Blues

Lazy Toad Restaurant, Sports Bar and Lounge

5331 SW 22nd Place, Topeka

Todd Howell's exciting new sports bar & restaurant opened in the Fairlawn Plaza Mall in April 2011. Howell, a partner in Bullfrog's Live for nine years, has created a spectacular new place that holds more than 300. Live music on the weekends.

The restaurant features home style food with favorites such as chicken and meatloaf as well as New York-style pizza.



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)



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.



Midwest Elks Lodge 1441

1316 S.E. Madison, Topeka

Midwest Elks Lodge 1441 has been in Topeka for more than 55 years. Members must fill out an application and pay dues. There are regular club meetings, and women's section and men's section. The nonprofit organization has talent contests and fundraisers for scholarships.



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.



Uncle Bo's (Ramada Hotel)

420 S.E. 6th , Topeka

With blues fans congregating from across the state, Uncle Bo's offers live, nationally recognized acts Friday and Saturday nights. Look to Uncle Bo's Web site for a listing of shows. Advance tickets are sold to bigger concerts, but most nights it's first-come, first-served, and the place can fill up fast. If you've got something special to celebrate, book the VIP room just off the stage.



Hot Pockets

1909 NE Seward Ave, Topeka

The pool hall also serves bar food, such as cheese sticks, fries and hamburgers. This is a neighborhood bar that allows minors in until 8 p.m. Sharon Suwalski has owned the bar for three years. She previously ran a different bar in North Topeka for 10 years.



Club Orleans

8249 SW 10th Ave, Topeka

On March 23, 2012, Club Orleans became an after hours gentlemen's club where patrons bring their own alcohol and enjoy adult entertainment with beautiful ladies from 1:30 a.m. until 5 a.m. in the morning. In addition to the entertainment, there will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.



North Star Steakhouse

1100 NW 25th St, Topeka

The North Star used to be a private supper club, but changed more than a decade ago and opened to the public. It has served countless legislators and the Kansas governor. The place serves several beers on tap, including Blind Tiger beer. There is no smoking allowed in the restaurant part of the North Star. However, smoking is allowed in the lounge.



Brass Rail Tavern

401 NE Emmett St, Topeka

The bar was established at the end of prohibition in the historic Oakland neighborhood. Owner Robert Stevens says he serves the coldest beer and the best barbeque in town, plus free popcorn. The courtyard, finished in 2008, allows for big parties and live music once a month. It's a cool, laid-back neighorhood bar. Nice people find a home here, Stevens said.



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