Food

Terry's Bar & Grill

522 S.W. 6th Ave., Topeka

You never know who you'll run into at Terry's -- the kind of place where legislators and judges dine next to construction workers and pipe fitters as journalists watch. It's lively, smoky and unpretentious. Yet, it's friendly in that "Cheers" sort of way. A comfortable place to kick back with a pitcher of domestic beer and take in the scene.



Oscar's

1424 S.W. Lane St., Topeka

Oscar's is one of the original College Hill bars. It has daily drink and food specials, serving burgers, fries, roast beef, and mashed potatoes and gravy. College students hang out here, but a number of older regulars also frequent Oscar's.



Via's Pizza and More

738 S.W. Gage, Topeka

Via's is a pizza joint with a great selection of beer. The drink selection includes seven microbrews on tap and lots of other beers in bottles -- enough to give you something new to taste at every visit.



The Shack

2842 S.E. 29th St., Topeka

Cheeseburgers made with hand-rolled patties are the real draw here, but the cold beers (3.2 domestics) served at The Shack can hit the spot after a trip to neighboring Lake Shawnee for a round of golf or game. Just about everyone goes here. There are doctors and laywers in suits and construction workers with bits of concrete clinging to their jeans. Nothing fancy but certainly friendly.



CG's Lounge

501 N.W. Lyman Road, Topeka

CG's is very friendly, a place where everybody knows everybody. The bar opened in February 2008 and serves bottled beer and mixed drinks, nothing on tap.



Skinny's Sports Bar & Grill

4016 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

When Chiefs and KU fans gather to pull for their teams, they don’t have to look hard for one of 30 TVs. Skinny's is big on food, too, especially its wings (try them at "volcanic" hotness if you dare). Skinny’s generally can mix what you want from its full bar, but domestic beers are most popular. The crowd skews younger as the night goes on, and there's a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.



Dutch Goose Sports Bar & Grill

3203 SW 10th Ave., Topeka

Rich in character, The Dutch Goose has been a Topeka tradition for more than 70 years. Frank Butler opened The Dutch Goose on S.W. 10th Street in the 1930s. It is the oldest continuously operated bar in Topeka. Decor includes signs for Rock Chalk Jayhawk and Powercat Alley, the Carpenters & Millwrights Union and the Plumbers & Steamfitters Union.



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