Wichita’s nightlife entertainment ranges from vibrant and exciting to calm and relaxing. Whether you love live music or prefer conversation over dinner and drinks, if you’re spending a week in Wichita, here are the best places and ways to enjoy your evenings!
Great drinks, fine cigars and amazing music draw crowds of people nightly to Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar in Old Town. With more than 160 martini creations on the menu and an extensive beer collection, there’s no shortage of drink options at this local favorite. Mondays are special at Mort’s – you can buy any of their unique martinis for half price! Mort’s also offers a selection of quality cigars patrons can enjoy on the heated or cooled patio year-round. Inside the bar, photos of locals and rock stars paper the walls. What’s better? Add live music to the mix, and your perfect Monday night in Wichita is complete.
May 29 – Tim Murrow
June 5 – Cody & Jess
June 12 – Uche
Spend Tuesdays on the Terrace at Botanica Wichita. Botanica Wichita is a community garden in the heart of the city and puts on Tuesdays on the Terrace concerts every Tuesday June-September. The 2017 season kicks off Tuesday, May 30, with a special 30th Anniversary Party, including a cash bar by The Bar’s Open, food for purchase by Friends of Botanica and Molino’s and performances by Blue Eyed Soul.
June 6 – Annie Up for Magnolia and Margaritas
June 13 – King Midas & the Muflers for Snap Dragons and Sangrias
June 20 – Sunshine the Bunny for Sunflowers and Vodka Sours
June 27 – Infinite Layers for Shasta Daisies and Snake Eyes
Get over the mid-week hump with $5 Movie Night at Warren Theatre in Old Town. The Warren Old Town Theatre Grill is a favorite among local Wichitans and boasts luxurious theaters, crazy good customer service and the latest feature films. Plus, the food is amazing, and in some theaters, you can get it delivered to your seat – no more missing the middle of your movie for a drink refill.
So, kick back and relax – but make sure you keep your feet off the seat.
Need more Wednesday fun? Every Wednesday is Barleycorn’s Happy Hour Trivia Night. Free and open to the public to participate, but must be 21 to enter.
Bradley Fair, an eastside shopping district in Wichita, presents their 2017 Summer Concert Series 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Thursday in June. Enjoy a famous Kansas sunset over Bradley Fair Lake to the sounds of summer and professional jazz performances with a glass of wine. Concerts are free and open to the public, and winners for gift cards and other prizes will be selected each night. A fireworks display follows the concert Thursday, June 29 to celebrate America for the upcoming holiday.
June 1 – Joseph Vincelli
June 8 – Dotsero
June 15 – Chris Standing
June 22 – The JT Project
June 29 – Vincent Ingala
If you can’t get enough jazz, the Keen Kutter Bar and Lounge at Hotel at Old Town presents local jazz performers 5-9 p.m. every Friday (and Saturday, too)!
Wichita’s favorite Friday night entertainment occurs on the last Friday of the month. Wichita businesses and more than 30 galleries welcome art lovers for Final Friday shows where you can view local art and learn more about the artists and businesses showcasing their work. Final Friday is also a great time to add to your own art collection by purchasing one-of-kind pieces at any of the galleries. Hours vary from gallery to gallery, but most are open 7-9 p.m. Some locations feature live music and artist demonstrations and serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Need more Friday fun?
June 2 – Paint & Sip at Tanganyika!
June 9 – Common and Randy Newman perform at Wichita River Festival
June 16 – Wichita Wingnuts vs. Fargo Moorhead Redhawks at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
June 23 – Tunes + Tallgrass
Get ready for your most exciting night in Wichita! Saturdays are perfect for exploring Douglas Ave. from Wichita’s historic Delano District to Clifton Square in College Hill. The Q-Line trolley, a free service provided by Wichita Transit and area businesses, runs an extended Douglas route 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays.
After shopping, dining and enjoying local brews in Delano at Hatman Jacks, the Monarch and Aero Plains Brewing Company, hop on the Q and ride to downtown. Enjoy drinks and dancing at one of Wichita’s live music venue, such as Public at the Brickyard or Barleycorns, and then jump back on the trolley for a trip to the Douglas Design District. Enjoy a sour ale or a brewed-for-the-locals Belgian beer at Central Standard Brewing and Hopping Gnome Brewing Company or a made-from-scratch donut creation at The Donut Whole before heading to Clifton Square to end your night with pizza, burgers or ice cream at Ziggy’s, Dempsey’s or College Hill Creamery.
If you’re exhausted from a week of heart-pumping live music, delicious drinks and the fast pace of Wichita’s nightlife, relax on Sunday and enjoy a quiet walk and an iconic Wichita scene – the Keeper of the Plains. Standing at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers, the 44-foot, five-ton sculpture is lit every night by surrounding firepots at 9 p.m. – symbolic of the circle of life of water, air, earth and fire.
If you haven’t seen the Keeper of the Plains, then you haven’t seen Wichita.
When you’re ready to spend a week in Wichita, contact Visit Wichita to learn more about out nightlife happening during your trip.