McFadden’s, the hulking sports bar in the middle of the Power & Light District, has benefited from the Kansas City Royals’ postseason run more than perhaps any other drinking establishment in the metro. The bar spills out onto a public courtyard, where fans by the thousands have been gathering to watch the games on a giant projector. Royals players have been celebrating at McFadden’s after home wins, which keeps the party going long after the games; Eric Hosmer memorably dropped
$20,000 on a bar tab for the fans after the Royals bounced the Los Angeles Angels from the playoffs last week. The postseason parties are wherever you want to make them, of course, but the big party is wherever the players are. So far this year, that’s P&L, and McFadden’s specifically.
Approximately 1,000 feet northeast of the Power & Light District is the anti-McFadden’s, a dirty, old, cash-only dive called Zoo Bar. On Wednesday afternoon, a few doors down from Zoo Bar, a man sat in the passenger seat of an early-2000s model Ford Mustang, smoking a thin Black and Mild cigar emitting a dubious aroma. Denny Matthews’ voice wafted from the car's speakers. Every now and then, faint roars traveled over from the watch party at P&L, audible to Zoo Bar patrons sitting close enough to the bar's entrance.