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The city of Wichita, Kansas, is the cultural hub of the state, and that extends to its nightlife. As the city continues to grow, new spots have joined old favorites, with some capturing the spirit of the past and some embracing technology and looking to the future. For the best taste of local culture and history, take a look at these 10 recommended bars in Wichita.
With dark, rich woods offset by cream-colored walls, the Wine Dive offers contemporary cuisine to pair with its extensive wine list. Over 350 bottles are available, and the staff is knowledgeable and willing to suggest pairings. For those not interested in wine, there is a selection of beers, including Midwestern-brewed options to go along with the usual suspects. Meanwhile, on the food side, the Wine Dive serves lunch and dinner daily as well as a Sunday brunch menu. Steak frites au poivre is an excellent choice, served with wild mushroom marsala sauce and thinly sliced frites.
Located in Wichita’s historic Delano district, the Monarch has high ceilings and re-purposed décor, including a light made of old bicycle rims. The patio wraps around a significant portion of the building, creating an open and social setting. Sandwiches here are made with meat smoked in-house. As for drinks, the bourbon collection is truly impressive, including selections from Japan and the United Kingdom among other nations. Bourbon cocktails are also signature offerings, though the Monarch also has a large craft beer selection.
The Oasis Lounge has been a favorite in Wichita since opening its doors in the late 1930s. This is a classic dive bar, with a mix of standard and interesting beers to go along with the offerings of whiskey, schnapps, and bourbon. The Oasis is also famous for its award-winning burgers. If you’re feeling daring, go for ‘The Widow Maker’, which is made with Polish sausage, bacon, a fried egg, and your choice of cheese. There are also platters on offer. No matter what, the atmosphere will be warm and welcoming.