Heavy on the sass and camp, the Kansas City outpost of this lifestyle-friendly bar and diner is located in a hard-to-miss purple building on Southwest Boulevard. Though the aptly named burgers (Black & Bleu Boy, Big Johnson) are a huge draw, weekly events like drag-queen-hosted-charity-bingo and karaoke also attract a diverse crowd. The noise level is often high, so be prepared to lean in and shout, or just move the party up to the rooftop patio that overlooks the Crossroads. One of the most popular outdoor drinking decks in the city, it fills to capacity on First Fridays when the weather cooperates.
This neighborhood bar close to the eclectic intersection of 17th and Summit calls itself a gathering place. While the turn-of-the-century brick building houses the main dining room and a small bar, outside there is a beer garden with long picnic tables perfect for big parties or, when it's busy, chance encounters with strangers. The bar prides itself on its unique, seasonal cuisine made with local ingredients and its relaxed, communal feel. An especially good spot for taking out-of-town guests, this urban treasure usually entertains a fun cross-section of Kansas Citians.