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
On weekends, F?tbol Club Eatery & Tap opens at 7:30 a.m.?an unusually early time for most restaurants known for a healthy array of beers on tap and a pub-like atmosphere. But their hours reflect the F?tbol Club's primary passion: to champion the game of soccer at all levels. Surrounded by fellow fanatics and a head-spinning array of soccer memorabilia, fans flock to F?tbol Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch English Premier League games live and nosh on breakfast burritos or biscuits. Domestic soccer is also a big hit, as F?tbol Club often fills to standing-room-only during Sporting KC soccer matches.
Not to be left out of the soccer theme, the menu boasts items such as the Beckham Burger and Buckminster's balls?baked dough garnished with garlic butter and parmesan. When not transfixed by the soccer action on the indoor TVs, guests can head outdoors, where a large porch lets guests air their cleats out in the breeze. F?tbol Club donates 1 percent of all proceeds to local youth soccer clubs.
Spurred by a drive to instill children with a love for the arts and to build their self-esteem, professional actor Miles McMahon helms an array of educational programs at Theatre of the Imagination. He and his staff of local theater lovers build on more than 2,000 successful children's theatrical productions through creative summer camps, acting and performance classes, special workshops, and birthday parties for performers in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Miles writes a completely new work for each class and camp, using the script to immerse students in a cooperative, creative environment while freeing them from the pressures of lead roles, auditions, and autographer's elbow. Staff members can also conduct Movie Star Acting birthday parties, where they shoot a short film with the birthday child as the star.
Tanner’s Bar and Grill suppresses sports-loving stomachs with its menu of tantalizing pub fare and cold brews. Kick off consumption with an appetizer such as the full order of Lots-O-Nachos ($7.99) or a half-order of mozzarella sticks ($4.49). Entreewise, Tanner's deep-fried charred jumbo wings ($8.99 for 10) prove that the chicken crossed the road only to tame your taste buds, while the one-pound Maniac Cheese Booga ($10.99) places a bunk bed of hamburger patties alongside a strewn-about toy chest of fries. Meat mavens can also nosh on a pulled pork sandwich ($7.49) or filet mignon ($19.99) before further exacting dominance over dairy animals with ice cream ($1.79).
Each of Cinetopia's locations adds a touch of luxury to the movie-watching experience, accenting stunning, lifelike projections of blockbusters with fine wine, a selection of local microbrews, fresh market-to-table cuisine, and plush, cozy seats.
At the newest Overland Park location, movies in the GXL theater light up a 75-foot wide, super-high-definition screen equipped with high-tech sound systems like Dolby Atmos and Meyer EXP. Up to 300 guests fully recline in its plush, oversized seats, which are steeply banked to maximize visibility. The living-room theater cultivates a more intimate atmosphere with full restaurant service and comfy leather seats, while the new movie parlor imitates a celebrity home screening room with its cozy "cuddle couches" and its top-of-the-line digital 7.1-channel surround sound. 18 LED screens dance with themed animations to complete the immersive experience.
Patrons can order food made fresh in Vinotopia and wine from waiters and dine during their movies. Viewers can also eat before or after in the on-site restaurants, where live musicians often serenade diners on weekends with tunes such as "I Love You Just The Way You Are (Full of Food)."
Much like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a disused building, Overtime Sports Bar & Grill came to life in the shell of a former bar. After completely gutting the space, the new owners set to work remodeling for an opening heralded by media such as the Kansas City Star and the Pitch. They constructed a custom 30-foot granite-topped bar and a custom walk-in tap room, and filled the floor with tables ready to welcome an entire platoon of rowdy guests. Today, behind that custom bar, bartenders pour more than 50 draft beers?including several brews by local Boulevard Brewing Co. and Free State Brewing Co. A casual pub menu compliments the drink list with entrees ranging from burgers to customizable mac 'n' cheese to grilled tilapia. Fulfilling the pub's sports-centric identity, three projection TVs and 36 flat-screen TVs cast guests' upturned faces in the gentle, victory-filled glow of live events from leagues both near and far.