Entertainment & Nightlife

Topeka's growing entertainment scene provides three distinct areas for you to explore. From an art and mural filled district with live music, food, and fun to Topeka's historic and lively downtown community. Wheatfield Village joins Topeka as the newest area for dining and entertainment. Each area brings something unique and a different atmosphere! Throw axes, grab a beer, and party it up in each location!

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THE GROUPIES: Where to Find Live Music

Jam to fantastic live music at one of a handful of live music venues. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere, the Classic Bean and World Cup feature live music on select weekends. For quality cocktails and live music, join the hip crowd on the terrace at the Wheel Barrel in the North Topeka Arts District or The Weather Room at Cyrus Hotel. Want to catch some dive bar faves? Look no further than The Boobie Trap or Skinny's for a brew and some music filled evenings. Check out events on our calendar >>


Unwind from work at the Brew Bank on Kansas Avenue. Treat yourself at the self-serve taps, each brew sourced from craft breweries across the U.S. and majorly Kansas brands. If you’re feeling social, check out The Celtic Fox, an Irish pub that is sure to take your mind off work. The Celtic Fox hosts live music events on most weekends. You could also find yourself sipping some wine at Chez Yasu or White Linen while dining on some French cuisine. 

Brew Bank Beer Wall | Downtown Topeka, KS

THE LOCALS: Where to Act Like a Local

Socialize like a local at these favorite hangouts. Start your night at Oscar’s - a classic neighborhood bar with a delicious selection of food and wonderful service. Hop on over to the Boobie Trap, known for hosting exciting events such as karaoke, local and guest DJs, bands on the weekends and jello-wrestling on occasion. 

THE FOODIES: Where to Taste Topeka

Drinks and dinner are the perfect pair. The Burger Stand is one of Topeka’s trendiest eateries, with gourmet burgers and craft beers on tap. Large groups or large appetites can feast on the famous three-pound burger at Speck’s Bar and Grill. In the mood for gourmet food with a side of fun and games? Take the gang to The Pennant in downtown Topeka for a signature burger and shake, then be sure to visit their bowling alley and vintage arcade for some after-dinner entertainment.

THE SPORTS FANATICS: Where to Watch the Game

Grab your friends and cheer on your favorite team at a bar made specifically for sports fans! Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant is the place to have an award-winning, hand-crafted beer while you watch the game. If you’re looking for a huge screen and great specials, check out Henry T’s Bar and Grill. If you want to watch the game with a side of delicious American and Asian infused dishes, then 4 Guys Bar & Grill is the place for you.

Beer Taps at Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant | Topeka, KS


Get your game on at Gage Bowl Bar & Grill. Feast on a full menu that includes breakfast, chicken fried steak dinners and freshly-made pizzas, then stick around for Saturday night Cyberbowling. If you’re looking for more upscale fare, The Blue Moose Bar & Grill features a made-from-scratch menu that includes hearty milk-braised pork and certified Angus beef burgers and steaks. As the only dinner theatre in town, Topeka Civic Theatre serves delicious dinners with a side of comedy, drama or musical magic. Non-dinner shows are available as well.

THE RISK TAKERS: Where to Find Casino Action

Looking for a little risky fun? Try one of the three casinos just north of Topeka. Go all in at Prairie Band Casino and Resort, featuring more than 1,100 slots and more than 30 table games, including live poker. Feel the rush of winning at Golden Eagle Casino with poker, bingo, craps, roulette, slots and blackjack. Press your luck at Sac & Fox Casino with table game specials and 700 of the latest and most popular slots available. Take a break and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the delectable dining options available at all three casinos.

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