Wine

Blue Moose Bar & Grill

3030 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka

The Blue Moose opened on Nov. 7, 2011, in the former Brick Oven building. An upscale sports bar known for amazing food, Blue Moose also has a wide variety of cocktails and beer. The bar is classy and a unique patio make this a great addition to Topeka.

The Blue Moose is still deciding what hours they will be open, so if you plan on going late, you might want to call first.



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.



Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro

4025 S.W. 10th Ave., Topeka

At Blackbird Espresso Bar and Bistro in the Fleming Place shopping center, your favorite beers, wines, cocktails and coffee drinks are available in a laid-back atmosphere. The low-key vibe make this the polar opposite of a pulsing club or rowdy sports bar - perfect for intimate conversation or catching up with friends.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Hyatt Place Topeka

6021 SW 6th, Topeka

Within the Hyatt, The Gallery offers an intimate coffee and wine bar. The Gallery is an innovative welcoming arrival area where guests are greeted by a host who assists guests. The Gallery offers two self-registration kiosks, Starbucks coffee or wine, bakery, free Wi-Fi, a TV den and an e-room with free access to public computers and a printer.



Water's Edge Lounge, Capitol Plaza Hotel

1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

This bar is a great place to get away from the rest of Topeka and mingle with people from across the country. The bar is in an open canopy filled with a lot of natural light, plants, fountain and pond with water passing through. You sit down and forget you're in Topeka. Order food from Falling Water Grille. Public is welcome.



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