I came here with my siblings (two brothers, one sister, and spouses) on my last trip to Kansas over the holidays. It's a good place for the 30-50 y.o. crowd in the suburbs to gather - good beers on tap, and a comfortable, easy-going atmosphere (smoke-free!). Barley's is part of the "75th Street Brewery" chain, and that's a good thing, because they clearly know their beer. Barley's has a full pub menu too, and it's better than average.
One word, though. Barley's advertises that they have Kansas City's largest beer selection, some 99 different varieties. That would be nice - if they were all in stock. When I was there, I tried to order off the menu some of the less well known Czech or Slovak beers only to find out that they were all out of stock. There ought to be a way of indicating which beers are actually in the bar _before_ the thirsty patron gets his hard set on a particular brew!
Few dinner theatres in the country have a more loyal following than the New Theatre of Overland Park. The reasons are simple: excellent food choices (it features a sumptous and varied buffet) and top-flight theatre experiences. Consistently features well-known stars such as Marion Ross, Gary Burghoff, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine, Jamie Farr, Tom Poston, etc. Call ahead for reservations. It's often sold out, as there are a huge number of season ticket holders and tour groups which make New Theatre a regular stop.
Dress Code: Casual, but you might feel a little out of place in jeans or sneakers.
Thanks to the Fine Arts Theater Group in Kansas City for preserving the Rio Theater!
The Rio shows both revival films (like "Life of Brian") and first-run independent and foreign films. It's kind of small - seats under 300 people - but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm.
The Rio is one of the last of the one-screen movie theaters. It's hard to believe that there used to be cinema before the "multi-plex"! Built in 1946 in the "Art Moderne" style, the Rio was used for many years by a children's theater group. It was slated to be closed and demolished when it was purchased by the Fine Arts Group. (They were going to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.)
Overland Park has plenty of "uber-suburban" bars which are very clean, well-run, and upscale. The Santa Fe Pub is not one of them. Which is one of the things I like about the place. It dates from a time when Overland Park was not the economic powerhouse that it is today. There are actually people who come to this bar who WALK from their nearby homes.
One of the things I like about downtown O.P. is that it is not uniformly upper middle class. I like going to a bar that's next to an auto supply store.
This is great family entertainment! Some of the Kansas City area's cleverest and most talented young actors join forces for a rollicking evening of melodrama (boo, hiss, cheer) followed by a comedic musical review or parody. We have always had a great time at Martin City Melodrama - now moved to Overland Park in the bottom level of Metcalf South Mall.
Dress Code: Very Casual