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Top Choice Tapas in Lawrence

Hank Charcuterie

As the name suggests, this classy-but-casual eatery is a great place for a bottle of wine and some small bites, such as a cheese plate or meat board. There are also some inventive mains (think farro-stuffed quail or…
Bar in Lawrence


Downstairs is a moody low-lit coffeehouse with underground tunes and for-sale artwork on the walls. Upstairs is an edgy (and gay-friendly) bar popular with Lawrence's alternative crowd. Altogether, Henry's encapsula…
Pub Food in Lawrence

Free State Brewing

One of many good places on Mass downtown, this is the first brewery in Kansas since Carrie Nation got one closed in 1880. The beers are excellent, and the food creative, with daily specials.
Live Music in Lawrence


The music scene in town is up to college-town standards, and this joint usually has the best of the newest. It operates as a dive bar on off nights and runs popular trivia and open-mike sessions.
Gallery in Lawrence

Spencer Museum of Art

Encompassing works by Western artist Frederic Remington, Plains painter Thomas Hart Benton and others, this museum on the KU campus just reopened after a massive revamp in 2016.
American in Lawrence

Ladybird Diner

A retro diner made good, everything is better at this throwback, which has a fresh and tasty ethos. Seasonal fruit pies are the bomb.