Kansas City's Best Bars 2017

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

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Tom's Town Distilling Co. Crossroads KC 435 Mag Best Bar

   Tom’s Town Distilling Co.

   Why you’re here: Because Kansas City can’t get enough of its Paris of the Plains past. This Crossroads watering hole, billed as the first legal distillery in KC since the Prohibition, preserves the era of Tom Pendergast with Gatsby-era decor, complete with a walnut bar, antique tin ceilings and speakeasy-style tasting room. Boss Tom’s influence is evident, from owners Steve Revare and David Epstein’s ties to the political boss (Revare’s great-great-uncle arrested Pendergast for tax evasion in 1939, and Epstein’s grandfather was a rivaling bootlegger) to the distillery’s signature liquors — Pendergast’s Royal Gold Bourbon, McElroy’s Corruption Gin and Eli’s StrongArm Vodka — that are used in the craft cocktails.

   What you’re having: The Pinky Blitz

   1701 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 541-2400, toms-town.com


   Green Lady Lounge

   Why you’re here: Kansas City is as well known for its vibrant jazz scene, and this gem is one the best venues to sample the city’s nightlife. Soft lights, signature pressed copper ceilings and red velvet wall, seductive local jazz seven nights a week and no cover charge. Need we say more?

   What you’re having: The Green Lady

   1809 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 215-2954, greenladylounge.com


Up Down Bar Crossroads Kansas City Bar


   Why you’re here: Because brews and buttons are the way of the future. Local barcade Up-Down is a game lover’s dream, combining the nostalgia of more than 50 arcade games, pinball machines, Skee-ball lanes, and gaming consoles from the ‘80s and ‘90s with an extensive lineup of craft beers on tap. And fueling your high score is a breeze with standard and specialty pizzas available whole or by the slice. Climb the stairs to the rooftop bar for life-size Jenga, Connect Four and stellar views of downtown.

   What you’re having: An Ace hard cider

   101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 982-9455, updownkc.com