Kansas City’s cocktail culture is not to be underestimated these days.
Events like the Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival keep the spirit of spirits alive in the community, but the national recognition local bars and bartenders have received has created a new stampede toward cowtown.
1. Manifesto: Chef Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda shared some of his KC favorites with GQ back in April. In his list, Manifesto (1924 Main St.) gets a mention for doing “craft cocktails to the fullest.” The speakeasy nature of the space—especially based on its history—is attractive to locals and visitors in search of a cocktail made with attention to detail. Bluestem Lounge (902 Westport Road) also gets praise from Ryan for its bar.
2. Harry’s Country Club (pictured above, photo courtesy of GQ magazine): In addition to Manifesto, Harry’s Country Club (112 E. Missouri Ave.) made Esquire’s list of “The Best Bars in America, 2013.” Esquire commends Harry’s for being unpretentious but not divey, having a large whiskey selection and good bar food. It’s a great place to kick back and relax with some friends. Image courtesy of GQ.
3. Kill Devil Club: The New York Post visited Kansas City for March Madness and singled out Kill Devil Club as their bar of choice. Though the author and his companion drank Manhattans in honor of where he currently lives, he acknowledges that New Yorkers unanimously agree that Kansas City is “a really cool place.”
4. Ryan Maybee: imbibe’s 2013’s Bartender of the Year is…Ryan Maybee. Maybee, Manifesto’s creator, is a local legend in the world of alcohol. Find a recipe for his “Pendergast” on imbibe’s website.
|Owner and barkeep of Kansas City’s Manifesto, Ryan Maybee.|
5. Kansas City: The entire city of Kansas City received recognition as being one of “America’s Best Beer Cities” by Travel + Leisure. Travel + Leisure based this recognition on the presence of places like Boulevard Brewing Company and McCoy’s Public House in KC.