Chicago newspaper says Wichita is worth a guys trip for NCAA tourney

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Gather the guys and head to Wichita. A major newspaper has named Wichita one of eight cities worth a guys trip for the NCAA tournament.

The Chicago Tribune article, written by John Carpenter, details why he chose the eight cities and what they have to offer visitors. 

"My trip to the most populous city in Kansas was to report a story on the state's efforts to make teaching creationism the law, so I didn't spend much time in sports bars. But it's the kind of small city that can be perfect for this type of guys trip. Let's face it. A lot of dudes are simply looking for a comfortable hotel and a sports bar that serves cold beer and chicken wings," wrote John Carpenter in the article.

Carpenter ends the Wichita section of the article with a quick, but telling sentence.

"Is there more to do in Wichita? Probably. But if your priorities are the basketball and beery fellowship, this may be a winner," Carpenter wrote.

KSN showed the article to Wichita bar owners on Tuesday.

"We are basketball people!" said Emerson Biggins Owner Luis Lopez. "We know how to party."

Luis Lopez has owned Emerson Biggins since the late 90's. He said his staff has been preparing for the tournament crowds for months.

"It starts with the basic things. We need beer. We need a lot of beer. We need food. We need a lot of food," said Emerson Biggins Co-owner Erica Davis.

Davis and Lopez said they're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase their establishment with thousands of fans.

"We are fortunately able to carry at least seven different local breweries, Hopping Gnome, Wichita Brewing Company. We get to carry all of those inside one restaurant, so when somebody comes in here and says 'hey, give me your best local beer,' our bartender gets an opportunity to be like boy do I have a treat for you," Davis said.

Wichita residents were also happy with the Chicago Tribune article. 

"It's a no brainer. It's the place to be. A lot of bars, a lot of food and we have March Madness," said Joe Gonzalez.

"There's just plenty to do around here, plenty of atmosphere, people are great," said Markus Sumnter.

"There's a lot of good spots to go here," said Brent Perkins. "Old Town is a good spot to come to. It has a lot of spots to get a social drink or get a drink in general."


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