Best Cocktail Bars in Kansas City
The trend is sweeping the city
Cocktail culture is in full swing in Kansas City. Here’s a handy guide on where to the city’s best places to indulge in a well-crafted libation (or two).
This hip, cocktail-forward distillery in the heart of the city’s Crossroads district focuses on bourbon, vodka, and gin. And its restaurant and tasting room is where you can sample a bevy of its offerings in classic and original concoctions, like the Pinky Blintz, Corpse Reviver No. 2, and Royal Gold Old Fashioned.
Once you make your way downstairs and pinpoint the secret entrance, that’s when the real fun begins at this cocktail den in Rieger Hotel. Play the house rules – no chatting on cell phones or loud voices – and you’ll get to enjoy some of the best drinks (including the Kai Smash, a blend of Ford’s Gin, lime, and basil) in town.
The centerpiece of this swanky Westport watering hole is a stunning bar made with walnut and white oak. Though the specialty of the house is bracing whiskey cocktails, there’s also hearty Southern bar bites like sausage gumbo, and okra and rice.