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.

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.

Sixth Street Liquor Store

520 S.W. 6th St., Topeka

El Mezcal Restaurant No. 4

511 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

Although its main focus is food, El Mezcal No. 4 offers margaritas, both Mexican and domestic beers and some wine. Dash in for a fast-service lunch or enjoy a relaxed dinner, perhaps on the patio when the weather warms. There are daily drink, lunch and dinner specials. And don't forget: El Mezcal III is at 5301 S.W. 21st, and there are two El Mezcals in Lawrence.

The Celtic Fox

118 S.W. 8th, Topeka

Fancy a pint? Find a bit of Ireland in this cool limestone storefront in downtown Topeka. This bar serves all the great Irish beers -- Smithwicks, Harp and Guinness -- from a long wood bar. Fill your belly with Irish classics like shepherd’s pie or a Reuben sandwich. The Fox draws a varied crowd, from area regulars to state lawmakers. It also books parties. (updated: 3.10.12)

Below the Row at RowHouse Restaurant

515 S.W. Van Buren, Topeka

Enter this ultra-chic sophisticated bar through red velvet curtains. There's space for 12, making it a cozy spot for drinks for two or guests waiting for tables at the upscale restaurant above. Like the rest of the RowHouse, the bar retains the old home's charm with an old fireplace, but it mixes in a contemporary, cool vibe. A great place for good wine or ask about the specialty cocktails.

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.

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.

Break Room

911 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka

A quirky little place in a cool refurbished downtown storefront where you can buy a bottle of beer, hot dog, espresso drink, ice cream and grilled panini -- among other things. There's a pool table, 15-foot screen projection TV, wireless internet and a small convenience store. As the place's name implies, it's a great spot to escape work for a few minutes. (Or more!)

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.

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