Where to Eat After a Jayhawk Game
Pre and post-gaming in Lawrence. Catch a Jayhawk basketball game along with delectable stops before and after the game.
Lawrence has plenty of attractions worth visiting, but none more satisfying than seeing a college basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. Here the University of Kansas Men’s Basketball team maintains one of the greatest home-court advantages. It’s historic, and it’s Guinness Book of World Records-setting for the loudest indoor arena.
If you’re fortunate enough to secure tickets, don’t walk—run to Lawrence for this iconic Jayhawk experience. Most games tip off in the evening, so plan accordingly to enjoy these a pre- and post-game eats and drinks depending on your crew of fans.
FOR THE COUPLE
Scoot out of the office early and plan to make the Game Day Happy Hour at 715 in the heart of downtown, 715 Massachusetts St. kicking off at 3 p.m., the menu scores with classic cocktails and bites. A few standbys are always present, including classic cocktails like the Manhattan and Negroni, snacks such as rosemary flatbread with marinara, and the mouthwatering Heritage Pork Meatballs—or just go straight to dinner, which begins service at 4 p.m. 715’s vibe is part neighborhood bistro and part uptown chic.
From campus, head to East Lawrence where you’ll find the latest addition to the local food scene, Lawrence Beer Co., 826 Pennsylvania St. in the Cultural District. The brewery and restaurant combine talent and flavor on all fronts, with original beers ranging from subtle to hoppy. It has even collaborated with Ska Brewing out of Colorado. Our personal favorite is the Saison Laison. In the kitchen, former Pachamama’s chef/owner Ken Baker returns with his honed palate for the perfect beer pairings, such as the Pommes Frites. The beer garden atmosphere is ideal for meeting friends or lingering after the game.
Lawrence Beer Co. interior
If you are still up for a nightcap, visit the baristas turned bartenders at The Bourgeois Pig, 6 East Ninth St. The intimate, dimly-lit cocktail and coffee bar gets a buzz after 10 p.m. when artists and locals come out to commune.
FOR THE FAMILY
Before heading to campus, roll into town to enjoy a family dinner at Sully & Hank’s, 602 W. Ninth St. Sit outside on the expansive patio with twinkle lights and heaters—you won’t care who drops what. Mom and dad will enjoy the wide-ranging beer selection (all in cans), while the kiddos will bask in the fried finger food perfect for small hands. We recommend the Tater Kegs. And best of all, the price is right for a family.
sully and hanks
After the game head toward downtown for a delectable scoop of Sylas and Maddy’s, 1014 Massachusetts St. This is a must-stop, ice cream shop for everyone. The long counter of options will amaze you. While all the homemade flavors are worth trying, the Rock Choc. Jayhawk featuring vanilla, brownies, fudge and a fudge swirl is hands-down the most popular after a Jayhawk win.
sully and hanks interior