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Before the coffee shop there was the neighborhood bar. These special places welcome us with open arms no matter the time of day or day of the week, many as legendary as the tales that take place there. KC offers these establishments aplenty.
Take, for example, Dave’s Stagecoach Inn in Westport, a compact watering hole with cheap drinks and eclectic décor. Travel along West 39th Street and soon enough you’ll find the Hi-Dive Lounge, home of the mystery beer: sometimes craft, sometimes yard, always $2.50. Night cap or entire evening, Keyhole Tavern attracts Johnson County patrons to its cozy Mission location.
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Downtown KC features both Zoo Bar—a cash-only classic—and Red Front Bar & Grill, where the bravest and funniest souls step up to the stage for open mic comedy every Wednesday. Meanwhile, Helen’s Just Another Dive Bar & Grill is right on the way home for many commuters in North Kansas City, with a kitchen open late and shuffleboard to boot.