Kansas City Underground

A unique assortment of both figurative and literal underground destinations remain some of KC’s best-kept secrets, from a subterranean speakeasy to late-night jazz sessions in a hundred-plus-year-old club.

Uncover the finest, most undercover experiences in Kansas City.

Secretive Experiences


Sample spirits made by S.D. Strong Distilling, the only known legal distillery operating in a cave, and catch a “Cave Concert” while you’re there.

The world’s first and only underground paintball arena is found right in the metro thanks to Jaegers Subsurface Paintball, located in Kansas City’s cavernous SubTropolis.


While in SubTropolis, swing by Bird’s Botanicals, a colorful flower garden filled with exotic orchids that’s open to the public on Tuesdays.

Put your problem-solving skills to the test at several area escape rooms, including Breakout KC and Escape Room Kansas City, both known for high-stakes, puzzling good times.


Swordfish Tom's

Find Swordfish Tom's below the bustling Crossroads Arts District, offering an ever-rotating menu of handcrafted drinks in a historic setting.


The Hey! Hey! Club

In the East Bottoms, step into the glow of The Hey! Hey! Club—a suave destination for cocktails and live music tucked beneath the ground floor of J. Rieger & Co.—then stick around for a look at the hidden-away history of the neighborhood through a historical exhibit inside the distillery.

Historical Pursuits


Jam sessions run into the early hours of the morning at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, a jazz club that’s been hopping in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District since 1917.


Tours at Holladay Distillery, the oldest still-standing distillery west of the Mississippi, include a stop in an ancient cave—a hand-dug space constructed in the mid-1800s where limestone water was first used to make the company’s bourbon.


Head up north to Weston, where you’ll find O’Malley’s 1842 Pub, an old-school Irish bar headquartered in three vaulted limestone cellars and known for its unparalleled live music performances.


Explore an actual stop on the Underground Railroad at the Quindaro Ruins, an active archaeological site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.