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.

Clandestine Culinary Quests

Understated in the coolest possible way, speakeasy Manifesto invites guests to an intimate underground setting beneath The Rieger restaurant and featuring inventive cocktails and unmatched mood.

On island time? Set sail for TikiCat, a lush hideaway with authentic décor and oasis tastes that transport guests to the tropics. (You’ll find it beneath HopCat in Westport.)

Less below-ground and more secret-locale, The Test Kitchen is an intimate supper club that operates on a lottery system and never hosts dinners in the same place twice. The reward? Diners are treated to exclusive menus from accomplished area chefs.

Count on bar and bistro food at Courthouse Exchange, a subterranean establishment that has called historic Independence home since 1899.

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.

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.

Kelli O'Hara, Broadway star in concert

Kelli O’Hara is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, and her work in film, television, and opera have made her acclaim even greater. The Tony Award winner will bring her unique mix of classicism and show business to Kansas City for selections from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.

Hugh Jackman

Academy Award®-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will bring The Man. The Music. The Show to Sprint Center on Oct. 13. You will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Paul Childres Concert in the Caves

Blending Pop, R&B, and Soul, Paul Childers is leading a new breed of Singer/Songwriters and Guitarists. Paul finds a way to blur the lines cast between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix styles of guitar playing, a Motown rhythm section, and Pop vocal melodies. He is returning to the caves for another epic show! 

B-Side mini 2019

We're celebrating our second annual music festival - in a teenier way!
Join us Oct. 4th First Friday for B-Side Mini!
Acts include our house band I Threw a Chair, Winny Wallet and the Workshop, and local musician Sean Groff.
Inside the gallery we will be showing many mini works, small doodles, sculptures and more.
Big thanks to Brewery Emperial for providing the event with beverages!

Merriam Drive Live!

Downtown Merriam will transform into a street and lawn party full of music on two stages, food trucks, adult beverages and a Cornhole Tournament. Performers include: Four Fried Chickens & a Coke; Red Guitar; Stolen Winnebagos; Fast Times and Noe Palma. Enjoy this annual music fest for FREE in downtown Merriam.

Brahms’ Fourth and Bach’s Fantasia

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Jason Seber, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH/ELGAR Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Once Upon a Castle for Organ and Orchestra
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Finlandia and Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center
Michael Stern, conductor
Martin Helmchen, piano
SIBELIUS Finlandia
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
DANIEL KELLOGG The Golden Spike (Kansas City Symphony commission, world premiere)
SMETANA “Blaník” from Má vlast

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City Fall Concert

The Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, healthcare students, as well as other musicians from the Kansas City area.  This fall concert will include: The New World Symphony - Dvorak , Fanfare for the Common Man – Copeland, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cello, s Gion Overture - Jose Gonzalez Granero