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10 Terrific Bars in the Kansas City Area

The Kansas City area has always had a good bar scene but there are more great places to choose from all the time, whether you prefer the legendary ambiance and gregarious bar scene at Kelly's Westport Inn or dynamite pizza in a suburban oasis dedicated to sports fans, at The Other Place. Enjoy live music while savoring Irish fare and a cold one, at O'Dowd's Little Dublin Irish Pub too. If you like to socialize over adult beverages and sometimes take in live music, then you'll love our Kansas City guide. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've created a list that includes 10 of the Kansas City area's best bars to relax and unwind. Here are they are, with plenty of details to assure that you have a great visit. From information about dynamite cocktails and bartenders to what each place 'feels' like, we share all of the important details.

Kelly's Westport Inn


There are no frills at this legendary bar in the walk-able Westport neighborhood. Kelly's doesn't serve food but Joe's Pizza Buy the Slice is right next door. The original establishment opened as the Westport Inn, in 1947, with a bartender named...  Read More

Overland Park
The Other Place


A family owned pizzeria since 1970, this was the sixth location for The Other Place 'chain,' when it opened in 1997. A perfect watering hole for beer drinkers and sports lovers, this location combines a cozy feel from plenty of natural wood,...  Read More

Harry's Country Club
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If the measure of a great bar has any relationship to the number of liquor varieties available, then Harry's Country Club ranks way up there. Choose from well over 100 scotches plus dozens of tequilas, as well as a huge number of bourbon, rye,...  Read More

Green Lady Lounge
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The Green Lady Lounge is the consummate old-school Kansas City jazz club and bar. Long and narrow, dark and cozy, this iconic spot has gilt-framed art on the walls, a beautiful tin ceiling and dynamite nightly performances by some of this area's...  Read More

McCoy's Public House


This popular watering hole takes its name from John C. McCoy, founder of Westport, and the term, 'public houses' which once served food and ale in Britain and Ireland. The rib eye, chicken and waffles, and brick oven pizza are several menu...  Read More

Manifesto Bar
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Accessed through an unmarked back door, at the bottom of steep basement stairs at The Rieger Hotel Grille & Exchange, Manifesto replicates a classic speakeasy, with lots of candlelight amid antique stone walls. This dark and cozy cocktail...  Read More

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The Kill Devil Club
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Voted among the "Best New Bars in the U.S.," in 2013 and 2014, by Food & Wine Magazine, The Kill Devil Club is known for hand-crafted cocktails, an old-school 'clubby' vibe and live music, from Latin beats to country. Honoring Kansas City's...  Read More

Country Club Plaza
Gram & Dun
Photo courtesy of Michael Robinson


You know a place favors great drinks when there's an 8-page menu with dozens of draught and bottled beers as well as West Coast and imported wines, and a massive selection of specialty cocktails. During weekend brunch Bloody Marys, mimosas and...  Read More

O'Dowds Little Dublin Irish Pub


If you appreciate the cozy ambiance of dark wood and an antique bar, then O'Dowd's Little Dublin will fit the bill nicely. With a decidedly Irish feel and Guinness on tap, it's a great place to hear live music and sample terrific fare made with...  Read More


Meet Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray moved to the Kansas City area 35 years ago and has written professionally for 20+ years. A member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association, she's excited about the...  More About Lisa