A scrubbed-up saloon off Metcalf, the Branch is the bar attached to Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse, a neighborhood staple for almost 30 years. The bar is often full even during the day and tends to entertain a mix of blue-collar Johnson County dwellers and younger folks who come to shoot pool or play Golden Tee. Thanks to Kansas laws, drink specials run open until close and, should you get hungry, the beer can come alongside hearty steaks and burgers from next door. The vibe is friendly and casual, especially during weekly bike nights, which run year-round. Single drinkers blend in well but when things get lonely, friends are easily found, especially on the often-used smoking patio.