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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Kansas City / Kansas

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Kansas City / Kansas? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Lava & Tonic restaurant
5.0
5 (198)
$30 and under
Hawaiian
Wichita
About the restaurant
Our bar seating is first come first served. We recommend reserving space ahead by calling 316-364-4141 or reserving on open table. Welcome to our little oasis in the middle of Kansas! Lava & Tonic, Wichita's finest immersive tiki bar. Our normal hours are Wednesday - Thursday 5 PM - 11 PM, Friday - Saturday 4 PM - 12:30 AM, & Sunday 4 PM - 10 PM. Drop by at 1716 E Douglas, located directly west of the Donut Whole.

Please take note your reservations have a time limit of two hours! We require this in order to maintain proper flow in our establishment!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The Malaysian Pitbull and the Basic Batch were both delicious if you enjoy sweet cocktails. Beautiful atmosphere for such a small place. Noise levels really depend on who's in the bar- there were a couple louder patrons when we went, but once they left it quieted down a lot. The "speak easy vibe" without signage outside probably keeps the amount of customers down to people who already know where the bar is.
A photo of Conductor Club restaurant
4.9
4.9 (391)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
E. Kansas City
About the restaurant
Tucked away in a hidden corner of historic Union Station, the Conductor Club is a unique rotating themed cocktail bar. We feature a specialty cocktails, small bites from Pierpont's kitchen and lots of fun.

*All guests must be 21+ years old. Reservations are exclusively through OpenTable. Kitchen is open until 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Scott and the crew always do a fantastic job creating an immersive experience with the decor, background music and creative little touches to really make the theme pop! The drinks are pre-batched, which I'm less a fan of, but they're all very well balanced. The menu every time is very expansive, running the gamete with base spirits and spanning from the savory to the tiki-esque sweet. We've never ordered food since we usually treat our visits as a pre or post-dinner cocktail stop, but it always smells and looks heavenly - how can you go wrong when you're serving from Pierpont's kitchen?!?! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique and different experience off the beaten path of breweries, distilleries or bars - a great little gem in the Crossroads.
A photo of Prime Social - Kansas City restaurant
4.9
4.9 (802)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
E. Kansas City
About the restaurant
Prime Social is a lively and dynamic rooftop cocktail lounge designed for conversation, where guests gather to enjoy the moment. Enjoy our modern and refined rooftop experience while you relax and take in the panoramic views next to our fire pit. Whether you’re celebrating, watching a game, or gathering with friends, Prime Social is your go-to destination for good times and lasting memories. We are located on the 16th floor of 46 Penn, adjacent to Kansas City's renowned Country Club Plaza.

Our associates’ priority is to ensure your experience is memorable. We ask that our guests choose attire that is both polished and suited to our restaurant.
THANK YOU FOR NOT WEARING:
Clothing emitting excessive marijuana odor
Excessively revealing clothing, exposed undergarments or tank tops
Clothing with offensive language or graphics
Admittance to Prime Social is at the discretion of management. We reserve the right to refuse service to patrons who are inappro
Top review
Emily
Dined 1 day ago
Incredible every time. It is my go-to cocktail lounge, especially for friends who have never been. The experience is always top notch and special brownie points should be shared with Jay. He made our last visit one-of-a-kind. Thank you, P.S.!
A photo of Dockum restaurant
4.7
4.7 (333)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Wichita
About the restaurant
Introducing Dockum, a speakeasy-style bar serving exquisite craft cocktails in downtown Wichita. Packed with intrigue, this subterranean lounge will bring you to another time and place—one that entices the senses with unforgettable tastes, sights, and sounds.

Step into a place built with classic elegance. Established in 1926, Dockum is a speakeasy-style bar where time slows, and discretion reigns. Find yourself sipping the finest handcrafted cocktails and well-prepared tonics. Our homemade bitters and syrups, fresh-squeezed juices, and selection of small bites are the talk of downtown Wichita, possessing the power to cure any ailment.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 5, 2024
Stefanie and Elvie provided excellent service!!! Took care of any issues that came up while we were there. The door man, Charles, walked us to the elevator and took our party directly to the door. Every staff member that we came in contact with was very knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely be back!!!!
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4.7
4.7 (106)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Lee's Summit
About the restaurant
Make Martin City Brewing Company's Pizza and Taproom your dining and drinking destination. Martin City Pizza features specialty pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and beer, it's a great place for casual gatherings with family and friends. Join us Sunday mornings for Brunch and Bottomless booze.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Everything about our visit was excellent. Our waiter, Joshua, was exceptionally remarkable!
A photo of The Maintenance Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (19)
$31 to $50
Speakeasy
Edwardsville
About the restaurant
The Maintenance Room! Come and grab a seat at KC’s best kept secret! Make a reservation for a guaranteed table and time. Head to Ten & Two coffee shop inside Olde Mill Properties in Bonner Springs, KS. Come on in the main entrance near the wheelchair ramp and front porch, THEN, you must check in with an employee at Ten & Two Coffee shop, who will usher you in through the secret door. Inside you'll find a tantalizing selection of high end and allocated spirits, cocktails that will awaken your senses, and mouthwatering shareable appetizers. Come visit us! Make a reservation today through Open Table and experience The Maintenance Room for yourself! Hours Thursday-Saturday 5pm-12m.


For after-hours reservations (after 9pm Thursdays or 10pm Fridays & Saturdays), you'll go to the next door on the porch under the purple light, and ring the bell!

**RESERVATIONS ARE FOR 2 HOUR TIME SLOTS MAX**
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
My wife and I had a great date night at The Maintenance Room! The ambiance of the room is great and flows well with the whole building. Adam and Krista were great from just conversation to the general knowledge of the ins and out of not only The Maintenance Room but the whole building! Highly recommend visiting and we will be going back for sure!
A photo of Yard House - Kansas City, MO restaurant
4.6
4.6 (549)
$30 and under
American
Kansas City
About the restaurant
Yard House is the modern American gathering place where beer and food lovers unite. Known for great food, classic rock, an energetic vibe and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best craft and local beers, each Yard House location offers 100+ beers on tap along with an array of craft cocktails. Our menu features favorites such as our signature Poke Nachos, street tacos, USDA prime burgers, seafood and steaks. Founded in Long Beach, Calif; in 1996, Yard House now spans across the U.S. with over 80 locations and is open daily for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late-night dining.
Top review
mom529
Dined on May 8, 2024
If you plan to eat here before a show at the Music Hall, definitely make a reservation! We arrived for ours at 5:45pm and people without reservations were being told the wait was an hour. The Happy Hour (ends at 6pm sharp) menu has good variety and prices. The pizza was a little skimpy on toppings, the cheese curds were very greasy and the fries that came with the sliders weren't fresh. As we've enjoyed these before during Happy Hour, and they've all been better, we'll try again.
A photo of Granite City Food & Brewery - Kansas City Speedway restaurant
4.6
4.6 (701)
$30 and under
American
Kansas Speedway
About the restaurant
With its warm, inviting, and modern design, Granite City Food & Brewery’s expansive interior features a spacious and comfortable dining room, four-sided modern, full-service bar, as well as an outdoor patio. The on-site brewery, with award-winning hand-crafted micro-brews, is visible from the main dining and bar areas. The restaurant also showcases an open kitchen featuring chef developed, handcrafted made-from-scratch cuisine, including innovative signature entrees, flatbreads and more.

Granite City Food & Brewery’s signature brews, which are made on-site, include The Duke (Pale Ale), The Bennie (Bock), The Northern (American Style Light Lager) and The Stout. Seasonal brews are featured throughout the year.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great time with great people! Food was yummy as always! Thank you for a wonderful experience.
A photo of VOO Cocktail Lounge restaurant
4.6
4.6 (103)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Kansas City
About the restaurant
After a few decades of dormancy, we’ve reimagined and revitalized the former Rendezvous as – VOO Lounge.
Featuring rotaing musicans and performers every Friday and Saturday night, exclusive crafted & curated cocktails
and a fully stocked bar. To see a list of who is performing Friday and Saturday night visit https://www.vookansascity.com/events. Complimentary 2 hour self parking in the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Garage or $15 valet parking available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 27, 2024
Overall good vibe. Womens restroom is not ADA accessible.
A photo of County Road Ice House restaurant
4.1
4.1 (149)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Downtown / River Market
About the restaurant
County Road Ice House is Kansas City's spot to eat world-class BBQ, drink ice cold drinks and hang out in a fun, energetic environment. A joint venture between Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que and Rockhill Restaurant Group, we take pride in being a Kansas City-based concept that incorporates smoked meats with delicious beverages.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Had lunch and drinks prior to matinee performance at the Music Hall
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