Although the instructors at Old Town Ballroom are happy to teach traditional waltzes and seductive tangos to couples, they also specialize in more unconventional styles. Belly-dance imparts the fine art of hip undulation and of strapping tap shoes to one’s stomach, and Korean hip-hop fuses American b-boying with martial-arts-inspired choreography. Group and private lessons are available, allowing guests to pick their desired level of attention from the instructor. The staff also rents out its airy 3,000-square-foot space for parties. Renovated in 2011, the performance space is anchored by light wood floors and flanked by a lounge area. Up to 200 people can celebrate with a night of dancing, billiards, or converting leotards into giant slingshots.
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.
Bullfrogs Live Comedy separates itself from its less jocular siblings, Bullfrogs Live Sports Bar and Bullfrogs Live Dance Club, by presenting audiences with esteemed comedians and stepping back to listen to the crowd's cackle cacophony. Comics woo chuckles from throats and chocolate milk from noses every Friday and Saturday night with a mix of stand-up acts, such as cynical PJ Walsh, prop-coveting AJ Finney, manic Claude Stuart, and more. Jeremiah Bullfrogs Live lubricates its comedy congregation with daily drink specials, an outstanding bar-and-grill menu, and an easy-going atmosphere, perfect for catching up with friends or reading obituaries. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.
A fully equipped and elegant entertainment space, aVenue Banquet Hall hosts corporate lunches, wedding receptions, holiday parties, and more. The five-hour shindig rental comes with the set-up and breakdown of tables and chairs, as well as the sound system's DIY DJ-friendly outputs for an iPod or wireless microphone. Party planners can invite up to 80 people, or 50–60 if opting for a dance-floor setup. Open catering and DJ policies let clients design custom theme parties such as a Hawaiian luau, sock hop, or I'm-glad-we-escaped-that-volcano celebration. Plentiful seating and hardwood floors proffer a solid foundation on which to build a classy wine tasting or a stirring seminar on the difference between stirring often and stirring frequently. Carousers can opt to rent linens, glassware, and silverware for an additional charge. The venue's alcohol policy requires that all alcohol be purchased from Auburn Spirits, which offers discounts for aVenue renters.
More than a decade ago, a moose with azure fur wandered into a Prairie Village bar and became a regular, sipping on spirits and chatting up locals. This tall tale about the founding of Blue Moose Bar & Grill might not be exactly true, but it does evoke the laid-back vibe of the eatery's two locations, inside each of which a crazily grinning moose head overlooks the dining room. Brews babble from taps as chefs whip up pub fare with creative twists—fusion-inspired chipotle remoulade bedecks crab cakes, and sliced pickles sizzle in house-made beer batter till they reach a crispy, golden hue. The Overland Park location invites local musicians to fill the air with tunes each Friday, and the Prairie Village restaurant hosts art fairs, seasonal wine dinners, and other events throughout the year. During warmer months, both Blue Moose locations extend dining service onto spacious patios or mobile booths carried by passing bison