Bars & Taverns, Kansas City
I'm not sure if the frozen cocktail "wave" in summer 2012 was just a one-year fad, or whether this is going to be the kind of drink that people will want to come back for on a regular basis. The owners of "Snow," a new iced cocktail lounge in the Crossroads District, are clearly betting on the latter. They've opened a hip new space in the new art and fashion neighborhood just south of downtown, and certainly they attracted a hip and happy group of "chilled-out" patrons. But the big question is whether the cocktailistas will be as enthusianstic about coming here in January and February?
The "nameplate" drinks at Snow are specially blended "icy" drinks - adult versions of the Slurpee. But they also have a full range of normal beverages as well.
It's a great space, sort of like a living room for the urban nightlife set.
The Wunder Bar is the name of the great little bar at the delightful Grunauer Restaurant in the Freight House, close to Union Station and Crown Center. It's become a place known for its intelligent and crafty bartenders, who master one of the most interesting cocktail menus in the city. On my recent visit, I sampled one of their house specialties, the "Strudel", an interesting concoction with egg whites, cinnamon and nutmeg. I also enjoyed a great sampler plate of hearty "wurst." You can order off the regular Grunauer menu as well.
Great new beer-oriented bar and beer-garden on "Martini Corner" at 31st and Gilham. "Haus" offers a great selection of local Boulevard beers, as well as some hard-to-find German and Belgian specialties. To complement the excellent brews, Haus features a wide variety of locally (and ethically) produced "wurst" (sausages) - including one which is a vegetarian option. Not surprisingly, this has become one of the best places in the KC Metro to watch soccer, both KC and international varieties.
"A grandfalloon is a proud and meaningless association of human beings." From a novel by Kurt Vonnegut., Jr. This is the motto for this KC nightspot. There is a very casual laid back atmosphere. There is pub food and sports on tv and the GranFalloon is on the this hippest and hottest bars in town.
Dress Code: Casual
I used to stop in here occasionally after work twenty years ago. It's kinda a college place for UMKC students - and Jesuits from Rockhurst who are still scared of bars on Troost - but it has a distinctive downmarket charm that is refreshing in the midst of the strivers of Brookside. I like the outdoor patio - and they have some nice Boulevard brews on tap, too.
The Power and Light District, opened in late 2007, looks ready to revitalize downtown Kansas City, MO. A project of the Baltimore-based developers, Cordish, the P & L District is the fruit of long-term planning (and hoping). The goal is to encourage the region's far-flung population to once again regard the center of the center as a place worth caring about. Generally, the District is seeking to "piggy-back" upon the adjacent multi-use Sports and Entertainment "Sprint Arena," as well as catering to the day-time population of office-workers and the hoped-for night-time population of bar-hoppers and suburbanites out for a good time.
I haven't been here at night, but I noticed a number of watering holes all sharing a common space in the center where patrons can mingle and meet. My older brother - who has been here after Sprint Center events - says it can be quite a happening space. Apparently, "open containers" are permissable as long as patrons don't leave the "Power and Light" perimeter.
I haven't eaten at Pierpont's yet - it's reputed to be one of the better steakhouses in Kansas City. But I've had a drink at the bar a couple of times. It's got a great atmosphere - what was once a private waiting room at Union Station has been turned into an upscale and lovely dining hall. Grand tall ceilings and super-comfy tables and chairs, and a great arrangement of bottles behind the bar!
Dress Code: Nice
Also known as the "Bad weather bar", due to the close proximity to our place here off the Plaza in KC. Your typical dive bar, the Peanut is a KC favorite for a couple reasons. It is the oldest continually run bar in Kansas City.....and it also has a fantastic BLT sandwich and chicken wings. This is not the most clean and fashionable of bars...but fun in its own way nevertheless. The service is not very good, the chairs are not that comfortable, but the Peanut is still fun to go to. On Friday and Sat nights it is so packed full of people, dancing on chairs and tables, that its difficult to get in and find a spot.
Dress Code: Here you see my brother, Per, dressed with a jacket and collared shirt....dont be fooled by that, though, you can wear anything to this place....there is absolutely no dress code. Check out the Kid Rock look alike next to Per lol. You can see on TV we are watching the Pittsburg Steelers play American Football....later in the year they would go on to win the Superbowl.
I think this is a great concept! A small wine shop (converted from a modest Victorian house) in Parkville with wine tastings and samplings from the vintages on sale. Reds, Whites, roses, Australian, Chilean, California, Missouri - you name the vintage and the provenence, and they will find a bottle for you to sample. Parkville is a charming small town on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of downtown KC MO, with a thriving restaurant scene, so a wine tasting here makes a great prelude for a night out. I came here with my family in October 2005, and can recommend it heartily for a good night out.
This is a all around great neighborhood place. People bring in their mugs and keep them there lining the walls. They brew their own beer and the food is great. There are local bands that play there alot of nights.
It's just a local bar. Kinda funny because there's a big lighted sign to the only narrow storefront style building on the block.
But once you go in you're part of the gang. Friendly and good bartenders and a lively crowd.
We were there on karaoke Thursday night and people were singing the whole time and dancing.
There's quite an age range--got to dance with a man who announced he was 70. Please don't expect a scene, just local good place to have a beer.
This is a great place to go and just chill. Has a very relaxing feel with the leather booths and dark lights and artwork hanging on the walls. They offer a selection of different martins. Its just a great place overall. Its open from 4pm to 3am and serves food until midnight.
Dress Code: casual
This is a great bar located in the brookside area. They have food and drinks there and can get pretty crowded in the evening. Attracts mainly mid twenty crowd and up. They have a outside area and downstairs there is dancing with a bar. Open unil 3am
Dress Code: casual
Good place to go for food and drinks. Turns into more of a bar at night attracting mainly the mid twenties and up crowd. Fun place to hang out in the evening gets pretty crowded and located in the brookside area.
Dress Code: casual
Mike's is your typical dumpy college bar. The food isn't that good and the crowd can be a bit loud. But when DJ Memphis Black and Superwolf bring in their classic funk and soul every Thursday this place comes alive. The music is great and danceable, without the bass heavy beats of industrial or techno music. You can't sit still!
Dress Code: Casual - it's a college bar!