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 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 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.