Where to go for Craft Beer in Lawrence

Where to go for Craft Beer in Lawrence

If you are like me then it can be difficult to decide on a place to go for dinner or even just a drink. Hopefully this will help with your search. I plan to write about other places as well but thought I would start out with Merchants Pub & Plate since it just picked up the Best Happy Hour and Best Beer Selection in the Best of Lawrence awards for 2018.

Merchants Pub & Plate is located at 8th and Massachusetts Street in Historic Downtown Lawrence, Kansas. It has been in operation since 2013 and is housed in a historic bank building that still includes an old bank vault door (cool attraction for the kids).

Happy Hour: 

When: All day Sunday, Monday thru Saturday 4-6, Monday thru Thursday 9-close, and Friday and Saturday 10-close.
What: Half Price Gold Beers, $5 House Wine, and $5 Featured Cocktails.

Beer Selection: 

Beer selection is well balanced both geographically and in style.  With 30 taps available I counted 8 that had beers from local breweries. The list is constantly being updated on untapped.


Atmosphere can be tricky. A place that is approachable for both families and a night out with friends or your significant other can be difficult to find. Merchants caters well to both scenarios. When I am with my kids they have terrific fries and options for kids drinks. Crayons are available for my young ones and they have televisions in the bar area as well. As a date night spot or even a place for drinks after work it fits the bill perfectly. The atmosphere is casual and also feels like it is a great place to celebrate special occasions.


During Happy hour I can get a couple of pints, fries, and a round of drinks for 3 kids for just over $15. The food is delicious the menu items demand another blog post that speaks to the local ingredients used and the quality at which they are put together.


Merchants Pub & Plate is a place that I find myself at quite a bit. Walking around downtown and then stopping in for a few drinks is always a great way to spend an afternoon. Hope to see you there.

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