Firefly Lounge has something for everyone: There is comfy seating for your old friends, an outdoor deck for your smoking friends, a handsomely stocked bar for your high-roller friends, drink specials (even on weekends) for your broke friends, tons of attractive strangers for your single friends, and a rotating cast of the metro's best local DJs to help your fun friends get down. The place is so spacious you can even invite the friends you've met only on Facebook. The former speakeasy even got an easy-to-read sign for the front door, which is good news for your directionally challenged friends.
Two nightlife options are across the street from the old Antioch Shopping Center in North Kansas City: (1) a bumping, strobe-lit nightclub with a 21 in its name or (2) BoJos, a medium-sized bar that generally attracts a much older crowd. With dark-red walls, BoJos feels like a comfortable den during the day (still your kind of place is printed on the menus). When the sun goes down, however, it transforms into a veritable cougar den, with spots at the horseshoe bar filling quickly with members of the 40-plus cohort. On the weekends, when cover bands get the crowd moving, that other club down the street isn't the only place in this neighborhood where cheap beer is guzzled, big hair is bobbing and suggestive dancing is going on.
At this two-story pornoteria in the Crossroads, entrance to the lower level is always $10, while anyone over 18 can check out the "Upper Deck" for free. At the top of the escalator, that well-lit Upper Deck has a huge selection of adult DVDs for both sale and rent, assorted novelties like butterfly vibrators and mint-flavored lube, and 10 video-arcade booths where viewers can choose from 60 straight or gay selections at a cost of $1 for three minutes. Downstairs, in a dim, clean, 150-person-capacity theater, patrons can watch a nude stage show and buy a $15 no-contact couch dance. For those with more money to blow, private booths behind beaded curtains cost $200 for 30 minutes.
Balanca's isn't for pussies. Yes, yes, we know the bar on 18th Street and Grand is LGBT-friendly, and ever-present owner Lori Burroughs makes a lot of references to the pet variety of cats (the bar's phone number is 816-474-MEOW). But theres nowhere to hide in the two-level bar when people are on the prowl, and unpredictable behavior is not out of the norm here. It can get loud and rowdy, like a circus, with Burroughs as the diabolical ringleader to an approving, alternative bunch. Theres almost always something going on: a dart tournament or a DJ spinning trance or jungle music, depending on the night - making the experience seem a little more adventurous than freaky.