Wondering where to hear live music in Wichita? We’ve got options for every musical taste. In addition to large concert venues like INTRUST Bank Arena, Hartman Arena, The Cotillion, Orpheum Theatre and others, Wichita has an active community of intimate venues and bars dedicated to offering live music throughout the week.
With an Instagram-perfect red curtain backdrop on its stage, Barleycorn’s books regional and national acts and offers a sweet venue to local bands. The 240 standing/155 seated bar’s schedule crosses genres, from alternative to red dirt and everything in between.
This is the city’s largest country nightclub, serving nightly drink specials and regularly scheduling national acts. You’ll also see live bull riding on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dancing in Paradise
Dancing in Paradise gives all skill levels a place to dance, from beginners to competition dancers. On Saturdays and Sundays, local bands perform a wide variety of music,
Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar
Wichita’s Chicago-style dueling piano bar features talented pianists and great drinks in a fun environment.
Jerry’s Bar and Grill
West Wichita’s destination for live music since 1999 offers live local bands along with nightly drink specials and a full kitchen.
Kansas Star Casino
The closest casino to Wichita, located just a few miles south of the city, offers free concerts in its Tin Lizard Bar & Grill on Fridays and Saturdays that can be heard on the gaming floor. Additionally, the Kansas Star Arena books national acts in its 5,000-seat auditorium.
Kirby’s Beer Store
Kirby's has been a mainstay of the Wichita music community since 1973 and was once included on Playboy magazine’s list of top dive bars in the country. This hole-in-the-wall near the Wichita State University campus has live music nearly every night of the week and no cover charge.
Keen Kutter Lounge
The intimate piano lounge inside the Hotel at Oldtown offers live jazz performed by local talent each Friday and Saturday evening.
Mort's Martini and Cigar Bar
Besides martinis and cigars, this legendary Old Town bar is known for its live music, available every day of the year, including afternoon concerts on Sundays. Indoor seating is limited but a cooled and heated partially-enclosed patio is available.
Rock Island Live
This high-energy bar and restaurant offers an intimate venue to hear all genres of live music from national, regional and local acts.
If you’re looking for a friendly neighborhood bar known for its live music, check out Shamrock Lounge.
The Artichoke Sandwich Bar
This Wichita institution serves some of the city’s best sandwiches by day, then on weekend nights they clear out a few tables and turn on the stage lights for the finest acoustic music Kansas has to offer.
The Brickyard is the outdoor component of Public at The Brickyard, a restaurant serving simple local foods and craft beer in the bottom floor of a restored warehouse. Besides serving as the patio for the restaurant, The Brickyard is Wichita’s largest outdoor music venue. They offer live music every Friday and Saturday night, in addition to some Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights.
The Elbow Room
This rockin’ live music venue is known for its great atmosphere, full bar and concerts featuring local bands.
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