Bars in West Plains

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Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub fortifies merrymakers with a menu filled with hearty, Irish–inspired provisions and flowing libations. Baskets of Waxy's beer-battered Atlantic cod and chips ($9.99) prime thirstpumps for pints of Boulevard ($3.65+), and the irish RLT, stacked with rashers of thick-cut bacon, towers over appetites ($8.99). Sip spoonfuls of bubbly beer-cheese soup ($2.99), and sample authentic edibles with a plate of corned-beef-and-cabbage boxtys, a traditional stuffed pancake drizzled with mustard-tarragon cream sauce ($11.99).

235 Branson Landing Blvd
Branson,
MO
US

Time Out Sports Bar & Grill sates stomachs with a hearty menu of hunger-busting eats while barkeeps pour on-tap brews and 11 high-def TVs display exciting scenes from gridirons, diamonds, courts, and arenas. Visitors can get their gullets into game shape with a squad of deep-fried spicy pickles ($6.99) or Sex On A Plate, which loads a pile of chili cheese fries with sour cream and guacamole ($7.99). The kitchen's flagship chicken wings can arrive boneless ($7.99), bone-in ($9.99), or brandishing novelty caveman bone clubs. Mandibles test their munching mettle on customizable cheeseburgers, which can tower up to four patties high ($5.99 for one, plus $1.99 per additional patty) and sport a crowning spire of bacon ($0.50 extra), just like Notre Dame Cathedral.

3265 Falls Pkwy
Branson,
MO
US

A charming neighborhood eatery, Riverwalk Jazz Café dishes up a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and other lunch delicacies. Clientele crowd for bread-meat-bread amalgamations such as the Cab Calloway club with ham, turkey, bacon, and veggies, hugged by white or wheat slices or a croissant, and served with a side ($7.49). The Black & Blue salad sates the famished with shaved Angus roast beef, blue cheese, red onions, tomatoes, walnuts, and croutons ($7.99) and grilled chicken wraps with two sides ($7.99) make stomachs sing and hankerings hush. Teas, coffees, and desserts prove steaming sippables and smile-triggering endorphins pair well with jazzy tunes.

209 N 2nd St
Ozark,
MO
US

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.

420 S Campbell Ave
Springfield,
MO
US

While technically a chain restaurant, Houlihan's bedazzles its chain with glitter and winsome intrigue, boldly preparing every last bite of its savory fare by hand. Hosts of diverse ingredients culminate inside one open kitchen where professional food handlers slice, sauté, marinate, and arrange food to its tasty and aesthetic best, allowing each meal to display its individuality before being broken down into individual nutrients for absorption in the body. Each meticulously designed restaurant peppers a patron's experience with a playlist of hand-picked tunes and customer-designed coasters that give a voice to condensation-catchers.

2110 E Republic Rd
Springfield,
MO
US

The casual Irish pub, Finnegan's Wake, alongside its restaurant and lounge area, Finnegan's Revival, fuels stomachs with its 17 draft beers, 10 whiskeys on tap, and Irish and American pub fare. Diners can pull apart gooey Guinness cheese fries, sink forks into a gravy-covered shepherd's pie, or bite into beer-battered fish 'n' chips before flinging pucks down the pub's shuffleboard table or participating in Wednesday-night trivia. On the Revival side, which is decorated to look like a cozy Irish cottage with its mantel-topped fireplace, old-fashioned photos, and leprechaun traps, patrons can snuggle into leather couches while devouring specialty pizzas.

305 & 307 South Ave.
Springfield,
MO
US