The latest review brought us to Side Pockets which spanned over a few different visits for a friend’s birthday party as well as to watch some football. They are a restaurant and sports bar that unbeknownst to me until recently is a part of a chain of Side Pockets around Kansas.
600 S Tyler Rd, Ste 222
Wichita, Kansas 67209
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 12am
Closed on Sunday
Let’s start off with the food. Over the few visits, we’ve ordered items to snack on like nachos, burgers, fries, chicken strips. To keep it short and simple, it was your very typical bar fare. The tots and fries were fairly bland and could have used a little more time in the fryer. That or they might have been sitting out for a while in the kitchen as they were pretty lukewarm to cool.
There wasn’t anything that stood out on the burger or chicken strips either. The burger patty itself was dry and certainly well done. I mean let’s face it, food may not be the top reason why you’d come here.
From a bar perspective, we enjoy it. There’s PLENTY of seating as the place is massive. If you love pool, there’s no shortage of tables. Overall, it’s a very chill and relaxing place to share a drink or two with friends. For west-siders, it could be a good centralized meeting spot being right off of Kellogg.
The biggest problem we’ve had time and time again with Side Pockets was the service. On one time we went up, we waited probably 20 minutes for a server before deciding to just order drinks at the bar. Another time we had a server bring us out drinks only to be gone for what felt like forever. Incorrect food orders were brought to our table, drinks that we ordered had to be asked for more than once, it has been a complete disaster. I’m not sure what visits to Side Pockets have been like for everybody else but in my experiences with different sets of friends, it’d be a D on a grading scale at best.
It’s unfortunate as I like the bar in general. I don’t really go for the food but as a place to have a few drinks with friends on that side of town. If they could just offer timely service, I’m sure we’d go more often but dang……what does a guy need to do to get a drink?
Here’s their menu:
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