Bars & Cafes
The Cashew is a downtown, upscale venue owned by the same local Kansas City family that runs the chain of bars called The Peanut. It retains much of the laid-back feel of the original corner neighborhood bar, but it’s classed up a bit with an extensive wine selection and a decadent menu, including the delicious Cuban Paninis and Lamb Gyros. This is a great place to come for sports fans, as they are the official home of the KU Alumni Association. Art and music fans can take advantage of the Cashew shuttle to many music venues and galleries around the city. The Cashew also has events spaces for 25 to 500 people. -Robin Sontheimer
This bar specializes in having fun. Every night is a different event: Monday is half off wine bottles night, Tuesday is classic movie night with an all night happy hour, Wednesday is live music night, Thursday is karaoke night, Friday is two for one drinks, Saturday is another half off bottles night, and Sunday is game night with trivia, beer pong, and dice. Along with these events, The Bulldog also has a decadent menu including Herb Seared Salmon and Chicken Madeira. They also offer a private dining and drinking room with a full menu and bar available to reserve. -Robin Sontheimer
Freight House District is on the edge of the downtown district and was known as a railroad area then became known as an artist area. However the area is becoming more popular as a nightlife spot.
The Brick is one place in Kansas you surely don't want to miss out on. From delicious food to live performances and music shows, it has it all. The Brick boasts of a diverse menu with everything from burgers and salads to chicken soups on it. From Tuesdays to Thursdays the bar comes up with some great live original music shows, including a variety of Karaoke shows too. A variety of catering services are also on offer.
Started by a prominent Kansas City sculptor to help revive the Crossroads Art District, Grinders is now the premier spot for great food, art, music, and fun. Interesting daily specials include a Hungarian food night, half off Death wings, and cheap mimosas. Live music by big name bands can be seen in the field behind the bar, which doubles as a sculpture garden. All shows are kid friendly. More sculptures, paintings, and prints are inside to view or to buy. Other events occur year round, such as beer tastings and BBQ competitions. Catering is also available. -Robin Sontheimer
For all the entertainment that you needed after a boring day at work, the Crossroads KC at the Grinders provides it all. Friends get together at this intimate setting to enjoy a diverse range of music from reggae to rock, and blues to hip hop. And as the zesty live music sets the ball rolling, the very famous Grinders pizza and chilled beer are an added spice to the delightful experience. A music lovers haven, this hip place definitely turns out to the best entertainer in downtown.
Easily accessible from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Sprint Center and Downtown accommodations like Hotel Phillips, Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen offers you an extensive wine list and menu of contemporary American cuisine to enjoy. The restaurant offers you dishes made from the best produce of the season, and you can savor meals of truffled wild mushroom cream soup, butternut squash risotto and the Tannin Wagyu burger. A vast assortment of wines is at your disposal, which you can savor by the glass or bottle. Many wine dinners are organized.
One of the few bars in the city to be locally-owned, Czar Bar is traditional from the core and proud of it too. Without any of the flashiness of the modern establishments, this bar gives you the simplest and best experience in nightlife. They offer an excellent selection of drinks and some great-tasting food. The mood here is always relaxed and friendly, which is further enhanced by interesting live performances. Check the website or call, and you'll know that they always have some local or national band playing live.
Located inside of the Westin Crown Center, Brasserie offers American and French cuisine during the day and a bar at night. The breakfast buffet is great both in price and quality. Adults will love the French influenced dishes along with classic American fare, and parents will be happy with their nice children's menu. The Brasserie Bar has great cocktails.
A culinary journey that began in Buffalo, NY, settled in Toronto, ON, and has spread to several cities in Canada, to come down to Kansas City, MO, Fran's Restaurant has come a long way from being a 'ten-stool diner' on Yonge Street in Toronto. The Kansas City, MO location, which is the only U.S location of the chain, brings the same principles of service, quality of food, and wealth of entertainment, for which it is known in Canada. A restaurant that never closes, Fran's is open seven days a week, and serves only fresh, delectable food, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. They also have Karaoke on Sundays, so those who wish to sing the night away know where to head. See the website to know more.