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5 Best Cocktail Bars in Kansas City

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Date: Oct 21, 2020
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Our local guides have curated a list of the best cocktail bars in Kansas City. Whether you’re looking for a unique concoction in the Crossroads, Country Club Plaza, Midtown, Westport, West Bottoms or North KC, our local experts are living, working, and passionately seeking and sharing their favorite experiences here for your inspiration and enjoyment!

SoT

SoT

SoT is a secret garden party tucked quaintly amongst the buildings of the Kansas City Crossroads District. An eclectic vibe invites the artist and businessman to mingle. Elevated cocktails that will make your experience unforgettable. Go join the society of drinkers and find out why SoT is the new best kept secret in the city.

SoT
1521 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Louge

The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge

No expense was spared in creating one of the most refined and opulent spaces in Kansas City. From the plush velvet seating to the stunning Monarch butterfly chandelier to the beautiful marble center bar, The Monarch Main Bar is as tastefully appointed as its impressive and creative cocktail menu. Watch as their skilled bartenders make every cocktail to order and their staff is attentive to your every need.
The Migratory patterns and flight paths of indigenous Monarch butterflies from around the world have inspired their uniquely crafted cocktail list. These cocktails reside along the regional flight paths from which the spirits, modifiers and ingredients of each drink derive. The menu also indicates the type of glassware in which it is served, as well as the coordinates (longitude and latitude) of the migratory location from which it is conceived. Not sure which path to take? Pick a style and flavor, note your preferred glassware, and let the bartenders create something unique, just for you.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, having a parlour room was evidence of financial success and social status. As such, the parlour was the room in which elite society enjoyed all the comforts of life. It was, invariably, the best room in the home, and frequently displayed the family’s best furnishings, works of art and valuable family heirlooms. In short, the parlour was where families entertained their most important guests with music, literature and the arts.
In the spirit of that rich history, The Parlour at The Monarch Bar is Kansas City’s most private and comfortable room for entertaining. With seating for up to 16 guests, and a dedicated bar and bartender, it is available by invitation and reservation only. The Parlour offers rare and vintage spirits along with a curated cocktail list exclusive to the room. Based on classic literature and the arts, the curated cocktail list changes seasonally and features commissioned art by a new artist.
Guests of The Parlour are welcomed by The Monarch family to a new and memorable experience each time they visit.

The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Louge
4808 Roanoke Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112

TiKiCat Bar

TikiCat

Kansas City once had several well-known tiki bars, including Castaways, Kona Kai and Kon-Tiki, each of which graced the city with its own take on a Polynesian getaway. With their outlandish tropical decor and exotic drinks, they were the source for many memories for generations of KC residents.
TikiCat reflects their love for Tiki culture and cocktails, and my love for Hawaii . They built this place to be a retreat from our Midwestern lives. Whether it’s a cold day in January or a blistering hot day in July – – they want TikiCat to feel like a tropical hideaway, where you can escape reality – – if only for a few hours.
They craft their cocktails to order, one by one, with fresh juices, good booze and their own aloha spirit. Doing things this way sometimes takes longer than your typical bar drink, so hang loose, kick back, relax, and enjoy this secret “oasis” in the city.

TIKICAT
401 Westport Rd.
Kansas city, Mo
64111

Julep Cocktail Club

Julep Cocktail Club

We fancy ourselves more than just a local watering hole. We’re curators of fine whiskey and hand-crafted cocktails, administrators of delicious fare, and custodians of unequaled hospitality. No matter your tastes, budget or style, we’ve got something for you.

Julep Cocktail Club
Kansas City, 
Missouri 64111

Afterword Tavern & Shelves

Afterword Tavern & Shelves

A good book has the remarkable ability to connect friends over midnight discussions, or to a garrulous passenger on the streetcar who loves the same writer. Simple paper pages can inspire a visit to a city or reconnect someone to a time and place of their past. Books can spark an idea or incite an argument and provide a tranquil escape from the chaotic.
Beer, wine, spirits, and food share this quality. Rather than leave one of ’em out they decided to combine their collective powers under a single roof.
Thus, Afterword Tavern & Shelves was born. While it may be libations and books they’re selling on paper, at a philosophical level they are peddling discovery and the city in which they live. They invite you to walk through their door, and when you depart they hope that you do so having discovered something stirringly novel.

Afterword Tavern & Shelves, 
1834 GRAND BOULEVARD, 
KANSAS CITY, MO, 64108

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