Mortimer Kegley's emerald-and-gold façade stands out amid the storefronts of downtown Jefferson City. Behind the latticed green door, bartenders pour eight tap beers and 15 bottled brews, and concoct tasty cocktails from more than 65 spirits. Kegley's chefs take a hands-on approach to cooking: they shape meaty burger patties themselves, slice up the fries, and bread pork tenderloin by hand. Grab a brew as a sidekick to one of their ramped-up BLT sandwiches or their perennially popular buffalo wings.
As the local Mizzou sports headquarters, Mortimer Kegley's will broadcast every big game as well as the current quarterback's favorite episode of Cheers.
Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.
Full, foamy pints pour from the 22 taps at McGinty’s Pub amid the clatter of pool cues and shuffleboard pucks. Glasses not being pressed to walls by eavesdropping secret agents fill with domestic drafts such as Bud Light ($2) and craft brews such as amber-hued Boulevard Chocolate Ale ($6). Other on-tap picks average $3.50 a pint and include classics such as Blue Moon, Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Bells Two Hearted Ale.
Manager Ben Mattis handcrafts Hawgs & Dogs Bar and Grill's all-beef hotdogs and exotic BBQ items from scratch with meats smoked in-house. A platter of roadhouse chili dogs ($8) gussies up two quarter-pound hotdogs with ground beef chili, a pile of fries, and a Jackson Pollock copy painted in mustard. Chefs expand the menu with an array of chicken sandwiches and entrées, including a Budweiser-soaked chicken breast doused in flour, flung it into a frying pan, and deposited securely onto a fluffy Kaiser roll ($6.50). Pools of home-style gravy camouflage a six-ounce country fried steak against a predatory duo comprised of mashed potatoes and Texas toast ($10).