Most Inventive Cocktails : Start your evening at The Drop with an edible cocktail — think of it as the Jell-O shot’s older, more sophisticated cousin.
Best Historic Bar : Drink at Kelly’s Westport Inn , and you’re drinking in the oldest building in Kansas City. Don’t forget to raise a toast to Kansas City history.
Best Irish Bar : Irish culture lives at O’Dowd’s Little Dublin , where Guinness is on tap and several varieties of whiskey line the bar.
Best Lounge : Pulsing music and a sleek interior have made the Mint Ultra Lounge a favorite drinking-and-dancing destination in Union Hill’s Martini Corner District.
Best-Dressed Crowd : Unassuming bistro by day and gay club by night, Bistro 303 serves up delicious cocktails and some of Kansas City’s most beautiful people.
Best Bar in a Museum : While you enjoy your cocktails, take a look at the in- table memorabilia displays and impressive indoor mural dedicated to local jazz culture at The Blue Room , located inside the American Jazz Museum .
Best Live-Music Venue : Built specifically for live-music performances, Crosstown Station improves on the typical small-venue concert experience.
Best Live Jazz : Relax with Kansas City’s official music during any of Jardine’s mesmerizing jazz performances.
Most Iconic Nightlife Venue : If you can stay up late on Saturday or Sunday, you’ll be rewarded with impromptu — and sometimes infamous — jazz jam sessions at the Mutual Musicians Foundation .
Best Cocktails : Celebrated local mixologist Ryan Maybee and his team of experts serve up the unexpected at Manifesto , a tiny, hard-to-find bar that’s worth the effort.
Best Wine List : If you can’t decide on a selection from the extensive wine list at JP Wine Bar & Coffee House , opt instead for a regional sampler featuring some of the world’s premier wines.