Highly conservative politically, the city of Topeka is infamously home of the anti-gay Westboro Church (and the hate-spewing family behind the church, led by preacher Fred Phelps). The association with Phelps has earned Topeka a somewhat harsher reputation among gays and lesbians than it deserves - there's definitely a GLBT community here, and Topeka has become steadily more gay-friendly over time (although far less so than Lawrence and, an hour away, Kansas City). The Tool Shed is cozy and relaxed, with super-cheap drinks, a little dance floor in back, and a friendly if somewhat cliquey crowd - in this community, locals tend to know each other pretty well. If you're looking for a stand-and-model high-energy club scene, head to KC. This is more a spot for unpretentious conversation and getting to know the locals.