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Best Bars in Kansas City

The people of St. Louis can talk as much as they want but the folks from Kansas City know their land is the original Gateway to the West. The three main trails — the California, Santa Fe and Oregon — all began right here. Ruts from many genuine wagon wheels can really still be seen from across the state line, in Kansas. The Pony Express started a couple miles north, in St. Joseph, and Lewis and Clark rode on by in 1804 on their journey to discover the then elusive Northwest Passage. Okay, enough about the history of the land. Do they folks know how to drink? Hell Yeah! Here’s a list of the top bars to have a good ole time in thriving Kansas City!

Zoo Bar

1220 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 842-6060

At the Zoo Bar, the energy is infectious, the juke box is full of soul, and the drinks are strong and cheap. It is places such as this that make you love KC. Bring your cash with you to the Zoo Bar, it’s all they accept. One of Kansas City’s best old school dive bars! Come on down and have a cold one!


1924 Main St
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 536-1325

The Manifesto is a 48 seat cocktail bar that makes a labor-intensive hard approach to making drinks with only the freshest ingredients and most genuine finest spirits. They strive to offer the highest degree of hospitality by graciously taking reservations for cocktails 6 nights per week. They are not a nightclub, and they don’t believe in keeping a “list” that showcases preferred access or favoritism. Every one of Manifesto’s guests is a “VIP”. They hope to see you very soon. Cheers!

Kelly’s Westport Inn

500 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 561-5800

In February of 1947, Randal Kelly, a native of Ireland’s County Clare, was hired to work as a bartender at 500 Westport Road. Randal’s witty and dry sense of humor, unassuming attitude and generous spirit won him much fame and it wasn’t a long time in that all were naming the joint Kelly’s. Kelly was business partners with Mr. Brock until Art passed away in 1977. In June of 1977, the bar was officially coined Kelly’s Westport Inn. Randal died in 1988 and now his two sons, Pat and Kyle, presently run the joint. In March of 2010 Kelly’s presented a rooftop deck for full business! Named for Randal, the Rooftop has a fantastic view of surrounding Westport and similar to the downstairs there is always a chum prepared to tell a great story! Come on down to Kelly’s for a cold one and enjoy the history!

The Union of Westport

421 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111

You will feel at home when you walk in to The Union of Westport. The bartenders are quick, and the atmosphere is friendly. Come listen to some rocking tunes, play pool or just enjoy the old school arcade games. The upstairs area plays alternative music, and the downstairs is a mix of rock and hip hop. This is a pub with good food and a great selection of draft beer.

Buzzard Beach

4110 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 753-4455

Buzzard Beach is a rockin’, partier dive bar! There is never a cover, the drinks are cheap and they are always open until 3am! They offer pool tables and shuffle board downstairs, and provide an awesome outdoor patio. The have a diverse crowd and the bartenders are friendly and professional. A Westport favorite, the Buzzard Beach offers a fun time for cheap money!




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