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Bars and nightlife in Kansas City

Top bars

BBQ Joint
“Best BBQ in America!!!!! Call ahead for reservations or expect at least a 45+ minute wait in the evenings and weekends. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Brewery
“Beer that helped put KC Craft Brews on the map. Great spot for groups, you could easily spend all day here!”
  • 79 locals recommend
Lounge
“Experience a classic jazz lounge featuring the best talent the city has to offer.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bar
“There are different locations, but this one is our favorite. Very beautiful and the burnt ends are killer!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing BBQ with one of the best beer garden's in Westport. BBQ trays (pick 2 or 3 meats), jalapeno cheesy-corn bake, crispy jo-jo potatoes are some of our favorite items. Grab some BBQ / beer and head out to their patio if the weather is nice. Sunday fried chicken is also popular (available noon until it is sold out). ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Gastropub
“You won't be sorry. It is the best burger I have ever eaten. The baby kale salad is also wonderful. They offer gluten-free options for almost everything. I hear the mac and cheese is great.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“Arcade games and drinks on the roof! Great views and fab location! very popular on weekends.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Gastropub
“This place and area isn't very well known yet, even among the locals! Great place for lunch and to check out the boutiques in this area. Their gourmet burgers are some of the best burgers I've ever had.”
  • 39 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Lounge
“Experience a classic jazz lounge featuring the best talent the city has to offer.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Night Club
“one of the hottest places in town to soak up the scene and enjoy jazz and blues acts. So pick your poison and get lost in the atmosphere. It’s one of a kind.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Amazing hospitality, incredible sparkling and natural wine selection. Great Happy Hour and Sunday Brunch! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Live music venue that attracts a unique mix of artists, tribute bands, etc. Biker bar vibe, but so much more.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Missie’s has been Kansas City’s most popular drag bar since it opened in 1994 as a piano lounge. Home of good times and good friends, Missie B’s welcomes all and ensures you’re thoroughly entertained, with must-see drag shows five nights a week and karaoke three nights a week. With an extensive upstairs dance floor, a smoke-friendly enclosed back porch and some of the stiffest drinks in town, Missie’s feels like a giant house party. Come thirsty and come often, and make sure you hit up the ATM before you drop in: this bar’s cash only.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Stellar martinis, scrumptious mussels, lamb, and steak! Such a slice of KC history in this beautiful bar. Live music every night and cozy place to hear jazz in the basement. One of my favorites!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“If you’re looking for an upscale, cozy, tidy restaurant + bar & great drinks! This place is a + $$$ ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Check out who's playing and then walk on over. Nice, small venue to hear music”
  • 8 locals recommend

Music venues

Performing Arts Venue
“Absolutely stunning architectural space that hosts live events-everything from the ballet to live theater. Catch a show here if you can. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bar
“A true local dive! Great music booking of all different genres. Always check out their show schedule!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Live music venue that attracts a unique mix of artists, tribute bands, etc. Biker bar vibe, but so much more.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Love the vibe here. Across from the JC Nichols Fountain, just 2 blocks north of the heart of the Plaza.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Historic and gorgeous theater located downtown/Power & Light District. Comedy shows and large concerts happen here. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Art galleries, wine samples, food trucks, restaurants, entertainment, concerts, and First Fridays are always a packed event in any weather. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“One of the longest-running alternative stages in town, Davey's is a hole-in-the wall bar with an almost-daily lineup of live music.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Music Venue
  • 1 local recommends