Quality Inn & Suites Kansas City I-435N Near Sports Complex
1051 N. Cambridge
Kansas City, MO 64120
Phone: (816) 483-7900
Fax: (816) 483-8887
Bars & Cafes
Knuckleheads Saloon is as real as a bar experience could get. Patrons love the vintage chairs and rough lumber bar stools while sitting at long tables. Bar food is offered to keep the energy going and drinks keep the spirits high. They also have a store selling Knucklehead's merchandise. To top it all, they regularly have musicians come in and play some great tunes, especially blues. Check the website for information on events.
The slogan for this coffeehouse is, "Stubborn about great coffee," and when you receive your cup it will prove to you that they are very adherent to this perspective. All of the beans are garnered through direct trade practices that follow sustainable policies, so it's a win-win-win situation for the merchant, consumer and producer. The baristas behind the counter at the Mule have several methods to brew, just ask them if you prefer a French Press or a Chemex drip.
If you are looking to see how Kansas City appeared back when Charlie Parker roamed the streets, stop by the Blue Room. Although the original Blue Room, where the 'Bird' blew saxophone is long gone, this jazz joint is a fine replica of the 1930's club. Located in the historic 18th & Vine district, it is a bit of a museum, with pictures of greats that cover the walls and relics of Kansas City's jazz era adorn the tables. Live music still gets the place swinging four nights a week. No food is available and smoking is not allowed, but there is a fully stocked bar.
This restaurant boasts one of the largest collections of sports memorabilia in the country, including World Series and Super Bowl trophies, a Golden Glove and vintage uniforms from Major League baseball teams. The atmosphere is casual and contemporary, and the food is excellent. Burgers start at USD5; prime rib starts at USD13. This is a great place to hang out, enjoy the bar and have fun. It is a local favorite for college students and sports lovers.
If you like better-than-average pub grub and a nice single-malt scotch, there is no better place than Harry's. This unpretentious spot in the River Market area is always filled with happy locals out on the patio (when weather allows) with a beer or cocktail in hand. The jukebox and amply stocked whiskey bar are two other reasons why people love this place, the latter provides a whiskey menu that has almost every scotch imaginable. From the Highlands and Islay to the Islands and Speyside, you are sure to find one you like.
The envy of every nightclub in Kansas City is NV. The club sets the standards which the rest follow. Timely themes for festivals such as Halloween spice up the place. Knowing only those loaded with cash come in, the liquor on sale is expensive. But no sooner do the rays of light change and the music starts playing, people flock to the dance-floor to groove to the music. Local performers often join hands with DJs to raise the roof. Ample parking space is on offer. NV is also available for hosting private parties. The club is gay friendly.
In the River Market area, this is an upscale restaurant which doubles as a happening concert venue. Opened in the year 2002, the restaurant quickly caught up on the nightlife in Kansas City, with the ever active dance floor which hosts hip hop, jazz, reggae. Food and drinks to accompany an eventful evening is a wonderful combination for chilling out. Occasionally it holds events like the 'Monthly Wine and Dinner' which are usually monthly events.
Every city needs a great wine bar, and Cellar & Loft provides that niche where oenophiles and varietals can meet. It is located in the quaint, yet lively River Market district and patrons can find stacks and stacks of wines from all over the world. Most of the guests are members in which they pay a monthly fee for tastings and other discounts, however non-members can drink just as liberally. The establishment also serves beer and has a nice selection of scotch. Check website for details on tastings, events, lists, etc.
Zoo Bar has been plying drinks and laughs to the downtown K.C. area for over 25 years. It is a quintessential dive bar, there is graffiti on almost everything, PBR flows freely and there are no beer taps, just cans and bottles. The bar is always filled with regulars and sometimes its difficult to find a spot since it is such a small place. Nonetheless, if you are downtown and do not want to break the bank to have a few drinks, Zoo Bar is the spot.
Dance the night away at this dark dance club located in downtown's "Dance Club" district. A large dance floor at the back of the venue is filled most nights of the week with young hipsters and rave lovers grooving to an ever changing blend of techno, house, salsa and more. Tiger-striped booths offer a comfortable place to chug a drink and catch your breath. A small kitchen pumps out standard bar fare and appetizers to keep the energy flowing.
Vinino Wine Bar & Bistro has a warm ambiance with art on the walls and often with musicians playing in the background. The dishes are mainly Italian and Mediterranean, and your waiter can suggest the perfect wine or cocktail to complement your meal. There is also a nice dessert menu.
For all the entertainment that you needed after a boring day at work, the Crossroads KC at the Grinders provides it all. Friends get together at this intimate setting to enjoy a diverse range of music from reggae to rock, and blues to hip hop. And as the zesty live music sets the ball rolling, the very famous Grinders pizza and chilled beer are an added spice to the delightful experience. A music lovers haven, this hip place definitely turns out to the best entertainer in downtown.