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Ink magazine’s first Lawrence bar guide hits stands today

Every spring and fall,

Ink magazine’s

staff puts together a double-issue

bar guide

that covers the entire Kansas City metro.

The thick issues cover sports bars in south Overland Park to cocktail bars in midtown Kansas City to neighborhood pubs in the Northland. Gathering and verifying all that information, preparing it for print and updating our

extensive online database

takes a ton of work. By the time the bar guide comes off the presses, most of us are ready for a drink (or three).

Usually, Lawrence bars get left out of Ink’s print bar guide because there’s not enough space. So we decided to devote Ink’s August 21 issue (on newsstands now) to bars in that college town 40 minutes west of Kansas City.

(It’s a coincidence that Ink’s first-ever Lawrence bar guide comes out on the

150-year anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid).

The current print issue of Ink includes info on (nearly) every bar in Lawrence,

plus info on six drinks locals love

, from pickled Bloody Marys to Free State IPAs and a gin cocktail spiked with summery basil. It also includes a handy map that will help you find all the best hotspots on Mass Street.

Don’t think we forgot about you, Missourians: Ink’s full fall bar guide is coming next month. The

spring bar guide

is still available online. And you can use

that online database

to search for watering holes on both sides of the state line year-round.

Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes bar and dining guides for Ink magazine. Contact her via email or tweet her (your favorite bar) @sarah_gish.