Nightlife in Independence

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A family-owned eatery passed down through several generations, The Beacon Tavern fits right in with the historic neighborhood it resides in. The tavern's owners and proprietors, all of whom still live nearby, emphasize that close-knit atmosphere as they serve recipes made from scratch and meats hand cut on site.

Aromas from double-cut pork chops, north-atlantic salmon, and pale-ale-battered cod fill the air as 16 draft beers and a lengthy selection of reds and whites dazzles palates. A kids' menu keeps energetic youngsters occupied with built-in games and helpful tips for convincing parents why they should be emancipated.

The tavern's main dining room accents steaming plates of food with exposed brick walls and tall wooden booths. In warm weather, The Alley seating area features alfresco dining with sights of the South Plaza neighborhood and mischievous birds dropping gum into the hair of passersby. Meanwhile, parties and meetings convene in the upstairs Monk’s Loft area.

5031 Main St
Kansas City,
MO
US

A rainbow of men's and women's apparel and accessories populates the forest of racks inside Arizona Trading Company, where staffers buy, sell, and trade a thoughtfully curated, ever-revolving stash of gently used threads. They take in modern and vintage attire alike, scrutinizing each item to ensure that no evidence remains of the superhero who previously owned it. Handbags, shoes, and Pendleton flannels neighbor household gear, jackets, and seasonal inventory throughout the fully stocked shop. A smattering of brand-new accouterments, such as sunglasses and jewelry, interrupts the vast spread of lightly worn attire.

501 Westport Rd
Kansas City,
MO
US

For more than 20 years, the chefs at Spirit's Restaurant have been serving up cuisine to match their patriotic location, tucked inside the American Inn. The chefs offer a menu of hamburgers, sandwiches, and hearty entrees such as fried chicken and lasagna. But if you can't choose just one dish from this spread of classic American eats, opt for the buffet. Offered seven days a week, the chefs stock buffet trays with enough comfort food to feed armies of customers all day, every day, excepting, of course, the hours that they're closed or find themselves mysteriously transported to an alternate dimension.

1211 Armour Rd.
Kansas City,
MO
US

Shane Hampton knows that grandmothers always know best. So when he felt a little nervous about going to cosmetology school, he only needed to look back on and remember the passion his grandmother, a lifelong hairstylist, had for the job to remember that beauty is in his blood. More than eight years later, he is still sharing his family’s desire to help others feel good about themselves. As a color specialist and master stylist for men and women, he cuts, colors, and styles hair, helping create a confident being below the strands. And, to ensure that newfound confidence comes without sacrificing hair health, he favors products from Unite, Davines, and Ref, which are all free of sulfates and margarine.

315 Westport Road
Kansas City,
MO
US

Property Location
With a stay at Clarion Hotel Sports Complex in Kansas City, you'll be minutes from Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium. This hotel is within the vicinity of Starlight Theatre and Kansas City Zoo.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 168 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a sauna, and a 24-hour fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, an Internet point, and a computer station. Planning an event in Kansas City? This hotel has 6000 square feet (557 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Self parking is available onsite.

4011 Blue Ridge Cutoff
Kansas City,
MO
US

At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.

Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.

Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.

2450 Grand Blvd
Kansas City,
MO
US