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The Anchor

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27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.74%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of jbmorch
2.6/5  rDev -37.5%

Granted, I'm partial to IPAs, but with 20 taps and not a single IPA on the board? Come on. OK, so they had Rogue Dead Guy and a lot of beers that reasonable beer drinkers would appreciate. But I like fresh tapped beer with a bite, and didn't find it on the board. So I went to the bottle list.

Two IPAs. A Bridgeport (not bad) and a Samual Smiths English-style IPA that is not really my idea of a hoppy beer (what I really want is an American Pale Ale, usually called an IPA on the label).

The two girls working the bar has no clue about the beer they were serving. I'll bet they could make a mean mocha, though - they have an impressive espresso setup there.

The food, I have to say, is excellent, at least the one dish I had there. It was a BLT on a croissant.

If you are a microbrew lover, especially if you are a bit of a hop head, skip the Anchor. Go to River City if you need to be in walking distance to Old Town, or better yet, drive a few miles East on the highway (54/400 I think) and go to Old Chicago.

jbmorch, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of hopstradamus
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

A. This is a very comfortable place to go to have a few beers. They often have live music to listen to, and there are plenty of different types of people to talk to.

Q. Quality is not a huge issue here. I have my doubts about how often the tap lines are cleaned, but have never been served a beer that would indicate a problem in that area.

S. If you walk into The Anchor and cannot sit at the bar, turn around and leave immediately, or you will be sorry you didn't. The service away from the bar is atrocious! If you like to order a beer and wait over 30 minutes to receive it, only to have another hour to think about how good it was after you have finished it before they ask you what you want for your second beer; then you will love sitting away from the bar at The Anchor. If you are lucky enough to get a seat at the bar, you will find the staff is passionate about beer. They don't know much about it other than that they serve it, but they are still excited. They have a tap list that includes descriptions of each beer, but they don't update the list regularly so they often have to tell you they are out of the beer you have ordered.

S. The selection here is by far the best you will find in Wichita. I don't know how they get beers on tap that no other bars in the area get, but they do!

F. The food is very good, but you will wait a while for it too.

V. The prices are higher here than other places in the area, but I consider that part of the cost of the extensive selection they maintain. The prices are still lower than what you will be charged for the same beer in many of the larger cities around the country.

I love the selection The Anchor has, and the atmosphere as well. If the employees and management staff knew anything about customer service, I would probably live here. I feel like things would be better if there was even one other bar in the area that could compete with them in terms of the beers they have available especially on tap. Then they may be forced to pay attention to the customers they do have or risk losing them.

hopstradamus, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of blackjack000
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%

Atmosphere: I enjoy the environment. For Wichita, it's nice to be in a bar that isn't a meat market, national chain, or dive. Wooden furnishings create a cozy environment, TVs aren't unsightly or distracting, and decoration is tasteful and adds to the effect.

Service/Food: Here's the rant. I've received horrible service about half the times I've been here. From my experience, the staff seems to gravitate towards regulars. A thirty to forty-five minute wait to get initially helped and between beers isn't acceptable when the bar is less than half full. I've left this bar several times because I just couldn't get service. I can't justify walking up to the bar to get a beer every time when there's only ten other customers.

I'm not a vegetarian, but I ordered a veggie burger once, and received something resembling vomit. It was a cold and mushy patty in between two buns. It was, literally, far below room temperature and the consistency of Thanksgiving stuffing. I'm not one to waste food, but it didn't quite qualify as food. I've heard good things about their other items, but I'm not planning on testing the waters for a while.

The bar has a very nice non-smoking section, which is sometimes closed in non-peak times. I do not enjoy being in a smoking environment all the time, and I've gone here specifically to be in the non-smoking section. It really turns me off to the place when it is closed when I show up because there just aren't many non-smokers.

To add something positive, they did have sweet potato fries, which were great.

Anchor, please hire better staff and keep both sections open. It's a shame that I avoid such a great place because I can't get acceptable service.

Selection: The Anchor has an excellent selection of drafts, and at expected prices.

blackjack000, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of maltiavelli
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

The atmosphere is very casual. The wait staff don't impose themselves on you like in some establishments. This can present some problems in service but usually they just let you enjoy your brew and company. At one time they had live music on the weekends, but I haven't seen that lately. Currently they are completely no smoking according to Kansas law.

The service is where the Anchor need some improvement. Despite this being one of the premier/only beer bars in town the regular staff lacks real beer knowledge. Once I did go in a couple of days after they had a Goose Island beer dinner and had a wonderful conversation with the chef about food pairings, but this is rare. Usually you're lucky to be acknowledged by the wait staff.

The selection is the best in town. I tried Widmer's Prickly Pear on tap, which was not even available in liquor stores in this area. There are over 30 taps and a decent bottle selection.

The food is standard bar fare but with a little more flavor. I had the Haystack which is an open-face burger with fries and melted cheese piled-on. Despite sounding like a standard greasy burger it had a complex smokey and spicy flavor Overall, it was good late-night munchies food.

The price may be a little steep for the average bar patron, but for the selection of beers available it is right on par.

Overall the Anchor is a great place to have a beer. Just remember to be patient and bring someone to pass the time with.

maltiavelli, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

I just recently went again to "The Anchor" making it the 2nd time. I feel I need to give a little more credit to this place so I'm editing my review.

Well Im just going to keep it short. This time I went with my brother in law and it was around 6:30 p.m. The place wasn't crowded and once again there was nobody on the non-smoking side. It was pretty dark inside and the atmosphere was calm.

I ordered "Westmalle Dubel" as my first beer, as I have been wanting to try this beer for months and heard they have it, my second was Chimay and third was "Old Rasputin". The quality of these beers seemed fresh and I enjoyed it. Like others I wish the waiters knew more about the beer they have. The service was not so good, we waited quite some time to get our food and also to order another beer. The place was not busy and thats something they need to work on.

The selection is like no other bar I have been too. Heres where I pay credit too. The first time I went I dont know what happened but I thought I only saw about 40 bottles and maybe 10 on tap. I guess I just didn't get a good look. I asked and they said they have at least 150 bottles of beer and 30-33 beers on tap(which I did look for myself).

The food was great like last time, and for a beer bar they have excellent menue and selection of foods.

Now the place is a bit pricey and I do think they could lower down the cost on beers and food. It seems like they overprice it a little to much.

Overall I was pleased and did enjoy it, especially since they have beers I have been wanting to try and cant get at my liqour store. I will definately go back for the beer selection and good food, not too often though since its a bit pricey.

tr4nc3d, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%

Visited again 11-26-11. Bumping up several catagories. Food & service have really improved!

Visited 9 Aug, will bump up selection & hold the line on everything else. Better tap selection 3 free States, Grand teton lips of faith & old rasputin )this time around, good thing my niece babysits or we would've had to pass; Kansas law prohibits bringing kids into smoking joints, even on the nonsmoking side. A business decision for them I guess

Updated 21 Mar 09, tried to do lunch & was told the place went all smoking, since I had my kids with, a no go according to them & me, screw'em better things to spend my cash on. If you like piss pour service, iffy beer selection & cigarette smoke, then this apparently, is your place, not mine..

Disappointed, knocked off a half a point for quality, service & service, why? I get there on a Monday for lunch, order a draft & get one. Then they tell me their draft system is too warm & they don't waste the beer on the pour. That & the no give a shit attitude of the waiter did not impress

The vibe on the smoking side looked cool, I'm sure it jumps with a band there. The non-smoking side, bland & boring

The waiter was competent, but not really feeling me on my bitch about not being able to get another draft

The one draft & one bottle I had were alright to average, not fresh tasting at all ( was served a Duchy bitter in a Leffe chalice)

The selection of draft was good but not on offer would've loved to try that Ommegang double chocolate. It would've been good to see a few more Kansas beers on draft, there was an already dead Free State tap & that was it. Plus a few taps wasted on Macro & hipster swill. The bottled selection wasn't much better than Old Chicago to me, big whoop (1 beer hadn't tried outta 80ish)

The food was above average pub grub, but pricey as was the bottled beers

In short, I will be back through Wichita, but in no hurry to go back to this joint

russpowell, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Located downtown next to the Old Town area. Its close proximity to River City brewing make it an easy stop for the beer traveller. Long & narrow old building with high ceilings and low lighting gives this place a cozy yet stylish feel.
They had a good amount of local taps and quite a few offerings from Boulevard (semi-local) and Odell. Probably the coolest part is they have a nice selection of bottled beer that includes some vintage. Ask for a menu.
They did have a kitchen here, but we didn't try the food.
Very decent beer selection, cool atmosphere and food option make this place a winner for sure.

BeerZack, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of MooSully
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

Probably the best beer place in town. Has a great tap selection and is getting better at having tap takeovers and brewery events.
The food is pretty good, which is always a plus, although the rotating chefs seems to get old.
Service can be hit and miss. Somedays great others not so much.
Their hours is about my biggest complaint, as they say open til 1-2 but somedays they'll close at 11 without any prior notice.

MooSully, May 20, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Hellpop65, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of codyhaskell
4/5  rDev -3.8%

codyhaskell, Jul 10, 2014
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The Anchor in Wichita, KS
92 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.