Kansas City's Best Bars 2017

Raising Kansas City's nightlife one bar at a time.

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Downtown/ River Market

Brown & Loe River Market/ Downtown Kansas City Bar

   Brown & Loe

   Why you’re here: A Southern-style diner with 1920s flair describes the second River Market concept for Harry’s Country Club owners Harry Murphy and Kate McGlaughlin. The New American restaurant fashions its name from the previous tenants, a pair of produce brokers with the last names Brown and Loe, who took over the once Merchant’s Bank Building when it closed in the 1940s. The presence of the bank remains, from the checkered marble floors and coffered ceiling, to the former marble countertop, which now serves as Kansas City’s longest bar.

   What you’re having: A timeless sloe gin fizz

   429 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 472-0622, brownandloe.com


   Harry’s Country Club

   Why you’re here: Esquire marked it No. 9 on its “Best Bars in America” listing in 2013 and gave its “old-school fundamentals” a nod in 2016, and it’s easy to see why. Despite its name, Harry’s is a club for all. A perfect blend of honky-tonk without being divey and classy without being pretentious, the bar is country classic, like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, both of whom can be found on the jukebox. Behind the bar and on the menu you’ll find an extensive menu of bottles and brews from here and far that are definitely worth a try.

   What you’re having: A Thomas H. Handy rye on the rocks (per Esquire)

   112 E. Missouri Ave., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 421-3505, harryscountryclub.com


   The Phoenix

   Why you’re here: To set foot in The Phoenix is to experience Kansas City in its most vibrant form. Never mind the club’s rumored questionable past; it’s still one of the hottest places in town to soak up the scene and enjoy jazz and blues acts like Lonnie McFadden, Sons of Brasil and the Brody Buster Band. So pick your poison and get lost in the atmosphere. It’s one of a kind.

   What you’re having: A Silver Tongue

   302 W. Eighth St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 221-5299, thephoenixkc.com