Those looking for an exciting, eclectic and unique nightlife scene will find all that and more in Kansas City. As home to some of the newest, freshest and “outside of the box” bars, nightclubs and music venues, this former Cowtown has a flirtatious side one might not expect in the Heart of America.

ON THE VINE …

Danny’s Big Easy in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District is a fusion of jammin’ R&B bands, inspirational Gospel karaoke, soulful spoken-word performances and DJ grooves in a spicy New Orleans ambiance. The vibe is the perfect backdrop for their outstanding Bayou-inspired Cajun and Creole fare. (816-421-1200)

Beer Taps

TRAVELING ABROAD …

For a taste of Germany in the Heartland, try the Wunderbar at Grunauer in the Crossroads Arts District. Featuring almost two dozen European beers and other brews, there are ample flavors to satisfy any hops-lover. Wunderbar’s best feature, however, is the authentic German fare encompassing affordable specialties like Hungarian beef goulash, curried bratwurst and vinegar slaw, and sausage platesserved ‘til the wee hours of the morning. For more information, call them at 816-283-3234.

TRULY UNDERGROUND …

In a throwback to the popular speakeasies of the 1920s and ‘30s, the newly reopened Manifesto, also in the Crossroads District, occupies a sexy, clandestine subterranean spot in the historic Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange building. Here, classic spirits like Angostura bitters and Old Tom gin are used to create a variety of timeless cocktails from this historic bygone era. This makes Manifesto a truly unique Kansas City hotspot and one seldom found in the Midwest. To reserve a spot, call them at 816-471-2177.

LOCAL & LIVELY …

Located on Grand Boulevard downtown, Czar Bar offers an “upscale dive” experience. The main attraction is the intimate, boisterous ambiance featuring live band and DJ tunes ranging from heavy metal to hip hop, indie rock, funk and more. Nibbles include the usual bar and grill fare plus a few vegetarian and vegan options, and you can whet your whistle from an array of domestic and imported beers. Call them at 816-221-2244 for more information.

Westport at Night

WHEN IN WESTPORT …

For savvy glasses, cool pints and good eats, check out the Firefly Lounge in Westport. The extensive beverage menu features almost three dozen beer varieties and assorted wine flight options.

If spirits are more your style, opt for their tequila, cognac, bourbon and whiskey, and single malt scotch sipping flights. Light nibbles include “street tacos,” bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms and the like. Call them at 816-931-3003 to reserve a special table for your night on the town. 

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