 2012, Ruffnecks reopened as J&J Gallery Bar to blend in with the NOTO arts district. Inside, you'll find plenty of cold beer as well as featured artwork from local artists. Live music is showcased on the weekends. (Updated 10.12)



Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant

837 S.W. Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Casa Ramos complements its authentic Mexican cuisine with 99-cent margaritas Monday through Friday and 99-cent Budweiser and Bud Light draws every day. The warm and friendly restaurant also serves some cocktails from its limited-service bar. (Updated 11.3.09)



Quinton's Bar & Deli

4121 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

Located in Gage Center, Quinton's is the perfect place to grab a beer and enjoy a conversation in a cozy, laid-back atmosphere. The full-service bar has a dozen beers on tap, including Boulevard and Guinness, and dozens of bottles to choose from, so you're sure to find your favorite brew. If the food bug bites, Quinton's offers a full deli menu of sandwiches, soups and salads. (Updated 10.20.09)



Last Pocket

5009 S.W. 29th , Topeka

Last Pocket offers six pool tables and big-screen TVs. The quaint, hidden gem at S.W. 29th and Fairlawn has cocktails and cold beer, along with a snack bar. They also offer weekly pool tournaments and pool leagues. They have an ATM.



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