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Kansas City’s Nightlife Scene

Between dancing at nightclubs in the heart of the city and bar-hopping in trendy neighborhoods, the nightlife scene in Kansas City stands out as one of the best in the Midwest.

Bar-Hopping and Breweries

Raising toasts with craft beer pints and late nights spent exploring local bars showcase one of the most casual sides of Kansas City nightlife.  

In Westport, Kansas City’s oldest district, revelers will find plenty to cheers about:


Head to the Crossroads Arts District for an assortment of craft breweries and taprooms all within a stone’s throw of one another:


Explore quirky West 39th Street at night by hitting Hi-Dive Lounge—home of the $2.50 “mystery beer” machine—plus Drunken Worm, Nomads and Gilhouly’s, each only steps away from the other.

Elevated Cocktails and Chic Speakeasies

Kansas City’s high-spirited cocktail culture wows no matter the drink:

  • Craft distiller Tom’s Town is home to a swanky, art deco-inspired tasting room located on the KC Streetcar line. North of the river? Try Repeal 18th in North Kansas City to sample seasonal and classic tastes.
  • Trendy Crossroads hotspots The Rieger and SoT are both known for excellent service and creatively crafted libations.


  • Head to the Country Club Plaza to sip and snack at The Monarch Bar, an upscale cocktail concept known for dazzling presentation, artful creations and jaw-dropping environs.
  • Craving champagne? Ça Va in Westport has your bubbly covered. Meanwhile, sleek whiskey purveyor Julep keeps busy just a block away.


Take the evening underground by visiting some of KC’s most popular speakeasies, where reservations are always recommended:

  • Manifesto: An institution located under The Rieger and known nationally for its impeccable menu and intimate vibe.
  • TikiCat: HopCat’s underground cousin boasts a drink menu overseen by an award-winning mixologist and authentic décor that transports even the most skeptical tiki fan to paradise.


  • Swordfish Tom’s: Tucked away in an old boiler room, this subterranean establishment is a callback to speakeasies of yore.
  • The W: Lee’s Summit’s resident speakeasy features an inspired menu and warm environment.
  • P.S.: Located beneath Hotel Phillips, this hidden bar exudes class and style.

Dancing and Nightclubs

For those nights out when you just need to dance:

Live Music

While Kansas City’s live music calendar is full year-round, a handful of hangouts are home to house bands and local performers each night of the week:



  • Kill Devil Club: Plan on live music every Friday and Saturday night at this home to specialty cocktails.
  • Chaz on the Plaza: Smooth sounds accompany date night dinners at The Raphael’s resident restaurant.
  • Black Dolphin: The Green Lady Lounge’s companion venue is anything but second-fiddle thanks to stellar live sets from KC’s finest jazz musicians.
  • recordBar: Combine a full show calendar with intimate concert vibes and you’ve got this Crossroads mainstay. 


Inclusive and welcoming environments for all to enjoy:

  • Missie B’s: Drag performances are the marquee attraction at this multi-story Midtown favorite. 
  • Bistro 303: Upscale drinks and an excellent bistro menu define this popular Westport haunt.
  • Hamburger Mary’s: With drag shows nearly every night of the week, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more entertaining restaurant and bar.
  • Sidestreet Bar: Hang at Sidestreet’s back porch for a relaxed night filled with darts, drinks and more.
  • Café Trio: Count on this gay-owned restaurant for excellent patio views and happy hours, all overlooking the Country Club Plaza.