As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Each of the wines on the shelf in Cellar Rat has been vetted by the staff—nothing is sold to the public unless the staff would drink it or use it as a substitute for milk in cereal. The resulting more than 800 wines, 70% of which are less than $20, make for tasty everyday and special-occasion beverages, as do the number of premium spirits and handcrafted brews stocked alongside the wine.
Cellar Rat’s vino experts do more than just discern the difference between good and bad wine; they also teach others how to do so during wine classes that delve into the intricacies of tasting. They even make pairing suggestions for the artisan cheeses, gourmet cured meats, and pate also sold in the boutique shop.
Quintons Waldo Bar’s lively atmosphere ripples with sound waves from local DJs and greets noses with the savory aromas that waft from the pub’s sandwiches, soups, and salads. Each of the menu's three famous reubens ($8.99) splashes sauerkraut, melted swiss, and thousand island dressing across corned beef, turkey, or pastrami, creating a tastier hand filler than a fistful of stamps, and the T.A.C. ($8.79) populates bread borders with avocado- and cream cheese-capped turkey. Potato-and-bacon wedges sail across creamy soup ladled into cavernous bread bowls ($4.50) and the Chicken Fiesta salad ($8.99) brims with tortilla chips, fresh avocado, and chopped chicken breast sided with homemade salsa and ranch dressing. Tykes can choose to order kids’ menu classics such as grilled cheese or PB&J ($4.99) without the crust, placating picky eaters and ravenous trash compactors alike.
Born of a union between Sports Radio 810 WHB and the restaurateurs at KC Hopps, Ltd., 810 Zone marries sports spectatorship with scrumptious sandwiches, burgers, and Kansas City barbecue. Gamblers can down a grilled salmon club at the Harrah's casino location or enjoy pizza at the Lee's Summit Zone, before a trip to the tables or before trying to pass off burgers as poker chips.
Burgers reign supreme at Ott's. Peruse the extensive menu for specialty selections such as a hickory burger or a Texas burger (topped with chili, cheddar, and onion bud), both of which are available in 1/3- and 1/2-pound sizes ($7.99 for 1/3 pound, $9.69 for 1/2 pound). "Ott" dogs, prepared with Black Angus beef, offer an upscale take on the ballpark classic. Try the original Ott with lettuce, tomato, and pepper relish ($6.29) or the Spanish Flyer with chili, nacho cheese, and scallions ($7.29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon, opt for a garden salad with eggs, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar, scallions, and bacon ($6.59). Sandwiches and barbecue bites round out the menu.