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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.



Topeka Sports Cabaret

4216 N.E. Seward Ave., Topeka

It doesn't get any better than sports and strippers, and Topeka Sports Cabaret features both. The wood-paneled, 8,200-square-foot club (formerly Snafu's) boasts a 30-foot bar, two stages for dancers, two VIP rooms and a 15-foot big screen among its array of TVs. There are daily drink specials, a food menu ranging from corndogs to ribeye steaks and a Friday food buffet ($7) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Moose Lodge

1901 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Once the most popular dining, drinking and dancing destination in the city, the Moose Lodge remains a vibrant social and service club with nearly 1,300 members. It offers full-service dining and live bands three nights a week, bingo three times a week and karaoke on Sundays. The Moose supports veterans activities and the JROTC program at Topeka High. And, yes, there's a moose head in the ballroom!



Poor Bills

840 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Pull up to the bar and chat up the locals by the soft glow of neon bar signs. Poor Bill's offers daily specials from its full bar. The White Russians are especially popular, but pale in comparison to beer's draw.



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)



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)



Joletta's

600 NW Paramore Street, Topeka

One of the cleanest bars in town, hard wood walls, flags over windows, neon lights, darkened ambience, and lots of interesting characters of all walks of life, including cowboys, attorneys, blue collar workers, lots of working men. Bartender Jennifer Falley has 13 years of experience and knows how to take care of customers.



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.



Dugout

1545 SW Fairlawn Rd., Topeka

If you're looking for an ice-cold beverage with a side of entertainment, look no further. The Dugout has it all. The friendly, sports-oriented atmosphere offers 11 TVs, five pool tables, karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, free popcorn and $3 half-pound cheeseburgers on Tuesdays and Thursdays -- not to mention NASCAR Sundays.



Kickstart Saloon

2521 N Kansas Ave, Topeka

The Kickstart is the No. 1 hangout for bikers in Topeka. These aren't Hells Angels -- just Topekans who like to ride their motorcycles and stop in for a cold one. The bartenders, including Cindy, are considered some of the best in the business. Beginning in May, the bar hosts bands every Thursday night.



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