Monday, June 3, 2013

Manifesto & Harry's named to Esquire's Best Bars in America

Esquire loves Harry's Country Club and Manifesto.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

One of the best bars in America is apparently in your backyard.
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Esquire likely doesn't drink in Kansas City often, but when it does, you can rest assured that Manifesto and Harry's Country Club are on the to-drink list. The lad mag (that gives one respectability simply by placing it on the nightstand) named both KC bars to its list of the Best Bars in America of 2013.

At Harry's, they recommend a Thomas H. Handy rye on the rocks and understand that this is a bar where one can tend to the serious business of drinking:

It's a busy place, unpretentious but not divey (for that, tell your cabdriver to take you to Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club at 3402 Main Street), with good food (the usual stuff, with a Mexican bent), hand-burned country CDs on the jukebox, an ungodly number of whiskeys, and bartenders who can explain what's in every bottle.

As for Manifesto, Esquire points you to a Jackson Co. Democratic Club cocktail (rye, luxardo, yellow chartreuse, lemon, and orange bitters) and discovers that even a speakeasy can't escape our Midwestern hospitality:

For a place with all the modern cocktail-bar trappings - back-alley entrance, basement digs, posted rules of deportment, drinks with abundant house-made trimmings, and lots of sherry, mezcal, and obscure Italian amari - Manifesto isn't a place that makes drinkers feel trapped by its trappings. It's lively. Jolly, even. (The entrance is around back in the alley; reservations are recommended.)

Whether you agree or disagree, I suggest you have this debate over a cocktail of your own.

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