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 Phoenix is what Yoshi's is to Oakland and The Blue Note is to NYC, most notably it is the city's number one jazz restaurant. Guests come down six nights a week to listen to a varied mix of jazz musicians from around town as well as those touring the U.S. The jazz hall also functions as a restaurant, so you can watch the show while you eat. They have a great happy hour from 3-6pm and on Saturdays their 'Bloody Mary Brunch' allows you to make your own Bloody Mary as you wish! Check website for complete calendar and show times.
If you are looking to see how Kansas City appeared back when Charlie Parker roamed the streets, stop by the Blue Room. Although the original Blue Room, where the 'Bird' blew saxophone is long gone, this jazz joint is a fine replica of the 1930's club. Located in the historic 18th & Vine district, it is a bit of a museum, with pictures of greats that cover the walls and relics of Kansas City's jazz era adorn the tables. Live music still gets the place swinging four nights a week. No food is available and smoking is not allowed, but there is a fully stocked bar.
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.
Located within Harrah's Casino, this is just the right venue to spend all of that cash you just earned at the tables. The venue dazzles with great lights, a fantastic sound system, and a hip and trendy crowd. The bartenders also mix up delectable concoctions and the owners try to bring as many nationally known DJs as possible during the week. If you wish to listen to live music instead of a DJ, VooDoo also features local and national bands within the two-story venue. Check website for details and more information.
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.
Fine cigars pack the humidor directly inside The Cigar Box, a bar and restaurant specializing in authentic Italian food. The chicken alfredo is delicious, and they have a great happy hour Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm. The clientele is a mixture of businessmen, women in evening gowns, and mid-twenty-year-olds in jeans and t-shirts. A Wayne Newton-ish deejay hosts karaoke Wednesday through Saturday. Classier than a bar next to a strip club should be, there is still a touch of good-natured seediness to this place, so parents might not want to bring their kids along. -Robin Sontheimer
Located in the Kansas City Power & Light District, Kill Devil Club is a favorite local spot for a fun-filled evening. The bar as it is famously called "An adult oasis" is a lively spot to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and a hearty meal. The signature concoction of Apocalypso from the cocktails menu. Live music can may you dance to its tunes. It has been named as "Best New Bars in the U.S." 2013 by Food & Wine Magazine!
Located in the heart of the burgeoning Power & Light District at the iconic President Hotel, the Drum Room Lounge serves as one of the most happening nightlife and dining destinations in town. Established in 1941, this lounge has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Patsy Cline in the past. After renovating in 2012, Drum Room still retains the elements of its yesteryears while bringing a new quirky and laid-back atmosphere. Mixologist Brock Schulte churns out of some of the most eclectic mixes - both vintage and new, and patrons can also sample some of the best micro-brews and wines at the bar. The food fare is mostly dominated by classic American favorites and is equally impressive. Live music is still hosted on occasional nights; reserve ahead to make the most.
Kansas City Live! is one of the most happening entertainment venues in Kansas City, MO. Spread over two levels, the venue is located within the Kansas City Power & Light District and houses numerous restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The concert hall is a popular space among local and national musicians and the venue is also available for private events. The venue also organizes various events and is known for its New Year Bash and Halloween parties.