Kansas City Bar Guide for Every Age Group



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40s

​   Pierponts

     This Union Station mainstay has enjoyed a hearty reputation as one of Kansas City’s most beloved seafood and steak houses since it opened in 1996. Fittingly, it takes its name from the railroad baron John Pierpont Morgan, and the architectural design of the space echoes the original features the building had when it first opening in 1914 (when Pierpont’s was originally a ladies-only waiting room). There’s a lot of history in those walls, and you can enjoy a busy scene as you lean against the bar, sipping your Manhattan...KS — an upgrade on the classic featuring a fig balsamic syrup — with all the class and restraint a couple decades’ worth of imbibing has instilled in you.

   30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo., pierponts.com

Pierponts Union Station Kansas City


Wine: Tannin Wine Bar

   At a certain point, you may find yourself selecting a restaurant based not on its food menu, but on its wine list. In that case, we recommend Tannin Wine Bar in the Crossroads. Wine director Barry Tunnel meticulously selects the vintages on his comprehensive binder, so no matter who you’re with or what you like, you can confidently select a bottle that suits your preferences — down to the year and the region.

   1526 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo., tanninwinebar.com

Tannin Wine Bar Kansas City


Beer: Brewery Emperial

​By the time you’re in your 40s, you don’t need a billion taps to choose from. All you need is, say, one good pilsner. For that — and also for a very good amber ale, milk stout and IPA — there’s Brewery Emperial, a Crossroads microbrewery guided by Keith Thompson, the former lead brewer at McCoy’s. Chef Ted Habiger of Room 39 is a co-owner, so make sure you take advantage of the food menu, too.

1829 Oak St., Kansas City, Mo., breweryemperial.com

Brewery Emperial Kansa City