By Cara Oldenhuis  

From fountains to barbecue to baseball, KC has a great slate of well-known destinations. But what about areas off the beaten path? To explore KC below the surface, you’ve got to go underground—both literally and figuratively. Featuring a subterranean speakeasy, private experimental dining and covert cave paintball, this line-up will leave you with a fresh perspective on a few of KC’s best kept secrets.

FOOD & DRINK
 

O’MALLEY’S 1842 PUB

O'Malley's Irish Pub in Weston, MO

Located in three vaulted limestone cellars of the historic Weston Brewing Company, visitors to this authentic Irish pub are transported back in time to the old country. Sip on a wide variety of ales, lagers or Irish whiskeys and enjoy live music from a regular lineup of nationally recognized Irish entertainers in a cool basement that been around for more than 150 years. O’Malley’s just might be the next best thing besides traveling to Dublin itself.

MANIFESTO

Manifesto

Literally underground below The Rieger, this subterranean cocktail bar is a throwback to the popular speakeasies of KC’s prohibition era. Bartenders here are more like chefs, uniquely creating one-of-a-kind cocktails with a wide variety of classic spirits and fresh ingredients.  Here’s another clandestine twist—reservations are strongly encouraged and made via text (816-536-1325). Entering the space will make you feel like you have the secret password to a hidden nightclub of a bygone era.

THE TEST KITCHEN

The brainchild of local foodie Jenny Vergara, the Test Kitchen Underground Supper Club puts food fanatics into a lottery each month for an adventurous meal in a secret location. The lucky 20 winners are then treated to menu prepared by different local chefs and mixologists. It’s like being guinea pigs who get fed really great food!

ENTERTAINMENT


MUTUAL MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

Mutual Musicians Foundation

Starting at midnight and playing into the wee hours of the morning, “jam” sessions each weekend at the Mutual Musicians Foundation feature some of KC’s most talented jazz performers. This after-hours establishment, located in the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District, pays living tribute to KC’s jazz history. Musicians have been coming here for decades—all for the love of the music. Listening to jazz legends play here together is almost like stumbling into an impromptu recording session.

JAEGER’S SUBSURFACE PAINTBALL

Jaegers Underground Paintball

Take the game underground. Underneath the hillside in one of Kansas City’s oldest limestone mines is Jaeger’s Subsurface Paintball, featuring five recreation fields and a two-man speedball field. The well-lit limestone cave provides plenty of places to crawl, hide and attack as you battle it out on the Paintball court.

BREAKOUT KC

Want to feel like a secret agent? Test your knowledge at Breakout KC, where you’ll have 60 minutes to decipher clues and break free from a locked room.  With different room settings, from the high stakes at the River Quay Casino room to asian-inspired Szechuan Secret, you’ll feel like you are a part of an underground mission. Can you breakout in time?

BONUS


CHILDREN’S TLC GROUNDHOG RUN        

This popular 5k/10k run beats the winter chill and takes to the streets of the underground Hunt Midwest SubTroplis business park. Kept cool at a year-round temperature of 65 degrees, this race attracts runners from all over the country and benefits Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center.

QUINDARO RUINS UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Established by abolitionists in 1856, Quindaro was once a booming town and stop on the Underground Railroad.  Following decline and overgrowth of the surrounding area, the townsite was rediscovered during an archaeological study. Public viewing of the dig is occasionally offered and recovered artifacts are on display at the Wyandotte County Museum.

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