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Kansas City Power & Light District

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TYPE: Shopping Centers & Malls
LOCATION/DISTRICT: Downtown Area
ADDRESS: 13th & Walnut Sts. Kansas City, MO 64106-
PHONE: 816-842-1045
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Average Rating

3 out of 5 stars (20 Reviews)

Visitors can now experience a new Downtown Kansas City with the Kansas City Power & Light District. The $850 million entertainment district - the largest new development project in the Midwest - has reenergized downtown, creating an entertainment, retail and dining hot spot for visitors and conventioneers. It transforms itself from a unique lunch and retail destination by day to an exciting dining and entertainment experience in the evening.

Below is a list of venues in the Power & Light District either already open or opening soon.

• 801 Steak and Chop House
• Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Theatre (6-screen all-digital theatre)
• Angel's Rock Bar (rock bar with live and recorded music)
• Balsano's Gelato Café
• Bar Louie
• BRGR Kitchen + Bar
• Bristol Seafood Grill (2nd location for local seafood legend)
• Chipotle Mexican Grill
• Cosentino’s Market Downtown (gourmet grocery store)
• Drunken Fish
• Dubliner (Irish pub made in Ireland, literally)
• Elements (Seasonal)
• Envolve Boutique
• Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (more than 225 beers from more than 15 countries)
• Fuego
• Garment District Boutique (retail)
• GNC (features a full smoothie bar)
• Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant (hand-crafted beer and made-from-scratch food)
• HOTEL Nightclub
• Howl at the Moon (dueling piano bar)
• Indie on Main
• Johnny’s Tavern (sports bar)
• Jos.A.Bank
• KC Live!
• Kobe Japanese Steak & Seafood
• LatteLand Espresso & Tea
• Living Room
• Lovebird
• Maker's Mark Bourbon House & Lounge (premium Kentucky bourbon in sophisticated setting)
• McFadden's Sports Saloon (Irish-themed sports bar)
• Mema’s Bakery
• Mosaic (South Beach-style lounge)
• Organic Power Dry Cleaners
• PBR Big Sky (country bar)
• Pizza Bar
• Polished (full-service nail salon)
• Polished Edge Fine Jewelry
• Rooftop Park
• Shark Bar (nightlife with a Caribbean flair)
• Sprint Studio (retail shop)
• T-Moble
• Tengo Sed Cantina (south-of-the-border flavor)
• The Jones (pool and lounge)
• The Marquee Lounge
• The Midland by AMC (3,000 capacity live music venue)
• The Mixx (homemade salads, soups and sandwiches)
• Whopper Bar
• Zafar, Spa & Boutique
• Z-Strike Bowling

Reviews

Great food and fun

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

04/27/2011
Lynn W. - Overland Park , KS

Lots of options for dinner before Sprint Center events and shows. Love to go to pretty much every restaurant and have had pretty consistent great service and food at all. Most recently, have tried Drunken Fish and they have good sushi and cool environment. It's been too chilly for the rooftop lounge. Bristol is always great, modern atmosphere and great patio! Johnny's, Flying Saucer and McFadden's are favorites. Our friends love Gordon Biersch, and we meet there often for lunch - very diverse menu with lots of options. Make reservations if you can, especially if eating around noon. It's very busy (sign of a great place)! My younger brother loves Tengo Sed, Shark Bar and PBR Big Sky for going out.
The shopping is fun too, several shops along Main Street and most seem to be locally owned. Have gotten some cute tops and a dress
And you have to check out the Mainstreet movie theatre - the best movie experience you will have!

Great for a night out

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

11/19/2010
Georgia F. - Columbia, MO

This place was great for a night out as it offered may different dining and bar options.

Good venue

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

06/17/2010
Natalie T. - Raymore, MO

I've been down the the P&L district many times since it opened for dinner, concerts and movies mainly. My favorite place to go so far is the Bristol Seafood Grill. I've been to many of the restaurants down there and the only one that absolutely lacked in service, food and overall was Gordon Biersch Brewery. Peach Tree is very good also and has live music on weekend nights. Also, Consentino's store there has a nice deli and buffet (cheap place to eat before an event with seating in-store) and good desserts. I've been to Sprint Center many times and it's an average arena, and the food selection is average (and highly priced like any arena or stadium). My only real complaint with the Sprint Center are their bathrooms and the fact that most female event goers have figured out there are extra stalls on the backside of the restrooms so the lines take forever. The seats inside are comfortable (unless you sitting in floor seats which are padded folding chairs). There are a ton of restaurants right outside the Sprint Center. The movie theater, AMC MainStreet 6 is awesome! The seats are extremely comfortable, digital picture and the sound system (including boomers under your seat), along with extra leg room in all theaters are great. Average theater food, but you can take in food from the restaurant inside, The Marquee (just beware it will take on average a good 25-45 minutes to get your food once ordered). The food is good though and it's a nice selection. The Cinemasuites are excellent and a good value since the extra $15 in ticket price goes to pay for food and drink you order while watching your movie in luxury (plush recliners with dim lights and attached tables and very roomy). If you just want to go for drinks later in the evening, KC Live is an outdoor area enclosed by those bars that after 6 p.m. is adults only as they begin to serve alcohol out there; in winter stays warm with heaters; and has live music there often. Parking is convenient to restaurants and sprint center, though a bit of the walk to the movie theater (a few blocks) unless you want to pay to park a little closer. There are two P&L parking garages you can park in for $2 at most times, though sometimes during events they will collect more. Note, if you tell them you are going to a restaurant they should only charge you $2 even if there is someone taking cash at the entrance to these 2 garages. Other parking areas will cost more.

Bowling - Pros and Cons

Rating:

1 out of 5 stars

03/26/2010
Bill M. - Overland Park, KS

We purchased a Red Pin party at the Lucky Strike bowling. We were told by Lucky Strike that parking would be free and validated by them if we park at KC Alive parking. When we parked, the parking people demanded money and said we could not park until we paid. We tried to explain that it would be validated by Lucky Strike, but they only wanted money. At the bowling alley they explained that this sometimes happens. No refund was offered.

At the bowling alley they have the most elaborate bowling alley we have ever seen. The automatic scorer even gives the miles per hour of your ball throw. WOW. On the downside, my son who is a semi professional bowler said the lighting was terrible, the big screen projectors showing advertisements right above the pins was extremely distracting, especially the reflection onto the bowling alley. The music was also too loud. If you have to shout to speak to the person next to you, then the music in my book is too loud. If you are not serious about your bowling and just want to drink and eat and have fun bowling and don't mind spending about twice to three times what bowling normally costs, then I certainly recommend this place.

Great Dining Options

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

11/04/2009
Pat W. - Milwaukee, WI

There are so many restaurants, we had a lot to choose from when we visited! We tried a restaurant called The Mixx, and it was excellent! Fast service, great food - all around great experience. It was a beautiful day, and the District seemed to be full of lunch-goers, but too chilly to sit outside. It was even free to park during lunch! The movie theatre looked great too! We didn't have time, but would have loved to see a movie...We will definately be back!

Power and Light

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

04/05/2009
christina s. - great bend, KS

Staying at the Phillips Hotel the Power and Light District was just down the way. Had a blast. Something for everyone! The Dueling Piano Bar, Howling at the Moon was just an awesome experience!

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Power and Light

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

04/05/2009
christina s. - great bend, KS

Staying at the Phillips Hotel the Power and Light District was just down the way. Had a blast. SOmething for everyone! The Dueling Piano Bar, Howling at the Moon was just an awesome experience!

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Great fun!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

02/17/2009
John J. - Wichita, KS

Can't wait to return!

Fantastic, Surprising Experience

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

11/21/2008
Olivia P. - Des Moines, IA

After reading several of these reviews, I had to post my own. I had a fantastic experience at P&L. My husband and I stumbled upon it while in KC for a convention. Talk about wonderful. What's there not to like. Sure, the area is busy ... but it's never too crowded. And parking isn't as bad as some people make out to be. With any busy district, you have to be patient until you find a spot.

What's there not to like? A piano bar, a country music saloon, a beer hall, an Irish pub, a barbecue joint, sports bars, theatres, and more.

Outing

Rating:

1 out of 5 stars

10/16/2008
Jackie K. - Lees Summit, MO

My husband and I went down to the Power and LIght District 10/12/08 and for the most part was really pleased with the overall view and everything that The Power and LIght District has to offer. If you can't find anything to do or eat at The Power and Light District then you are very picky. What we didn't like was we went to McFaddens because my husband had heard it was the best place to go down there; we were very disappointed in the over all experience; the restrooms were really dirty; the service was terrible and the food was not that great. When we complained to what we thought was the manager ( it looked as if he was doing some kind of sound for the TV during the football games) he acted as if it was no big deal that our experience at his establishment was not that great. And I thought wow as much money that was poured into the down town area you would think he would have had a different attitude. I am sorry I didn't get his name and our waitress mumbled her name; it was just bad all the way around; and the bathrooms wow I wouldn't want my dog to use them. What looked as if he was a busboy did better service than the manager or our waitress. So we will not be going to McFaddens again and I guarantee that everytime someone talks about the Power & Light District we will be sure they know about our experience there.

Kansas City Power & Light District

No star rating provided.

10/01/2008
Fran M. - Kansas City, MO

The Power & Light District Art Show on a "beautiful" Sunday afternoon was enjoyed by my friend and I.

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The Powerful, Power & Light District

No star rating provided.

09/29/2008
Travis L. - Olathe, KS

The all new, all powerful Power & Light District. A beacon of light in the midwestern plains, proves everything is up to date in Kansas City... Except the power and the light.

Photo taken by Terry C., while visitng KC for the first time.

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The Bristol - Oh how I miss the one on the Plaza

Rating:

1 out of 5 stars

09/21/2008
Kacie D. - Lees Summit, MO

Myself, my husband and another couple visited the Bristol in the P&L District for the 2nd time...thinking....the first time it sucked was because it just opened. The 2nd time, 9/20/08, SUCKED EVEN WORSE!!!!
Not only was our waitress, who had ZIP of a personality, bad, but the food was worse. When did The Bristol go from being the "BEST" place at the Plaza to what seems like fast food place in the P&L?? Well maybe I shouldn't say fast...there was nothing fast about this visit. It took 20 minutes to get 1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of beer. After asking why it was taking so long, the waitress told us it was because they poured a draft beer instead, why that made our drinks arrive 20 minutes after we ordered them??????I dont know????
The Power and Light employees better wake up, with there horrible customer service...see other reviews.....I can see a quick end coming to some of these places.

KCPL District Maker's Mark - HORRIBLE SERVICE

Rating:

1 out of 5 stars

09/06/2008
Jeffrey M. - independence, MO

(I rated 1 star for Maker's Mark because I can't rate a negative rate.)The Power and Light District holistically is AWESOME - great for the Kansas City night life; definitely better than the Westport scene. However, my virgin visit to the district with my wife tonight (9/5/08) was EXTREMELY disappointing - not because of the district itself but because of a specific restaurant WITHIN the district, namely, Maker's Mark Bourbon whatever (the name escapes me because it was pretty forgetabble). I am an EXTREMELY well-traveled consumer and have NEVER experienced anything as egregious as the behavior I received from the waiter at this location. If HE EXPECTED me to even TIP HIM for an EXPECTED service, he MUST BE PAID VERY WELL - for him to THROW my tip back into my WIFE'S face (yes...waited for me to leave the table to do this - that coward)...this behavior has DEFINITELY ended my CONFIDENCE in the Maker's Mark brand and value proposition, regardless of the venue and WILL BE COMMUNICATED BY MOUTH BY ME AND EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH ME....this experience was the EPITOME OF what not to do to retain or gain customers. As far as I am concerned, this ONE act by a small-town-minded waiter who DEFINITELY DID NOT DESERVE A TIP AT ALL (aND the $2.00 tip was out of pity that he was even a waiter AT ALL)... completely destroyed my perception of an excellent brand - regardless...i WILL NEVER BUY A MAKER'S MARK PRODUCT OR VISIT A MAKER'S MARK RESTAURANT EVER...and neither will anyone who comes in contact with me...regardless of any time or any place. - A VERY DISAPPOINTED CUSTOMER WHO WORKS IN A CUSTOMER-ORIENTED COMPANY...SHAME ON YOU, MAKER'S MARK. PLEASE contact me for more details as this only a snapshot of the horrid service I experienced. Thank you for listening...and hopefully taking ACTION.

Too Busy

Rating:

2 out of 5 stars

07/24/2008
Tim B. - Omaha, NE

The Power and Light District looked wonderful! If we could have found a place to park maybe we could have enjoyed it also. Maybe next summer they will have all the kinks worked out and we will try again.

Wow City! Kansas City, Missouri!

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

07/23/2008
Gregg R. - Minneapolis, MN

Kansas City, Missouri in it core area is certainly world class city. From 75th St to the Missouri river the city is certainly booming. Lots of class, culture, history and excitement every where in the core. So much to see and do one would have to move there to enjoy it all. I have been there many times and it gets better by the day, litterally. The best is yet to come I am told with something big and new opening all the time downtown.

From my travel expirience in 30 countries I would say it is one of the top 30 cities in the world all things considered. From live music every where downtown--at the Sprint Center at the fabulous Power & Light Disrict with its soon to be open historic theatres to River Market and its steam boat museum to Crown Center, the National WW I Museum, Science City and Union Station. The place is exploding with world-class attractions and fun. And all of these attractions are within reasonable walking distance downtown.Hats off the KC in her 4 Billion $ plus Downtown revival. In fact the downtown Kansas City is so nice I will open a new office there in dowtown and live there part of the year when I am in country. Thanks to a truly great city--Kansas City, Missouri.

something for everyone

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

07/02/2008
katie c. - washington d.c., DC

The power and light district is beautiful, and has something for everyone, whether you are 51 or 21, you will have fun.

Parking only $2

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

06/16/2008
Tim A. - Kansas City, MO

I'm not sure where otheres are parking, but you can park for only $2 anywhere in the district with a validation from any of the venues down there. Easy and we had a great time at Vinino's and Howl at the Moon!

WOW! This is Kansas City?

Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

06/13/2008
Kevin M. - KC, MO

It's pretty hard to believe you’re in downtown KC. The Irish bar and the rock bar are my favorites. Best of all - parking was easy and cheap.

Parking Hazard

Rating:

1 out of 5 stars

06/12/2008
Jim M. - Kansas City, MO

The P&L District would be OK if the parking didn't average $15.00. Yep, $15.00 is what it would have cost me to go for 1 beer after work. Forget the P&L district, go to the River Market area just nearby.

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