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Bar Spotlight: Martin City Brewing Company

Mondays-Saturdays, 11-1:30 a.m.
@ Martin City Brewing Company 500 E. 135th St. (map)
Kansas City South Kansas City
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In the 1920s, Martin City (the area surrounding 135th Street and Holmes) was a hub of activity. Catering to approximately 250 residents were a dance hall (above the dry-goods store), a men's gun club and a basketball team. Today, the south Kansas City community is home to Suburban Lawn & Garden, Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue and Beadz Galore. One of Martin City's newest businesses, the Martin City Brewing Company (500 East 135th Street, 816-268-2222), brings a cheery atmosphere, a full menu, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The beer selection — 18 drafts on tap and more than 50 different bottles — focuses on craft brews and small-batch choices (including Rogue, Lagunitas and Arcadia). "We'll have our own beers in the near future," server Josh Stazen says. The bilevel tavern and restaurant also serves cocktails, and its signature beverage is the Polar Ice Cap, a vodka-based lemonade drink served in a glass made of ice. (An MCBC-imprinted glove comes with the drink to prevent numbness.) The place is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. On Wednesdays after 3 p.m., the specials are $5 glasses of wine, $3 off all wine bottles and $1 off all whiskeys. 

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Bar Spotlight: Californos

Tuesdays
@ Californos 4124 Pennsylvania (map)
Kansas City Midtown
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Bar Spotlight: Californos

Californos (4124 Pennsylvania, 816-531-7878) is nestled just south of Westport Road amid shops, restaurants and other bars. The warm and inviting place is well-known for its self-declared "restaurant redefined" status, and it even serves as a wedding-reception venue. The wood-and-brass bar is just a few steps from the front door, and the liquor assortment is vast, with a cocktail menu and a wine list that change with the seasons. Most nights of the week, Californos hosts live music: live reggae on Fridays, the occasional jam band on Saturdays and house music on Sundays (Sunday Solace with DJs Trevor Shaw and Sasha Tru). There's usually an open-mic night on Mondays, except for every third week, when the Opera Dinner takes over. And on Wednesdays and Thursdays, singer-songwriters typically perform. Californos is slightly upscale but not intimidatingly so. Happy hour goes from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and features $2 off appetizers, wines by the glass, and Boulevard Wheat and Pale Ale pints.

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