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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.
The Crossroads Arts District is filled with exceptional restaurants and The Jacobson is just another addition to this lively area. The bar/restaurant features American comfort food fused with some new twists, for example, the house burger is topped with a short-rib marmalade, bone marrow butter and crispy onion straws. Moreover, the spot is open for lunch and dinner and also has a wonderful bar that serves hand-crafted cocktails. Check website for complete menu and specials, like their 'Mingle Hour' which runs from 3-6pm and features some delectable small bites.
A haven for cocktail and whiskey lovers, Julep Cocktail Club is not just your average local bar. They have a fine range of whiskeys, crafty cocktails and other mixed drinks served to patrons in a tastefully done up ambiance. The 'wall of whiskey' is what catches your eye as you settle down here-several bottles of fine whiskeys are attractively stashed from top to bottom. The food menu is quite impressive as well and complements the drinks perfectly. Must try on the menu is their white rum special Kiowa Cooler, toothsome crab cakes and the heavenly Jude's Rum Cake.
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.