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Kansas City was once home to “the wettest block in the world.” Sure, Prohibition may have ended, but the 1920s live on in spirit—and spirits—thanks to a collection of new-age speakeasies that can be as secretive as they are sensational. Travel to the Crossroads Arts District to find Tom’s Town, a distillery that touts a tasting room rivaled by few in the city. Grab reservations in advance if you’re looking to hit up Manifesto, an underground institution known nationally for its impeccable menu and intimate vibe.
Hotel Phillips demonstrates classic art deco style done right all throughout its lobby, as well as in its underground speakeasy, P.S. Concealed among a variety of other shops and stores, The W is a Lee’s Summit hotspot with an inspired menu and warm environment. Bypassing much of the Gatsby-era extravagance popular among other hidden joints, The Campground focuses on craft cocktails in a nostalgic, woodsy atmosphere in Westport.