Kansas City's Best Bars 2017
Raising Kansas City's nightlife one bar at a time.
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Why you’re here: True to Prohibition-era fashion, this drinks den is hidden in plain sight, this time behind an unmarked door in historic downtown Lee’s Summit. Creatively crafted and updated classic seasonal cocktails are The W’s focus, and these almost-too-pretty-to-sip libations are expressed through locally sourced ingredients, house-made syrups, tonics and artisanal ice dreamed up by bartender and general manager Mike Strohm. It’s a speakeasy experience to be had, just be sure to plan ahead; this 38-seater serves by reservation only.
What you’re having: The Mexican Firing Squad
6 1/2 W. Third St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., (816) 287-0000, thew.bar
Why you’re here: What do you get when you mix a micro winery, a neighborhood bistro and a martini bar? A one-of-a-kind hangout in the heart of downtown Lee’s Summit. The corks, cocktails and cuisine bar is known for its variety of 32 house-made wines, infused bloody marys and tasty menu of tapas. Groove to local acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
What you’re having: A selection from Bar*istro’s signature wines.
127 SE Third St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., (816) 554-4664, baristrols.com
Red Door Wine Store
Why you’re here: Red Door Wine Store might have begun as a boutique wine store, but it’s evolved throughout the years into something more. In addition to being a source for your spirit needs, the shop features weekly and monthly tastings; live music; and beer, wine and liquor for sale by the glass. Winos and beer lovers, rejoice.
What you’re having: A bottle of Midwestern wine
229A SE Main St., Lee’s Summit, Mo., (816) 600-2204, reddoorwinestore.com