USA Today is the latest entity to discover Manifesto. The travel section named the Kansas City speakeasy to its '10 Great Places to Have a Drink Underground.'
There's not much about the drinks, but the ambience gets high praise from Brian Ellison, president of Death's Door Spirits:
Step back in time at this subterranean bar with dark hallways, candlelit bar areas and bartenders dressed with '20s' panache. "It's really a funky little space," Ellison says. "It definitely feels like the Prohibition era, when you're going into a speakeasy and you're being hidden from view."
There is something cozy and welcoming about drinking in a cave (maybe the hobbits were on to something). If you're worried that you'll be sharing one of your favorite haunts with the equivalent of summer vacationers, there are two other subterranean spots (well known locally, but not on the national radar) within easy driving distance of Kansas City.
O'Malley's 1842 Pub, once used for Prohibition bootlegging, has been rightly restored to its natural purpose — getting you toasty while listening to Irish tunes, in Weston. The bottom cellar is 55 feet below the Weston Brewing Co., and once you enter, you'll find it hard to leave.
Manifesto isn't the area's only speakeasy. The Cave nightclub beneath the Oread in Lawrence is a four-story maze with a little bit of a hidden entrance (a small circular sign that says, "CAVE," points out the entrance on the west side of the building). The dance floor is (of course) sunken, but first you'll pass a wine, shot and cocktail bar. It's a sleek set-up that combines black light and inlaid seating in a dance club that is unlike the standard college bars off Mass Street.
Anyone got another favorite local watering hole that's beneath the ground?