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Widely known as a BBQ town (with the most BBQ restaurants per capita than any other US city), Kansas City, Missouri has a rich history of jazz, trains, and booze (never technically implementing prohibition). Today, Kansas City is thriving with a little bit for everyone. From world-class museums to live music to cutting-edge technology, it’s likely to be a destination on your upcoming conference or meeting list. Luckily for you, there’s plenty to do and see after 5:00 pm!
You have to try the BBQ – there are more than 100 restaurants to choose from! Don’t leave the city without trying a local beer or spirit!
How to Get to Kansas City
The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is the best way to get to Kansas City, although when you land, you’ll be 15 miles northwest of Downtown KC. A new $1.5 B airport is currently under construction and is set to open in early 2023.
If you are planning on exploring, or need to get to multiple locations outside the heart of the city, you should definitely rent a car. There is a 2-mile streetcar loop (set to be expanding) in the heart of the city that is free to ride if you are staying within a smaller radius.
Where to Eat in Kansas City for Dinner
The Parlor // Parlor is a food hall in the Crossroads of Kansas City. It hosts seven fast casual restaurants and two bars. They have plenty of seating, fast and reliable wifi, and two bars for drinks.
Corvino Supper Club // You can enjoy a more upscale side of KC in a relaxed environment at Corvino. With nightly live acoustic music, the Supper Club offers shared plates and amazing cocktails, while the Tasting Room provides you with a high-end chef’s tasting menu experience. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
The Savoy at 21c // The Savoy was built in 1888 and has had a long history as a hotel and restaurant. After suffering a major fire in 2014, it was sold to the 21c Museum Hotels and reopened in 2018. Kansas City now has a wonderful, renovated hotel, restaurant, and (best of all) a bar lined with art that you can explore.
Joe’s KC // Although they have three restaurants, you have to go to the original gas station location. Standing in line, drinking a Boulevard beer, you will have plenty of time to choose your order, but you’ll probably just go with the Z-Man (available with meat or portobello mushroom).
The Campground // If you are looking for a delicious dinner and craft cocktails in a cozy spot, head to The Campground. Featuring live music, artistic decor, and a great patio, you will feel right at home.
Kansas City is very casual. There’s no need to pack anything fancy to go out in after work. You’ll see people in jeans and t-shirts everywhere.
Things to See in Kansas City at Night
J. Rieger & Co. // This distillery offers a beautiful museum and great tours that include the rich history of the company and Kansas City. Tours are $15/person and are available at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm on weeknights (other times are available as well) and include a tasting. If you want to stay later, you can check out the Hey! Hey! Club (a speakeasy) or the restaurant upstairs.
Union Station // Built in 1914, Union Station was renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. With 850,000 square feet of space, there’s plenty to explore in the evenings from permanent to traveling exhibits to a movie theater to dinner at Pierponts.
Green Lady Lounge // Live jazz, 7 nights a week. You will not regret a night spent here!
American Jazz Museum & the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum // Although you’ll need to hustle to see it all in an hour, both museums are open until 6:00 pm. They are located right next to each other in the historic 18th & Vine District of Kansas City.
Also check out:
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm
- Charleston, SC After 5:00 pm
- Charlotte, NC After 5:00 pm
- Kansas City, MO After 5:00 pm