The disparate sounds of softly clinking wineglasses, cheering sports fans, and rhythmic dance beats simultaneously emanate from Kansas City's eclectic entertainment district, Martini Corner. With six locally owned hot spots ranging from Barrell 31, Sol Cantina, and Empire Room to Haus, a German sausage joint with European beers on tap, Martini Corner offers something for revelers of all kinds, including several DJs. (And there's always plenty to eat, with eclectic options such as The Drop Bistro's list of nearly a dozen global takes on bruschetta.) Free parking keeps this thriving neighborhood hub accessible.
Dubbed ?a butcher shop with a great beer list,? by one of its co-owners in a Kansas City Star article, Haus doles out hearty wurst and more than 40 carefully selected brews from around the galaxy. Each day, a local butcher shop delivers classic, gourmet, and exotic sausages, which diners can enjoy wrapped in egg buns from a local bakery and adorned with sauerkraut or caramelized onions. The other half of the menu sates patrons with Belgian-style double-dipped fries, which can be woven into a basket or dunked into sauces such as curry sour cream and sriracha aioli.
You don?t have to book a room at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel At Crown Center to enjoy the gastropub grub and libations at Spectators Restaurant & Bar. Tucked into the hotel?s second floor, the eatery treats both hotel guests and the general public to executive chef Frank Marciniak?s creations. He and his kitchen team craft pan-seared rainbow trout, pork wings, and beer-battered fish and chips. And on special occasions like Father?s Day, Marciniak celebrates with special dishes, such as an espresso-encrusted duck served with raspberry sauce and horseradish mashed potatoes. A small fleet of TVs at the bar plays the latest sporting events so people can cheer for their favorite commercials in between bites. Parking is validated for free for all Spectator's guests.
Sponsored by the ACF Kansas City Chef’s Association, the annual Best of Kansas City Chefs benefit lets guests meet and taste the signature dishes of the area's best culinary masterminds. This year’s food venues—which range from Jon Russell’s Barbeque to the Dark Horse Distillery—satisfy appetites with samples from some of Kansas City’s best restaurants, and pairs of celebrity chefs—including Kevin Gillespie from Bravo’s Top Chef and multiple James Beard nominee Colby Garrelts of bluestem Restaurant—throw down in epic duels between skillets. During the three-hour event, attendees may also participate in live and silent auctions for a chance to win a BeefEater two-burner grill from event sponsor Smoke 'n' Fire—a prize valued at $800.
As patrons cheer for their favorite teams shown on The Landing?s many high-definition monitors, the chefs craft pub classics to help fans celebrate victories and overcome defeats. They smother fries in queso and house-made chili as well as toss award-winning wings in sauce. Local and national musicians fill the pub with rocking tunes on weekends, but even weekday nights feel festive with events such as trivia and poker. Along with a main bar, The Landing accommodates guests with an open-air patio and private spaces that hold up to 40 diners each.