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The 10 Best Bars In Wichita, Kansas

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Updated: 12 December 2016
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.

Harry’s Uptown Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Harry’s Uptown Bar & Grill has become an institution in Wichita. This bar is best known for its stiff drinks, including a Bloody Mary that certainly opens the eyes for a Sunday brunch. It is open for lunch, dinner, and late night but no matter what, the service will be friendly and fast. The patio outside is heated. Harry’s is truly a neighborhood bar and grill. For food, the steak fries are always an excellent choice to snack on while you enjoy a drink.

3023 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, US +1 316-687-6511

#greenlightgo #sundayfunday it's been a long roller coaster of a week… It's medicine time.

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Lucky’s Everyday

Pub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Lucky’s Everyday has the character of a hole-in-the-wall dive bar. Though it’s located in the Old Town, it is off the beaten path, making it quieter and more local than touristy. Lucky’s is well-known for its support of the local arts, including hanging local artists’ work on the walls and booking local bands. For entertainment, there are pinball machines, a pool table, and a digital jukebox. The restaurant has a rather large beer selection as well as a fairly impressive list of whiskeys on offer; the friendly atmosphere is what makes Lucky’s a favorite.

1217 E. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, US +1 316-201-6910

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Mort’s Martini Bar

Pub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Mort’s Martini Bar, located in Wichita’s Old Town district, specializes in martinis, with over 160 variations on offer. Favorites include the “Fallen Angel,” made with Irish cream, Dark Cream de Coca, and white chocolate. For those not looking for a martini, the full bar is extensive. In spring and summer, live acts play out on the patio six nights a week, though they move indoors for the fall and winter. The patio, which is heated, remains open year-round. Mort’s also offers plenty of cigars for aficionados.

Martini's and Cigars with my lady @kaylafitzmier

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Tue:
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Cosy

Wine Dive

Wine Bar, Bar, Cocktail Bar, French, European, $$$
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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.

Creme brûlée X Sauvignon.😛

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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Romantic

Barleycorn’s

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Barleycorn’s is as much a bar as it is a live music venue, and it’s quickly becoming one of the best places in Wichita for live entertainment. It plays host to local acts as well as relatively well-known musicians, and there are also open mic comedy nights. Drinks here are reasonably priced, with beer being the widest selection. Both draft and bottles are available. There’s a 30-foot bar that contributes to the hip and stylish atmosphere, and bartenders are welcoming.

Such a fucking amazing show! Thanks @thepackad for being absolutely badass. #thepackad

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Mon - Sat:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Headshots Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Headshots Bar & Grill is Kansas’ first and favorite gaming bar. Though they have an impressive selection of both video games and board games, they also welcome patrons to bring in games of their own to play on the house consoles. The atmosphere is fun, casual, and open to both gamers and non-gamers alike. As might be expected, the cocktail menu is all video-gamed themed, with the “Rainbow Road” being a popular choice. The beer list includes plenty of American-brewed beers, including IPAs, porters, and Scottish-style ales. Expect finger food to snack on while gaming.

6140 E. 21st Street North #170, Wichita, KS, US +1 316-260-4370

Tonight at 7pm playing some Lord of the Rings Dice Building game and Deck Building the Deck Building game.

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Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Unusual, Quirky

The Monarch

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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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.

579 W. Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS, US +1 316-201-6626

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Oasis Lounge

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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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.

Wichita's finest! #divebar #weddingweekend

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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Gianni Bacci’s Bar & Grill

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Gianni Bacci’s is an old-fashioned speakeasy and an upscale bar in terms of décor. However, the atmosphere is not stuffy by any means. Since the place is small, seating may be limited. The food menu, meanwhile, is intended to create a conversation, as dishes are meant to be shared at the table. Drinks served here are unique, with both Prohibition-era drinks like ‘The Scofflaw’ and modern drinks like a lychee martini sharing space on the menu. Its owner also prides himself on the whiskey selection.

301 N. Washington Street, Wichita, KS, US +1 316-613-3350

#talesofthecocktail #yearofthemule #mule #italianherbmule #muddyjoeskoffeetonics #beepollenbitters

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Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
3:00 pm - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Stylish

Deano’s Grill & Tapwork

Pub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Deano’s Grill & Tapworks is a great example of a sports bar that has a very relaxed atmosphere and nice décor. There are over 20 beers on tap, and more in bottle and can form. The staff here also serves cocktails like the ‘After-game Spa Water’, made with cucumber vodka and layered with soda water. As this is a sports bar, there are plenty of TVs showing both professional and college sports games. The décor includes signed sports memorabilia. Though the food includes typical bar fare, there are less predictable inclusions such as duck wings and artisanal pizzas.

9747 E. 21st Street North #101, Wichita, KS, US +1 316-977-7107

Game day! USA vs Ghana @ 5:00. Come on by your neighborhood bar here at Deano's! #FIFA #USAsoccer

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Mon:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy