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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1109 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, Kansas, 67211-1604
United States
phone: (316) 260-8989

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patsmearstout

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I first visited the Anchor about a year ago and everytime I'm in Wichita I make this one of my stops. They have a great selection of beer and food and there on tap selection is also very impressive. Last time I was in the waitress told us the menu was getting updated and I can't wait to go back because it sounded good. BTW they have some nicely aged Pere Jacques in their cooler that always gets my vote!

Overall, great bar food (updated menu will make it phenomenal bar food) and an awesome selection of beer. Great place to go with your friends and chill.

01-03-2009 18:52:07 | More by patsmearstout
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I do not go out to bars much at all anymore, but when I do, The Anchor is the ONLY bar I will choose. Why? The beer selection is absolutely unbelievable. When I get there, I immediately ask the bartender for a beer list, and he/she will print me one that has the entire list of beers on tap or not, with the price. Let me assure you, the list is long. They have beer on tap that I never get to try anywhere, and it's always a delight to enjoy that aspect. I'll be honest and say that I've never eaten there, their reputation for good food is special. They are always, always crowded at lunch time for a reason! The atmosphere is cozy with what I'd call low ambient lighting that goes well with the brick walls. This is everything I expect from a bar ... casual atmosphere, amazing beer selection, and an adequate, friendly staff. It's the only bar I will go to in this town.

08-07-2011 16:56:44 | More by JuicesFlowing
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raverjames

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $

I started visiting the anchor from the first day I set foot in Wichita. Ever since that day, it has been a tradition of mine to eat and drink there at least once a week. This is the best beer bar in Wichita. The selection is amazing for a small pub in Kansas. The food has always been tasty and filling. The atmosphere is exactly what I look for in a beer bar. Now that they have the non-smoking section finished, the place is even better.
Highlights of the Anchor:
Somewhere around 200 types of beer, several on tap
Smoking and non-smoking sections
Plenty of seating
Front patio for relaxing outside
Pool table
Kitchen is open late
Beer prices lower than you would expect in a bar
Owner is awesome!

I will always love the Anchor. If you are traveling through central Kansas, you must stop at the Anchor.

05-24-2008 09:38:53 | More by raverjames
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Note the focus here! AutumnalDave, this one’s for you, bro. A note of explanation for the uninitiated: a couple of summers ago, Dave and I met for the first time and we were headed to a couple of places that billed themselves as “Restaurant & Brewery” and Dave said that because their focus is not beer first, food second, the beers may not be top quality. Now, go back and re-read the preceding.

Let’s settle down to business. I was effin’ drinkin’! It was not as dark as Delilah’s in CHI, but it still had that same rockin’ punk vibe. I immediately fell in love with their logo – a demonic mermaid with Bettie Page bangs seated in the fluke of an upright anchor. Have I mentioned that I am a retired US Navy sailor who started out as a deck seaman?

The space was much deeper than it was wide, which made for an interesting aesthetic. They had a fenced-in patio out front, followed by the doorway, which when passed through, put me immediately inside. On the left-hand side was a chalkboard detailing their bottled beer selection in colored chalk. There was a second chalkboard that delineated “Upcoming Events”, since they are also a live music venue and further aft, a third chalkboard, suspended by a simple rope and pulley system, that listed “Coffee and Such”. Underneath this third board was the first part of the long copper-topped bar, broken by a space for the servers that was marked “”Don’t Stand Here” with a cardboard cutout of a pointing finger. The rest of the bar continued down the left-hand side with three coolers full of bottles and the extensive back bar with a large mirror and two smaller flanking mirrors. To the extreme right of the back bar was another chalkboard that was used for “Drafts at the Anchor”. Beyond that, still on the left side, were the washrooms down a short passageway with a corkboard on the right side that was used for flyers of every stripe. The centerline was taken up by a pool table, which I was told is movable for live music nights; restaurant tables and chairs; and all of the way aft, the kitchen with a “Welcome to the Anchor” and “Specials” blackboard above it. The swinging doors into the kitchen featured a split anchor logo. The right side was booths and tables; a pastry case; a door to/from the parking lot; and an elaborate colored-chalk portrait. In the overhead were a pressed-tin ceiling; fans; various hanging lamps; and exposed ducting. What more could I ask for? How about an easy-on-the eyes tattooed female waitstaff? Check.
I thought that their selection of beer was quite good, especially for the area. They had a number of beers that I had not had before, including a good lineup of New Belgium products. I would make this a definite stop if I were to come back through.

11-23-2006 14:13:25 | More by woodychandler
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CSFerrier

Kansas

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | $$

The atmosphere of this place is like any small downtown hipsterish pub/coffeeshop. That's the feel. When you walk in, you instantly pick out those writing screenplays on their Macs. It's like that. Which is good, I think. It's has a very nice comfortable feel, very relaxed. You would expect them to have PBR only on tap, but as you walk past the glass to be seated you gander behind the bar to find several well picked taps, along with large fridges full of rare and fancy beer. It is unexpected, but welcoming.

The quality was excellent, nothing brought the place down. It's just a hipster pub, with excellent beer. You can tell by the details that someone has poured money into this place to get it where it is now.

Service was very good, nothing outstanding, which I generally never expect. We never longed for anything and weren't bothered by the waiter. We always had something to drink.

Selection is where this place really shines. They had triples, quads, seasonals, single casts, rare finds and top shelf selection. I had a Velvet Rooster, which is a nice triple, and the Serria Nevada 11.12.13 IPA right off the bat. I wasn't expecting beers like that. They had pages and pages of beer of all different types. An excellent selection!

I didn't get to have anything to eat unfortunately. However, it did look good.

The value really sells this place. You can get a triple for 3.5 here. Or you can pay 10 dollars a beer. It's all clearly labeled on the beer menu, which is very nice because it doesn't give us a surprise tab that beer drinkers can easily rack up.

A must stop for Old Town Wichita.

11-03-2013 16:21:20 | More by CSFerrier
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Quaffer

Nevada

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

UPDATE 07/10/05

In the seven or eight months that I have been going to The Anchor, I have noticed the beer selection slipping from what it used to be. Sure, it's still the best beer bar in Wichita, but beers keep disappearing from the menu. Plus, I haven't seen them pick up any of the B. United beers since they have become available in Kansas. Still worth a visit, but I have lowered the selection rating from a 5 to a 4.

ORIGINAL

What, an actual beer bar? In Wichita?! Well, shiver me timbers!

The Anchor is located in the Old Town district and is extremely easy to find for out-of-towners. Due to urban location, it is a long, narrow building, not unlike bars that I have been to in New York and other cities. The proportions are just bigger. The atmoshpere is very relaxed and kicked back. This is not a sports bar, this is not a "Irish pub," this is not a theme bar of any kind. It is just a good old fashioned beer bar. Simple decor, an nice long bar along one side, and tables and charis along the other. Just the way a bar is supposed to be. Occasionaly, there is artwork from local artists displayed on the walls which is cool. Luckily, there is only one small TV in the whole place, and it is not on half the time. There is usually jukebox music in the background, but it is kept ot a low level and the selections are great. Not the usual blaring, bar jukebox fair.

Selection. Ah, yes, the selection. The Anchor is the only, and I repeat only, true beer bar in Wichita. (And, no, I don't count Old Chicago.) There are about 20 taps of which only one is a macro (Bud Light) and they keep that handle covered with a rubber chicken. Bottle selection is probably around 100 and they are on display in a large glass case for browsing. They are also all written on a HUGE chalkboard towards the front of the bar along with the prices. All macro bottle are kept in a sliding-top cooler underneath the bar and out of sight. The selection represents about any brewery that is available for distribution in Kansas. Seasonals are rotated in on a regualr basis. The only place in the city where you can find a comparable selection is not another bar, but Goebel Liquior.

The staff is very friendly and do a great job. However, I don't really think that any that I have dealt with are extremely beer savvy. I believe that they appreciate the selection that is available and realize that they are a unique establishment in Wichita, but I don't think they really know the ins-and-outs of beer.

I really only have one complaint about the place, and it is a relatively small thing. I almost always have to ask for a glass, which I believe is a no-no in a true beer bar. Plus, they only have pint glasses. It doesn't matter what you order, when you ask for a glass, you'll get a pint.

One unique thing about The Anchor is the fact that they have a three-head espresso machine. A wide variety of coffees, teas, espressos, and cappuccinos are available. While I think that the staffs beer knowledge is not that high, I do believe that they know their coffee. Any questions that I have asked on the subject have been quickly and expertly answered.

There is no food available at The Anchor. However, they are currenly working on putting in a kitchen and, eventually, will have some sort of grub.

The Anchor is a definite, no-questions-asked, must stop for anyone looking for good beer in Wichita.

07-10-2005 20:38:03 | More by Quaffer
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$

Visited on a Thursday night, relatively early, for about 2 hours.

The best place I have found in Wichita, so far. If you want to talk beer this seems to be the placed to go.

A - Open, but not too open. Bright, but not too bright. My visit coincided with a Buffalo Sweat firken from Tallgrass along with some reps present. Everyone at the bar knew their beer. And Hillary behind the bar - go by and find out for yourself.

Q - No complaints. Seems to be a constant rotation on the kegs. All bottles kept in coolers. Generally served beers in proper glasses.

S - Generally good attention. Food came quickly. But difficulty in cashing out.

S - Draft list (20 or so) was wide and somewhat deep. Nothing too rare, but that in itself is rare. Probably the best place in Wichita.

F - I had a decent blue cheese and bacon burger. Burger good be bigger. Fries were average. Menu is the typical bar/pub food.

V - Definitely a value, but everything seems to be cheaper in Wichita compared to home.

05-17-2013 04:03:56 | More by Sludgeman
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

A must visit for the Wichita craft beer fans. Unfortunately many don't know what they're missing.

Nice friendly atmosphere. I avoid the area during crowded times, so it has always been pretty quiet and laid back. There is definitely a core clientele of regulars who love their good homey food and great beer.

Counted about 90 bottles in the cooler near one end of the bar. Have never asked if there are more; have always found something there or especially on tap. Of the bottles I'd replace about a third with something decent, but overall the selection is quite good, and considering the locale, fantastic for Wichita. Love getting Free State beers on tap!

Haven't had anything less than good food here yet. They even have breakfast! Pleasantly surprised by their latte too. Barbeque burger and fish and chips were both very good. I recall on St Paddy's day I opened with breakfast here - corned beef hash, potatoes, and Guinness and Free State Oatmeal Stout (hey, oatmeal = breakfast, right?)

Prices have never been out of line. Service has been spotty - certain beer-loving employees deserve a "5", but sometimes you aren't so lucky.

04-03-2007 02:39:17 | More by udubdawg
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here for a bite and a brew while in Wichita to go beer shopping.

What a way cool place! Atmosphere is great! People from many different walks of life sitting around together enjoying fine beer and food. Decent music playing in the background, loud enough to hear but not to drown out your conversation. (Today was a CCR album, which is good background music for me.)

Food is very good and definitely above par for a bar. I had an open-faced burger covered in a pile of french fries, topped with chili and queso and grilled jalapenos. Mmmm!!

The waitress was attentive and nice but could have used just a bit more product knowledge about the available beers.

Speaking of beer, they have about 150 different bottled beers and about 30 different beers on-tap. (This is my guestimate from looking, I didn't ask.) I have to say that it is quite a decent selection.

Overall this is a great little place which I will go back to when I'm in the area again, and if you happen to be passing through, I say that it's definitely worth checking out.

06-21-2008 06:13:34 | More by coldmeat23
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TreeTopFlyer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Just arrived in Wichita for a couple nights and decided to check out The Anchor for dinner on a Monday night. They had a fantastic draught list and very good menu. I had the Green Chili and a spinach salad with grilled chicken. The food was delicious. The beers on draught included Boulevard Batch #7 and a New Belgium/Allagash collaboration sour. Both were tasty (even served in shaker pints.) The two Belgian beers I had may have been slightly under-carbonated, but otherwise delicious. The service was prompt and non-imposing.

Overall I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for a cool, casual place to have a good beer in Wichita.

03-15-2011 02:13:06 | More by TreeTopFlyer
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The Anchor in Wichita, KS
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