Swordfish Tom's

Cozy Spots in Kansas City

Whether weathering out a rainy day or searching for somewhere warm to land during winter months, Kansas City’s assortment of restaurants, cafes and other hangouts provide cozy escapes no matter the time of year.

Brewery Emperial

Brewery Emperial

The warm crackle of the open-faced, wood-fired oven at Brewery Emperial adds rustic comfort to any drinking or dining experience—not to mention the eclectic menu and complementary craft beers on tap, both heralded by locals and visitors alike.

Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

Heirloom Bakery & Hearth

Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of employees methodically prepping baked goods or simply the pastries themselves, but Heirloom Bakery & Heart is a Brookside hub ideal for lazy weekend mornings spent among friends and family.

Swordfish Tom’s

Embark to the Crossroads Arts District, where you’ll find subterranean speakeasy Swordfish Tom’s, an intimate cocktail lounge located in a retrofitted boiler room. Dim lighting and limited phone use mean that conversation is key in this trendy hideaway. 


Hip, Midwestern décor meets homestyle classics at Rye, a Country Club Plaza and Leawood favorite for all hours of the day. Swing by for brunch on the weekends and treat yourself to a homemade cinnamon roll—what could be cozier than that?

The Ship

Nautical-themed The Ship is one of KC’s coziest, best-kept secrets thanks to all-time soul tunes on the lauded jukebox, eclectic live shows throughout the week and a warmly lit, welcoming West Bottoms atmosphere.

Quay Coffee (River Market)

Just steps from a stop along the KC Streetcar line, Quay Coffee is a brick-faced coffee shop that touts a guest roaster program—which means rotating blends and single origin coffees—and a sun-lit environment perfect for work or relaxation.

Pryde’s Kitchen & Necessities

Bright and decked out in rainbows of color, Pryde’s Kitchen & Necessities serves as a comfy respite from the elements—and stocks everything you need to cook up something to warm your bones during colder winter months.


Seek refuge from the elements in this tropical paradise. Known for its potent punches and other rum drinks, TikiCat operates like a speakeasy—it’s located beneath Westport’s HopCat, behind a secret door—and feels like an island getaway.

Gram & Dun

While outside on its popular patio, Gram & Dun keeps diners toasty thanks to open-air fires and heaters. Meanwhile, the interior bar makes everyone feel at ease thanks to brick-lined backdrops and creative libations.

The Reserve

Situated inside the Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, The Reserve is a swanky fine-dining experience set in an urban, “living room” setting, so you’re sure to feel at home regardless of the time of day.