Kansas City's Best Bars 2017
Raising Kansas City's nightlife one bar at a time.
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South Johnson County
One Block South
Why you’re here: One Block South in Rosana Square is to Johnson County what the Power & Light District downtown is to Jackson County. Dreamed up by entrepreneur and industry veteran Shawn McClenny, the multi-venue food, drink and entertainment district is a block-long oasis for customizing and maximizing your nightlife experience. “Not your dad’s pool hall” Red 8 Bar & Billiards racks ‘em up with weekly specials, a swanky interior and pool tables. Fuel is an American-made car, truck and motorcycle-themed sports bar and grill. Local Tap focuses on local craft beers that pair well with tasty bar snacks, with games and live music to keep you entertained. And 10,000-square-foot dance club Kanza Hall keeps the party going with top country, rock and blues acts.
What you’re having: The day’s special
7300 W. 119th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 451-0444, oneblocksouthkc.com
Why you’re here: Not many bars can say they’re housed in a 100-year-old church and feature a restored Brunswick-Balke-Collender bar from the 1880s, and that alone is reason enough to stop by this south Johnson County pub. It is said that Llywelyn is Celtic for a good time, and you’ll definitely find it here with 27 beers on tap, daily food and drink specials, plus live local and national acts on Fridays and Saturdays.
What you’re having: A glass of Llywelyn’s signature Dragon’s Ale.
6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 402-0333, llywelynspub.com
Nick and Jake’s
Why you’re here: Don’t let its menu of chef-driven American cuisine fool you; Nick and Jake’s is very much a bar as it is a source for delicious dishes, and that’s what makes it a hometown favorite. Grab a seat at the bar if available and soak in the upscale bar scene, which is home to a u-shaped bar surrounded by TVs; good company and an assortment of beer, wine, specialty cocktails along with the bartender’s latest mixed masterpieces.
What you’re having: A ruby mojito with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
6830 W. 135th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 681-8535, nickandjakes.com