20 Kansas City Date Spots To Win The Night

Downtown KC
You could take your date to Rural Grit Happy Hour every single Monday, and you’d still never have the same date twice. The Rural Grit music collective has been playing American roots music in KC for 16 years, and if there’s no act designated on the calendar, members of the group perform with whomever drops in – sometimes with homemade instruments. It also might be the only time you can legitimately promise someone a Hug From Ryan Gosling if they go out with you.
Site: thebrickkcmo.com
Phone: 816.421.1634

West Bottoms
The Amigonis made a beautiful tasting room out of the old Daily Drover Telegram building in the West Bottoms, and six bucks gets you a taste of five wines, many of which come from the tap. That means fresher wine, less landfill waste and special blends you’ll only find at Amigoni.
Site: winery.amigoni.com
Phone: 913.890.3289

Games at Tapcade or Up/Down

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Crossroads/Downtown KC
If small talk over dinner or coffee isn’t your thing, these arcade-bar hybrids are your new go-to. There are about a million beers on tap between the two of them, and the ‘80s-90s nostalgia is strong. When the tokens run out, you can catch a cult movie at Screenland Theater in Tapcade or head upstairs to Up/Down’s awesome patio. 
Up/Down: updownkc.com
Tapcade: screenland.com/tapcade-at-crossroads

Set a meeting point anywhere from the Plaza to the River Market, and hop on a B-Cycle, KC’s bike-sharing program. They’re super easy to rent, and you can ride all day for $7. Pedal along the Trolley Track Trail or Loose Park if you’re south, or check out Cliff Drive Scenic Byway if you’re up north.

Downtown KC
You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the big white arrow that says BEER. The Belfry is a cozy little spot off Grand Street with awesome whiskey cocktails, a good beer list and bartenders who know their stuff. Bonus points: It’s owned by Iron Chef alum Celina Tio, so the food is great, and she does really cool stuff for KC. Case in point: Last year, she tapped a sour blend beer at The Belfry that she created custom with Jolly Pumpkin brewmaster Ron Jeffries.

Cook something together

The date that keeps on giving, because next time, you can cook for each other at home. Learn a new dish at The Sundry downtown (check their calendar for upcoming classes), or check out the Culinary Center of Kansas City’s Friday night classes, which usually have a couples’ theme anyway.

Pack a picnic

Let’s assume you’re having your date on one of the four days per year that KC does not have extreme weather. A picnic is a great idea. Try Loose Park or the lawn at the Nelson-Atkins. Pack local stuff you found at The Sundry, the City Market or Better Cheddar, like Savory Addictions nuts, Our Sassy Pantry's Bacon Jam, or cheese from Green Dirt Farm.

A twist on the movie date 

Do your movie date a little differently at the Boulevard Drive-In (get there early), or a sing- or quote-a-long at Alamo Drafthouse.

Country Club Plaza
Food, drink and atmosphere - you really cannot go wrong at Gram & Dun. Allow us to recommend the Smoking Dun, the Burnt End Mac & Cheese and the Gram & Dun Bar. If it’s nice out, park it on the patio by the fire pits.
Site: gramanddun.com
Phone: 816.389.2900

River Market
This place is French bohemia in the heart of Kansas City. The food and wine are top-notch, but what sets the Frog apart is the staff. You’ll get points for suggesting the place, but watch out or your server might outcharm you.
Site: lefoufrog.com
Phone: 816.474.6060

Yard games at Char Bar

First things first, Char Bar has great BBQ in the heart of Westport, and it’s worth noting they have some great vegetarian options, too. But the real fun happens on their beer garden, which is huge and, just past the firepits, has stuff like croquet, bocce ball and tire swings for grown-ups.
Site: charbarkc.com
Phone: 816.389.8600

Downtown KC
This is an in-demand experience because of the Kansas City history and, of course, the great whiskey. Tours will open up again in September (they close in July and August due to weather), so keep your eye out for tour postings. In the meantime, you could pour your date a Horsefeather – find the recipe on J. Rieger’s website.

Undiscovered patios

These patios are a little bit hidden and a lot quaint and charming. Try Blvd Tavern, Cellar & Loft or Ca Va.

The Green Lady Lounge

Downtown KC
Some of KC’s best jazz talent plays here regularly. It’s always dark and sultry with cozy two-top tables right in front of the stage or big, comfy booths farther back.
Site: greenladylounge.com
Phone: 816.215.2954

Powell Gardens  

Kingsville, MO
The Powell collection of Gardens is an incredible scene in any season. The parks are perfect for a casual, quiet walk or lazy sit. The Heartland Harvest Garden "edible landscape" and Island Garden's "living" wall are the biggest of their kind in the country.
Site: powellgardens.org

You won’t be the first duo to look out over the riverfront. That would be Lewis and Clark. But these days, there’s a nice little sitting area at River Bluff Park on Beardsley Road, or you can try the Town of Kansas Bridge. People have started putting “love locks” on the bridge, a la Pont des Arts – Paris of the Plains, indeed.