Pizza Parlor

1919 N.E. Seward Ave., Topeka

Little changes at this no-frills joint frequented by Oakland locals. Don't be fooled by the name "Pizza Parlor." Bill Domme serves just about anything. "If you can't find something on the menu to eat," he says, "you're not hungry." He serves a more limited offering of drinks. The Parlor offers 3.2 beer -- mostly domestic stuff but some imports, too. Wine coolers as well.

Paisano's Ristorante

4043 SW 10th, Topeka

Paisano's Ristorante is a romantic eating establishment, featuring authentic Italian food and wines. The drink menu includes a dozen specialty drinks. This place is known for great pastas, shrimp, seafood, chicken, steak and lasagna, which is the house specialty. Listen to music by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Il Divo. Dining outside on the patio is pleasant in good weather.

Pepe & Chela's

1001 SW Tyler, Topeka

The bar is at the entrance, and customers are welcome to drink there or sit down in the restaurant. Food is made fresh daily, including chips and chile rellenos. Cool your palette with Mexican and domestic beers, margaritas and mixed drinks.

Outback Steakhouse

5826 SW 21st St., Topeka

You could take advantage of call-ahead seating, but then you might cut short a trip to the Outback bar. It serves wine, martinis, premium liquors and keeps six beers on tap, plus bottled domestic and imports. Or try one of the special cocktails, including the frosty Wallaby Darned.

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.

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

1925 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka

Like any good Italian restaurant, the Olive Garden (serving Topeka since 1990) offers plenty of wine options. Not sure which to choose? They'll help you pick something to go with your pasta. Or try one of the Olive Garden's specialty cocktails. One of those cocktails -- the "Italian Margarita" -- doesn't quite sound authentically Italian, but it does sound tasty.

Gage Bowl North

200 E Highway 24, Topeka

Bowling and beer are almost inseparable, and Gage North's bar won't disappoint there, but mixed drinks are available, too. Let a lane waitress save you steps and a sticky approach. Order something tasty from the snack bar and point the kids toward the arcade.


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.

Maddie's (Ramada Hotel)

420 SE 6th, Topeka

Maddie's is a lounge serving your favorite drinks and is directly connected to the Madison Street Diner inside the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. They serve the same great food that has made the Madison Street Diner a popular destination, as well as top-shelf cocktails in a quiet, friendly environment. The walls inside Maddie's are uniquely decorated with drawings of past hotel guests.

Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

3425 S. Kansas Ave. , Topeka

A Topeka tradition featuring great margaritas in a festive, brightly-decorated atmosphere. The restaurant is clean, laid back and family-friendly. The bar features special drinks with some beers on tap.

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