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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.



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.



The Den

1116 N.W. Lower Silver Lake Road, Topeka

Marriage didn't work out for Sue and Willie Artzer, but the private club the ex's opened in 1984 has lasted. Willie died in 1999, and Sue now runs The Den -- a place she calls "down-home country, probably one of the last honky-tonks." Look for live, local country bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Locals fill the place the rest of the week.



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.



Pigskin's Sports Bar

2833 SW 29th St, Topeka

Boss Hawg's added Pigskin's next door in 2003 as a separate bar but with same great food. It has a sports decor with wood furniture, lots of character, several beers on tap and smoking. It's a great place to watch a game -- and check out the half-price menu from 10 p.m. to midnight. "Beer, sports and barbecue go together real well," the late owner Hank Lumpkin once said.



Wild Horse Saloon

3249 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Saddle up next to one of four bars -- two main bars and two satellite operations that dole out beer and shots. The slogan is "where Topeka parties at night," and the partying picks up as most good little cowboys and cowgirls are headed for bed. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and by 10 p.m. the dance floor is full. It’s especially busy on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.



Whiplash

2107 S.E. California Ave., Topeka

Whiplash is a laid-back place where nearby residents and people who used to live in the area kick back with drinks. It claims to have the best cheeseburger in town, but what really sticks out is the homemade roast beef sandwich. With roast beef piled high on two slices of Texas toast, a huge pile of mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, it's the special each Wednesday.



Reed's Ringside Sports Bar & Grill

4731 N.W. Hunters Ridge Cir., Topeka

It’s no surprise a restaurant owned by former professional boxing brothers Derrick and Damon Reed thrives on sports. Don't even think about turning on the juke box during big games. Catch sports on the 110-inch projection screen, one of five 60-inch TVs or 20 to 30 25-inch sets. Reed's likes its family crowd which turns to a younger, bar crowd as the night goes on. Beer is served in frosty mugs.



Skivies Bar & Grill

921 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Formerly the Tool Shed Tap, Skivies opened in downtown Topeka in May 2011. Like the Tool SHed, Skivies is a relaxed neighborhood bar — lots of people who know each other. The dance floor stays full on weekends. The bar's focus is on its gay clientele, but it draws in a lot of straight customers, too.



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