Food

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)



Famous Dave's

1625 S.W. Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

Take in a deep breath of hickory-smoked barbecue and head to the small bar to make the wait more bearable. Check out the drink menu including the "Blue Ribbon" drinks, ranging from the Famous Margarita (topped with a brandy float) to the spicy Devil's Spit Bloody Mary. There's a full bar and plenty of beer to go with the barbecue, from domestics to area brews from Tallgrass and Boulevard.



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.



Arab Shrine Temple

1305 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

The Arab Shrine Temple has a bar open to members on Friday nights only. To become a member, a person must be 18 and a Mason. Members support Shriners Hospitals for Children and raise money for temple programs.



American Legion Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31

442 Main St., Rossville

Every Saturday night is steak night, with servings of KC Strip, Ribeye, grilled salmon, hamburgers and chicken strips. It's a complete meal with homemade green beans, rolls, salad and drink. Jimmie Lillard was a local military hero who was killed while serving his country in wartime.



American Legion Capitol Post No. 1

3800 S.E. Michigan Ave, Topeka

The American Legion Capitol Post No. 1 has a bar that is open daily. The setting is comfortable, easy going and friendly. All veterans are welcome. The jukebox is filled with country and country western hits and some oldies. Members must have served at least one day of active military duty and been honorably discharged or still be serving honorably.



Top of the Tower

534 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 1600, Topeka

Top of the Tower’s City Lights Lounge will mix whatever you want, but the real selling point for this private club that opened in 1968 is the view. The classic lounge on the top floor of the Bank of America building in downtown Topeka offers a stunning panorama of the city – the perfect place to take in the sunset while sipping a martini or glass of wine.



The Fantasy

7128 S.E. US-40 Highway, Tecumseh

Take a break from the turnpike and unwind with a visit to this historic gentleman's club. Located east of Topeka at the intersection of US-40 Highway and Shadden Rd., The Fantasy -- once the site of a popular restaurant -- is a laid-back, country getaway with cold drinks and hot dancers. It also was the birthplace of Baby Dolls, now located in South Topeka.



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