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Manifesto is a cocktail drinker's dream spot, where every glass is consistent, strong and worth every cent. The bar prides itself on its inclusiveness and each patron is treated with the utmost respect in regards to their drink preferences. The bartenders here painstakingly craft every drink and it may take some time to receive it, however you won't be disappointed. The drinks are a bit expensive, but since they are made with care and with the best ingredients, it's easy to justify the price tag.
Chicago has the Green Mill and Kansas City has the Green Lady, a couple of things they have in common are great jazz and loads of ambiance. The only difference with the K.C. version is that guests can enjoy a couple of small bites while listening to some up-and-coming local artists. The cocktail menu is also filled with a lot of old-school drinks like the Manhattan, Rob Roy, Old-Fashioned and their very own Green Lady made with apple jack brandy. Check website for complete calendar of musicians and other information.
If you like better-than-average pub grub and a nice single-malt scotch, there is no better place than Harry's. This unpretentious spot in the River Market area is always filled with happy locals out on the patio (when weather allows) with a beer or cocktail in hand. The jukebox and amply stocked whiskey bar are two other reasons why people love this place, the latter provides a whiskey menu that has almost every scotch imaginable. From the Highlands and Islay to the Islands and Speyside, you are sure to find one you like.
Bands and artists like the Wilders, Zeke, Big Four, Bruce Robinson, Ann McCue and many more have entertained at the Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club. Always in the headlines for its great musical events, Davey's is one of the best places in Kansas to enjoy live music. There are daily specials like Gothic dance on Mondays and acoustic shows and bands on Wednesdays Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club has drink specials through the week, but you have to be of legal age. The venue can be booked for private parties as well as for corporate events. Being nominated and voted 'City's Best' for many consecutive years, as well as the Olympic Torch having passed outside—that's a claim to fame very few venues can stake.
403 Club is a club that can only found in the Midwest, a region in America where polka halls, mini-bowling and pinball joints still exist. This lively establishment is both full-service bar and a pinball player's dream; they have seven different units, some themes are AC DC, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. The bar even hosts a mini-pinball league in which there is an open tournament every Wednesday and Saturday. 403 is definitely a place to soak in the nostalgia, far away from our normal, digitized world in front of an LED screen.
There is almost nothing better than a great burger and a nicely crafted beer. Here at the Green Room, guests will definitely find both. The burger and fries menu has some interesting variations, try the Fiddler Fries made with jalapeno, bacon, cheese and a fried egg alongside the 'Dubbel Dubliner', a beef behemoth served on a pumpernickel bun. In addition to the delicious burger combos, the beer is equally phenomenal with at least six different rotating beers on tap throughout the week.
Hi Dive Lounge is another restaurant in the Westport area that continues to impress those on both sides of the Missouri-Kansas border. The kitchen churns out fresh salads, pasta and sandwiches during lunch service and for dinner guests can find pork chops, vegetable kabobs and a wonderful Penne Bolognese. During the week, the bar hosts a few beer drinking trivia nights, so be prepared with your pop-culture knowledge if you find yourself here!
The Riot Room is the place where locals go to hear up-and-coming artists as well as nationally known stars. It has earned its reputation as one of the best hangouts in the city because of the amount of bands that perform. Since this is primarily a rock club, subdued lighting and a loud atmosphere are par for the course. Check website for details and show times.
Who knew that a historic bar could be so fun? Kelly's Westport Inn is located in a 1850 building, which is speculated to be one of the oldest buildings in the city. Albert Boone, grandson of famous Daniel Boone, once owned a grocery store in the building and it was rumored to have been part of the Underground Railroad. Although this spot is now a national historic landmark the bar is known for its unpretentious attitude and hosting great events. You'll find a fantastic selection of beer on tap, including local brands, as well as TVs where you can watch sports while enjoying a pint.
The Lounge at Bluestem is located in the popular restaurant of the same name and it's a great spot to try some cocktails and quick bites without the full sit-down service. Despite the fact that Bluestem does have a James Beard award winning chef, the service at the bar is no less stellar than what you will find at a table, it's just a little less procedural. The daily happy hour is the best time to come in and try what you want without breaking the bank, but it seems as if everyone in KC knows this because it is always packed.
Bier Station is a craft beer drinkers paradise, not only because it serves some of the finest craft beers in town, but it also has some insanely good food. The bar has 28 different rotating taps and a few are dedicated to 'session' beers (those with ABV lower than 5%). The menu features innovative twists on traditional classics like the bratwurst topped with Ponzu infused red cabbage and Wasabi mayo or the homemade pretzels served with jalapeno cheddar cheese. One other cool attribute to the bar is their website, they have a real-time tap menu to let drinkers know when their favorite beer is in or out!