OutSkirtz: A friendly neighborhood watering hole

Written by Kim Dugger Attwater

Pat Alvarez knows some people think he’s crazy for getting back into the fickle bar business. With a laugh, he says they might be right. “We’re empty nesters and I’m going to give it one more time,” said Alvarez, who opened OutSkirtz Bar and Grill with his wife, Wendy, in January. “The only reason we considered it is because our daughter graduated from high school and is attending college.”

The Alvarezes previously owned The Port, a longtime east Wichita watering hole. Pat, a successful general contractor, oversaw a complete overall of the space at 10919 E. Harry in which OutSkirtz is located. It formerly held Mojoe’s Bar & Grill.

“We tried to soften it up and make it more of a family-oriented, sports bar environment,” Alvarez said. Parents are welcome to bring their kids until 9 p.m., when OutSkirtz becomes a 21-and-up establishment. The restaurant features 16 big-screen TVs and “all the channels,” so sports fans can catch whatever game they like, Alvarez said. There’s a game room with a couple pool tables and video games.

Wendy Alvarez is in charge of the kitchen, and Pat is proud of his wife’s cooking. “We have very good, authentic Mexican food,” he said. “When my dad was alive, he really taught my wife how to cook.”

The Mexican side of the menu offers enchiladas, a smothered pork burrito, tostados, the Monterey, sopapillas and fried flour tacos that are already becoming famous. Burgers come with Wendy’s special seasoning, a variety of topping options and fresh hot French fries.

“We wanted to call it Wendy’s burger but we can’t,” Alvarez joked.

Appetizers include pretzel bites, guacamole and chips and “the best wings in Wichita.” OutSkirtz’s staff sets a friendly vibe. Happy hour specials are offered weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Karaoke takes place on Thursday nights and a DJ provides entertainment on Friday. OutSkirtz is presenting a live band one Saturday a month.

A recent performance by a group called The Banned brought out an SRO crowd. “It was a crazy, crazy night,” Alvarez said, adding that OutSkirtz’s 164-seat capacity should increase “in the near future” as he’s planning to build a sizable patio out back. There’s limited outdoor seating near the entrance now.

Located on Harry between Webb and Greenwich, OutSkirtz’s nearest competition is the Alvarezes’ old bar, The Port. Pat said the two are “different environments.”

“We’re just a neighborhood watering hole,” he said. “What you’re going to get from us is good food and good service.”

Outskirtz Bar and Grill
10919 E. Harry St.
Wichita, KS 67207
316.239.1545
outskirtzbarandgrill.com

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