WICHITA — Port of Wichita owner Scott Jones has always appreciated his military clientele, and now he has one more reason to thank them.
Maxim magazine has named his bar, which is at 1548 S. Webb not far from McConnell Air Force Base, one of the top military bars in the country.
Under the headline "Hard Corps Partying," the magazine names a couple dozen bars popular with military personnel.
The "Pour of Duty" includes the Port because McConnell personnel "have been heading to this watering hole for 25 years to rock out to live music and kick back with cold beer." Its pool tables, TVs and "awesome two-for-one burger special" get a mention, too.
The magazine called Jones, who has owned the bar for four years, about three times one day trying to reach him. When a bartender told him it was the magazine calling, Jones thought it was a joke.
"I was like, what the heck could that be for?" he says.
Jones, who served in the Navy from 1986 to 1991, doesn't charge members of the military a cover for music.
"We just try to pass along some good will with military since we're right in the neighborhood," he says.
"The military gets a bad rap for being rowdy at the clubs," Jones says. "I have absolutely no problems with my military clientele here. Matter of fact, they probably got us through the recession."
They're also who told Maxim about the Port.
"It was real neat that they got us recognized."