The clock can strike Happy Hour at any time for any reason, and luckily Kansas City responds with gusto. Got a reason to get out there already? Need a reason? Either way, we'll help you pick your poison.
I need a happy hour because...
...I'm meeting a date
Go for something cozy but lively with easy access to what’s next, whether that’s a movie, a show or just goodbyes at the car. Even better if you can share small plates.
Nara has surprisingly good views of Downtown and a cool urban chic dining room. There’s specials on sushi and food Monday through Saturday from 3-6 pm and 10 pm to close. On Mondays, split a bottle of wine half price starting at 3 pm, or a half-priced bottle of sake on Tuesdays. Wednesday is Ladies Night and Thursday features half-price specialty martinis as well.
Providence New American Kitchen (Drum Room)
No surprise if these dishes pop up on your feed with a #datenight, because they are colorful and beautifully plated. Try the Glazed Pork Belly or one of the other $4 apps, paired with a $3 Boulevard Wheat, $5 glass of wine or $6 cocktail.
There’s arguably no better patio for drinks than Trio's. Beautiful on the inside and outside a perfect view of the Plaza lights goes well with the Mac Daddy with a $3 beer, $5 martini or $4 wines by the glass.
The new spot on the Plaza (it took the place of Republica) has a top-notch "Social Hour" from 4-6:30 pm. Grab a sloppy joe and a $5 Moscow Mule, or try a fancier route with some asparagus toast and $5 wines.
Julep takes the charm of a dark, smoky cocktail lounge of old but makes it new. Whiskey is the way to go here, with $5 old-fashioneds, whiskey sours, manhattans and sazeracs Monday through Friday from 3-6 pm. But there are also deals on wine and beer, and 25 percent off whiskey, so have it your way.
Gram & Dun
Le Fou Frog
The mussels and charcuterie are outstanding, and wine is only $4.50 a glass, Tuesday – Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm Great for a date, but no shame if you want to keep this Kansas City gem all to yourself.
The Jacobson seriously commits itself to the important 3-6 time period with daily "Mingle Hour" specials, including Mingle Mondays, Wine Wednesdays and Flask Service and No Corkage Thursdays.
...I just got off work.
You need a simple, no-frills place where you can come as you are.
The Peanut will always be there for you when you need it, because it knows what’s important. Before Prohibition was repealed in 1933, it was a speakeasy. This is now your old reliable neighborhood watering hole, and happy hour is 4-7 pm Monday through Friday.
Ollie’s has your back with a deal called the Workingman’s Friend: a beer and a shot for $4.99 will help the workday seem far in the past. They also have handcrafted cocktails for $5.99.
Harry's Country Club
The dark interior and vintage wall décor feels pleasantly old-timey, and you should make yourself comfortable, because there’s a vast whiskey and beer list to read through. Happy hour is 3-7 pm every weeknight and 11 pmam - 7 pm on Saturday.
Hi Dive Lounge
West 39th Street
When you’re exhausted from making big decisions at the office, order a mystery beer from Hi Dive’s canned beer machine. You get what you get. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but it’s always $2.50. Daily happy hour deals include $3 wells and half-off half orders of wings, tacos and egg rolls from 4-6 pm
Anton’s is a destination for meat lovers, and their happy hour menu has plenty to sample, including the Carpaccio, roasted bone marrow and a sausage of the moment. Six rotating beer taps and a tap of the week are each $3, and house red and white wine are $5 a glass, Monday through Friday 2-5 p.m and 10 - close.
The Tank Room
Three-dollar Tank 7. Not that more needs to be said, but you’ll also appreciate the laid-back vibe and the art-laden walls. Happy hour is 4-7 pm, and if you stick around, there’s usually an open mic night, live music or comedy going on.
...I'm hosting friends from out of town.
Seek out the locally owned spot near other cool Kansas City landmarks or districts. Bonus points if there are national accolades to brag about.
You can casually mention that Port Fonda has been covered in GQ and New York magazine and mention its humble beginnings as a food truck. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3-6 pm Bonus happy hour is Thursday from 9 pm to close, and 10 pm to close on Friday and Saturday.
Cleaver & Cork
Power & Light
Whether you want your pals to experience P&L on a weeknight or a weekend, there’s a happy hour for you. Get $4 draft beers, $5 wines and $6 barrel-aged cocktails Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to midnight.
Artsy and nationally renowned but totally down to earth, Extra Virgin has one of the best happy hours in KC. Share half-price tapas and a bottle of wine, or get your own – all wine and cocktails are $2 off from 4 - 6 pm.
Downtown (Union Station)
There is no more iconic way to do happy hour than on Pierpont’s “patio” in Union Station’s Grand Hall. Their lounge menu is pretty good, with low prices on house wine, Boulevard beer, cocktails and food like beef short rib poutine and sliders.
One of our favorite places in Kansas City. Great patio, and GREAT barbecue. For happy hour, they’ve got quite the lineup of Throwback Beers (think Busch Light, Miller Lite, Hamm’s and Schlitz) for $3, plus $4 fries and pork rinds, and $5 fried pickles and cheesy hushpuppies. Enjoy this comforting comfort food lineup from 3-6 pm Monday through Friday.
...because tomorrow is Monday
Don’t worry. Sunday Funday awaits.
Your Monday Eve bad mood cannot last long with $10 bottomless Bloody Marys, $3 domestic beers and fun menu items like the Teenage Mutant Bacon Burger and Dawn of the Poutine. As always, $5 gets you an all-you-can-play wristband.
Okay, this isn’t quite a traditional happy hour, but Sunday brunch 11 pmam to 3 pm goes really well with Voltaire’s “Eye Openers,” like the Whisker Licker (bourbon, curaçao, lemon, wheat beer and egg white) or The Clubhouse (VSOP calavados, black tea, lemon, sugar and bitters), all $6-8.
Happy hour is seven days a week here, from 3-6 pm and again from 10 pm to close, which is midnight on Sundays. Good luck answering your alarm in the morning. All alcohol is 20 percent off, and the popular margherita and marinara pizzas are $6.
...I'm watching sports
Lots of TVs are a must, as is plenty of room to surround yourself with friends or distance yourself from rival fans.
This place is deceivingly large, so you can bring the whole team. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3-7 pm, which gets you $1 off draft beers, $3 off select apps, and most pizzas are $11.
A true neighborhood dive; you can tell people have been bellying up here to watch their teams through the good times and bad. There’s free popcorn if you have the stress munchies, and they’ve got MLB and NFL packages. Plus it’s literally almost always happy hour – Monday through Friday, 11 am to 7 pm.
Charlie knows how to ramp up to a big weekend game. Nightly specials start with Bud and Coors Lite on Monday and Tuesday, transition into deals on craft beer, bomb shots and wine by Thursday, and end on Friday with Fireball shots. Pace yourself.
The patio is a well-known popular spot, and happy hour is Monday through Friday 3-6 pm, and Sunday from 9 pm to midnight. You’ll find deals on local beers and wines, plus Three Olives cocktails and half off all appetizers.
Disclaimer: This happy hour is for you if you’re watching hockey, specifically. You will find fans of every team here, and you can talk trash over $2 domestic draws, wells and tall cans every day from 3-7 pm.