Dempsey’s Burger Pub

A really great pub can be difficult to find. A pub should serve delicious food, have good service, and make for a memorable night. You should be able to grab a table and carry on a conversation. These are the kinds of details that can make or break a pub. Fortunately for us there’s a place here in Lawrence that seems to get everything right: Dempsey’s Burger Pub.

I get excited just walking up to the front door...

Spacious but cozy, standing room + booths, etc.

I think it’s fair to say Dempsey’s is a popular pub in town (it’s certainly my go-to). There’s usually no wait for a booth during Happy Hour, but the crowd picks up in the evenings because the burgers and fries here are a hot commodity. The space is occupied by both booths and high top tables, but there’s still plenty of standing space and a separate bar area. The Eastern-facing windows provide enough daylight in the evenings, but the soft interior lighting is perfect after the sun sets. Dempsey’s has truly crafted the pub atmosphere that covers all of the bases. There’s even a patio for the hot summer days when drinking beer inside is unthinkable!

Certainly my favorite pub in town.

Even a couple pool tables in the back, of course!

Let’s chat about the business of pubs: beers! Dempsey’s has an all-star lineup, with great options for any taste. They also rotate their taps fairly often, and are known for getting in special brews that sometimes vanish in just a few hours. As for the food, Dempsey’s offers some excellent staples as well as some nice surprises. The burgers and fries are really all you need to know about (it’s a pub after all, am I right?), but there are also salads, wings, and fish & chips available. If you run into the unfortunate problem of not being hungry enough for a burger, but reeeeally wanting a bite or two, you can always depend on the sliders to satisfy. These mini burgers are perfect in both size and price point (1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 5 for $7), and every bit as good.

Can't say no to daily specials.

Ahhh, quite the sight for sore eyes, ey?

My last visit to Dempsey’s was not unlike previous visits: sliders (5), basket of fries to share with the table, and a stout beer (all of this goodness totaled just $13.89, $16.89 after tip). There was no wait for a table, the service was great, and I had wonderful company to chat with for the evening. Great pubs are essentially a collection of simple practices and a thoughtful layout. As difficult as it can be to find a great pub, I’m glad that’s not a common problem here in Lawrence.

I bet your mouth is watering now, isn't it? Sorry not sorry.

Annnnnnnd it didn't take long until this was all that was left.

Find Dempsey’s at: 623 Vermont Street, Lawrence KS 66044. [785.856.5460]

You can also find me in the Lawrence Journal World’s CheckOut publication which prints weekly on Thursdays.

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