Kansas City's Best Bars 2017

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

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Martini Corner

   Tower Tavern

   Why you’re here: If you’re looking for a sports bar with a Cheers-esque neighborhood feel, consider Tower Tavern your new haunt. Here, TVs are ample, the wings are divine and the windows roll up for an al fresco experience on warmer days, which means make plans to visit and watch the Royals play Opening Day at the K.

   What you’re having: KC Bier Co. Dunkel

   401 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 931-9300, towertavernkc.com


   The Drop Bar & Bistro

   Why you’re here: Do "drop" in for a visit to this upscale neighborhood bistro in Martini Corner. The Drop is known for its specialty cocktails, happy hour specials and ladies-who-lunch menu, which, when paired with the bistro's hip and intimate atmosphere — think antique chandeliers and exposed brick — makes it the perfect place to catch up with friends. From fruity concoctions like the Bellini Martini and red or white wine and beer, to the stiff, scotch-based Penicillin, The Drop's bar slings it all.

   What you’re having: Red Winetini

  409 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 756-3767, thedropbistro.com


   Ollie’s Local

   Why you’re here: You won’t find fancy drinks or frills at this classic American bar in Union Hill, just good food, good drinks and good times. Ollie’s Local revives the lost art of the friendly neighborhood bar through its simple offerings of beer, wine and cocktails on tap, and bottles and cocktails by hand. You’ll think your new hangout has been around since the ’50s, except for Saturdays when local acts take the in-house stage.

   What you’re having: Lemon whiskey punch bowl

   3044 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 541-3961, ollieslocal.com