20 Best Bars in Kansas City


Best Bars in Kansas City

Kansas is the capital city of Missouri. KC is popular for its barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains everywhere! You will need some libations to wash down all that BBQ! Kansas City has a lot to offer on breweries, speakeasies, sports bars and cool dive bars. If you want a taste of the best that KC has to offer, we have you covered. These are 20 of the best bars in Kansas City.

Gram & Dun

Gram & Dun has several cocktails, a few beers and plenty of wine. The drink menu is particularly amazingly well with the food offerings. The outdoor patio is about as relaxing as it can get.

The ambience is trendy and classy, and they have delivery and takeout. If you feel like pampering yourself, you should do it at Gram & Dun.

600 Ward Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112
Country Club Plaza
(816) 389-2900
gramanddun.com

Grunauer

Grünauer is a classic Viennese style restaurant with a mix of German and Hungarian influences. Their “Wunderbar” is indeed wonderful with seasonal cocktails and an eclectic and extensive selection of beer and wine.

If you enjoy German food and drinks, the Grunauer is a must-visit. The wait staff are helpful and accommodating. They make the whole experience so much better! This place is pretty popular, so you may want to reserve ahead just in case! You know, save yourself from disappointment.

101 W 22nd St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Greater Downtown
(816) 283-3234
grunauerkc.com

The Rieger

The Rieger first opened its doors in 1915.  It is interesting to note that it was the hangout place for many travelling salespersons, railroad workers and other wanderers. When you enter this place, you can tell that it has a rich history that you can feel in your bones.

They specialize in cocktails. There are a few beers and plenty of wines for those who love the taste of fine wine.

The ambience is classy and sophisticated. To experience something using and speakeasy, head down to the “Manifesto”!

1924 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Crossroads, Greater Downtown
(816) 471-2177
theriegerkc.com

Manifesto

Dark, intimate and sexy, the manifesto is located in the basement of the Reiger. The cocktail list is unique and extensive. There is a cure for what ails you, and sometimes you need to take extreme measures. Or, at least that is what their cocktails say!

It is dimly light, with candle lights around giving an air of prohibition. The wait staff is fun and knowledgeable. You’re in safe hands!

So keep your phones away and enter this magical place with its classy and intimate atmosphere where any semblance of time or space virtually disappears.

Green Lady Lounge

This is an amazing and unique jazz bar, with an incredible, classy ambience.

This place will import you back to the jazz era when life was all about the simpler pleasures – good music, great drinks and nice conversations.

There is live jazz music to enjoy every night, and they have an extensive drink menu that includes craft cocktails, bubbles, bourbon on the rocks and many more.

This is not the place for a quick drink. You have to stay back and soak in the wonderfully charming ambience and vibe. This is the perfect date spot to make your night magical and truly special!

1809 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Crossroads, Greater Downtown
(816) 215-2954
facebook.com/GreenLadyLounge/

Pierpont’s at Union Station

Yet another place with plenty of history and character, how about that! Pierpont’s was awarded the best architecturally designed restaurant. Reason enough to visit but that is just where it starts; there are more good things to experience here!

The wine list is well-thought-out and incredibly extensive! The cocktails are refreshing and delicious. The food and wine menus complement each other and take your dining experience to another level!

The ambience is upscale and classy, with amazing vintage decor. The ladder is awesome!

This is the kind of spot that you reserve for special occasions. If you have out-of-town guests coming over, and want to show them the best of Kansas City, take them to Pierpont’s.

30 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 221-5111
pierponts.com

Summit Grill

The Summit really shines when it comes to the food, but the drink menu is solid with delicious cocktails and lots of wine. But back to the food! They are delicious, and no option will disappoint. If you are unsure what to order, go for the fried chicken or pot roast nachos. They are delish!

The ambience is classy and casual, and they offer delivery and takeout. It can get pretty loud in here, so if you are looking for a quiet place for some meaningful conversations, move over to some other spot on this list!

520 W 75th St
Kansas City, MO 64114
Waldo
(816) 361-9788
summitgrillkc.com

The Brick

This is a great Dive bar in Crossroads. A good place to kick back and relax, with good food and drinks. For all your bookaholics, there’s a storytelling session once a month. The speakers are incredible and if this is the sort of thing you are in to, then don’t miss it you nerd!

Local arts adorn the walls, and the lighting is dim that is in tune with artsy vibes of crossroads. They have live music concerts on weekends. The service is friendly and cordial.

Hey, if you get a chance, do pen down something on a brick in the wall! Leave a message for the ages, maybe?

1727 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Crossroads, Greater Downtown
(816) 421-1634
thebrickkc.com

The Rockhill Grille

This place is located in the Crossroads Art District. The libations include 9 signature cocktails, almost 50 varieties of wines, and some draft and bottled beer.

The ambience is trendy and classy, but laid back and approachable as well. The upstairs lounge offers a delightful view of Downtown city. The waitstaff is attentive and personable.

So either sit at the center bar or venture upstairs for a wonderful time with amazing views of KC’s skyline!

2000 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Greater Downtown
(816) 389-5800
therockhillgrille.com

Up-Down

If you are a gamer who is into beers, this is YOUR hangout! With more than 50 craft beers and 50 classic arcade games, you can have great fun gaming and drinking. You can play all these games at just 25 cents! Apart from 50 beers on tap, there are more in cans/bottles to choose from.

The ambience is hipster, trendy and casual. The staff is super friendly and courteous. The patio outside and the rooftop are incredible too. There are plenty of pinball machines and skeeball as well as Killer Queen. There are also yard games to be enjoyed like Connect Four and Giant Jenga.

If you get hungry from all the hard work playing Mario and whatnot, you can try the Mac N Cheese or the BBQ Chicken pizza. Both are solid options!

Be hit by nostalgia and feel like a little kid all over again in this cool and fun spot.

101 SW Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Crossroads, Greater Downtown
(816) 982-9455
updownarcadebar.com/kansas-city/

Harry’s Country Club

At Harry’s, they have a good selection of cocktails, wine and beer. But the spirit’s are where it’s at!  They have the best selection of spirits in town, with everything from Tequila to Scotch!

This place is one of the jewels of the River market. The ambience is classy and casual. The food menu matches the bar menu. The City Fried chicken sandwich and buffalo chicken sandwich here are the BOMB!

The service is just as good as the food and beverage offerings. They have a great happy hour deal, and on Sundays, you get 40% off their whiskey cabinet. It cannot get better than this!

112 E Missouri Ave
Kansas City, MO 64106
Rivermarket, Greater Downtown
(816) 421-3505
harryscountryclub.com

Tom’s Town Distilling Co

Tom’s Town Distilling Co. is named after the country’s most corrupt political boss, Tom Pendergast. Under his rule, Kansas ignored the prohibition, and came out as the “Paris of the Plains”. In his words as to why they did not heed the prohibition, “The people are thirsty”. You can find these words at the side of the building. The decor and atmosphere are on-point and fit with the Pendergast/Kansas City history.

The people still are thirsty of course, and Tom’s specializes in concocting premium craft spirits like vodka, gin and bourbon.

The ambience is trendy and classy, and live music for you to enjoy. You can even purchase some of the booze to take it back home and enjoy at leisure. Finish off with the Bourbon caramel chocolate ice cream sandwiches. It is a killer!

1701 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Crossroads, Greater Downtown
(816) 541-2400
toms-town.com

Martin City Brewing Company

The pub specializes in craft beer and food that goes well with it. Super casual and laid back, this is the spot to relax with family or friends. Yes, they are kiddo friendly so bring the little ones along!

The wait staff is friendly, attentive and prompt. The game nights can be caught on TV. Whether you opt for indoor dining or outdoor seating, you can chill a nice beer with some delicious bar food.

500 E 135th St
Kansas City, MO 64145
(816) 268-2222
martincitybrewingcompany.com

Julep

Whiskey is for everybody! This is what Julep believes in and boy, do they deliver! There are over 400 varieties of whiskeys from all over the world. Impressive! They have an inventive and delicious selection of cocktails too. If beer is more your speed, there’s that too!

The ambience is trendy, classy and intimate. Shout out to the ladies, this is a wonderful place for a girls night out! Chill at the patio and catch up with one another with a delicious cocktail.

The Tiki-themed mugs are gorgeous! Who wouldn’t love drinking out of em!

4141 Pennsylvania Ave
Ste 104
Kansas City, MO 64111
Westport
(816) 216-7000
julepkc.com

54th Street Grill & Bar

The food menu at the 54th is extensive and well-crafted. There are over 150 dishes to choose from, so something for everyone. There is a kid menu as well that the little ones will love, so if you are taking kids along, make sure to ask about that.

The beer list isn’t extensive, but there are varieties. The cocktails are delicious and perfect. This is your go-to bar in Zona Rosa, people!

Located in:
Zona Rosa Shopping Centre
7200 NW 86th Ter
Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 216-7000
54thstreetgrill.com

The Peanut

The Peanut was formerly a Speakeasy before the Prohibition was scraped. The Peanut is soaked in history. It is Kansas City’s oldest bar and grill. Today it is a Divey bar with full bar service and delicious bar food. Red ceilings and sports relics and knick-knacks along the bar area reaffirm cool, divey bar vibes. The beer options are good.

The chicken wings here are the BEST in the city, hands down! If you are looking to get a little taste of KC’s staple and culture, I recommend the Peanut.

5000 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64112
Country Club Plaza
(816) 753-9499
peanutkc.com

The Blueline

KC’s best hockey bar is the best place to watch the game. If hockey is your game, the Blueline delivers.

It is a long bar brimming with hockey collectibles like jerseys, neon signs, team photos including local leagues, hockey sticks and more. There are also tons of TVs, so you will be able to watch your game wherever you are seated.

Grab a spot during game night, bring your mates over, sip a cold beer(with ice!), and enjoy the Blueline in all its glory! And did I tell you, the craft beer selections are great?

529 Walnut St
Kansas City, MO 64106
Rivermarket, Greater Downtown
(816) 472-7825
thebluelinekc.com

Bier Station

The Bier Station is popular for its beer. No mystery there! They serve 28 rotating taps. You can purchase a canned/bottled beer and enjoy it in the comfort of your home. For non-beer drinks, there is wine on offer. The cocktails selections are fun and unique too. The kiddie menu and board games will keep your little munchkins happy.

The menu is chef-drives and incredible. Everything is fresh and sourced locally. The ambience is laid back and casual, and they offer delivery and takeout. The patio is the best because it’s dog-friendly. Chill here with a beer and do some pup and people watching!

120 E Gregory Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64114
(816) 548-3870
bierstation.com

Voltaire

The Voltaire is an upscale and classy, yet quaint and inviting joint. If you are in the mood to splurge, head straight to the Voltaire. They have a great selection of wines, cocktails and craft beers.

The food menu is full of diverse ingredients and interesting flavors that are a delight to the senses. You and your group can enjoy steak, Spanish octopus, raw oysters or duck breast along with any libation of your choice.

Overall, this is a wonderful place to hang out with friends or family.

1617 Genessee St
Kansas City, MO 64102
(816) 472-1200
voltairekc.com

Caddy Shack

This is a great Dive bar with great beer, some wine, friendly service and delicious pizza. If you are on the lookout for a fun neighborhood bar to enjoy a good beer, watch some sports and chill with friends, you have found it!

There is also a nice little patio so you can sit outside, unwind and catch up with your bates. Their thin crust pizza with a side of sauce that is delicious, flavorful and mysterious is the staple here. Unique and full of interesting flavors, it will be one of the best pizzas you’ve had in a while. It hits the spot!

They stay open well past midnight, so if you are looking for some late night fun, Caddy Shack is the perfect place.

700 E 3rd St
Kansas City, MO 64106
Greater Downtown
(816) 421-4742
caddyshackkc.com

Finding a good bar to have fun can be hard enough in these unprecedented times. If you want to break the monotony of daily life, check some of these ones off the bucket list.

Ren

Ren is the Editorial Director here at BARPX. She loves writing, running, hanging out, and enjoying her free time with friends and family. Got a new idea for an article? Hit her up at ren [at] barpx.com.

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