Sasnak North

1834 N.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka

There are two important things to know before going to the Sasnak North: It's a strip club, and it serves free hot dogs. Owner Irvin Metz, who opened Sasnak North in 1952, likes to keep it simple: Hire attractive dancers, sell 3.2 beer and wine coolers, offer free hot dogs and have a good time. "We're like your neighborhood bar with dancers," an employee said. "We're very friendly here." (Updated 2/23/09)

Skinny's Sports Bar & Grill

4016 SW Huntoon, Topeka

Skinny's Sports Bar and Grill -- where every day is game day. When Chiefs and KU fans gather to pull for their teams they don’t have to look hard for one of 30 TVs. Skinny's is big on food, especially its wings (try them at "volcanic" hotness if you dare). Burgers, fries, steaks and chicken are served, too. The grill closes at 11 p.m. (Updated 2/27/09)

Speck's Bar and Grill

2105 SW Mission Ave., Topeka
In 1957, Franklin "Speck" Benge opened the Seabrook Tavern, but regulars also knew it as Speck's since it was quite literally Speck's place. The Seabrook is now downtown and Speck's daughter, Debbie Maichel, opened Speck's in the original Seabrook location in her dad's name in August 2009.

Speck's picture is on the sign outside and on the wall inside. Plus, Speck's sells the three-pound “Original Speck Burger.” Beyond the burger named for her dad, the menu is full of food named after other family members.

Tailgators Sports Pub and Grub

2025 SW Urish Rd., Topeka

Tailgators Sports Pub and Grub isn't your typical bar. This smoke-free environment has a dozen 42-inch plasma TVs and a 100-by-50-inch projection TV in the main bar.

An enclosed patio is available for patrons who want to smoke, with four 32-inch plasma TVs and room for 35 to 40 customers.

There are drink and food specials every day and Tailgators has a full menu that includes smoked ribs, brisket, pork and chicken, as well as a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, hamburgers and barbecue. (Updated 2/23/09)

Terry's Bar & Grill

522 S.W. 6th St., Topeka

Terry's Bar & Grill opened in 1976, offering a friendly place for people to gather for a good meal and a cold drink. You never know who you'll run into at Terry's -- the kind of place where legislators and judges dine next to construction workers and pipe fitters as journalists watch. It's lively, smoky and unpretentious -- a great place for friends to meet for dining, conversation or to watch favorite teams on one of the hi-def, big-sceen TVs.

*Note, the hours listed for Terry's are for when the kitchen is open.

Texas Roadhouse

5901 S.W. Huntoon, Topeka

Texas Roadhouse has featured great service and great food in an atmosphere that is both lively and casual since its opening in 2004. Don't miss the hand-cut steaks, tender rib meat that falls off the bone, made-from-scratch sides and fresh-baked bread. While you wait, munch on peanuts and toss the shells on the floor. (Updated 2/23/09)

The 20's West

901 SW Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Featuring excellent service, great food and a friendly atmosphere, The 20's West replicates much of the original 20's (see separate listing) but with food -- mostly typical bar stuff. New to the menu is a 10-ounce KC Strip with salad, baked potato and roll for only $10. Check out the daily drink special and TVs, too. (Updated 7.22.09)

The Burger Stand

1601 S.W. Lane, Topeka

The Burger Stand opened on Sept. 8, 2011.

Robert Krause started one of Topeka's trendiest eateries — New City Cafe — and now his newest creation, The Burger Stand, is open Topeka's College Hill district.

With gourmet burgers and fries — including delectable truffle fries — The Burger Stand will raise the ante on the gourmet burger market in Topeka. According to Krause, besides great food, The Burger Stand will feature two bars as well as pool and ping pong tables.

The Burger Stand boasts seating for 270 inside with room for another 40-50 on the outdoor patio.

In addition to great food, they also have more than a dozen craft beers on tap.

The Dugout

1545 Fairlawn Road, Topeka

Enjoy sports -- especially NASCAR Sundays -- on one of the Dugout's 11 TVs. The Dugout boasts of having the best cheeseburgers in town -- just $3 for a half-pound cheeseburger on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Daily drink and food specials.

The Sand Trap at Western Hills Golf Club

8533 SW 21st, Topeka

You won’t mind landing in this Sand Trap – situated at the Western Hills golf course. This sports bar and grill keeps patrons fueled from sunup to sundown with burgers, french fries, chicken, sandwiches and other sports bar staples. Stop by after a round of golf or come just to watch a game. (Updated 2/27/09)