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20 East Fifth Street, 816-423-8036
4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 4 p.m.-close Sunday and Monday
Walking into the Zen-like confines of Bo Lings is instantly calming. The cool stone and polished concrete inside the local chain's City Market location is so soothing, you almost forget the hustle and bustle outside. The happy-hour deals simply add to the good fortune. Skip the oolong tea and go for $2.50 domestic or $2.75 import bottles, $2.50 23-ounce Bud Light or $3.50 23-ounce Boulevard Wheat drafts, $3 wells and $5 Absolut martinis. Glasses of wine are $2 off. To soak up the liquor: generous servings of crispy eggplant, edamame, seaweed salad or crab rangoon for $4.50. Buddha up to the bar, or sit in the dining room or on the patio.
Fitz's Blarney Stone
3801 Broadway, 816-753-4949
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
Legend has it that one can attain the gift of gab by kissing Ireland's Blarney stone. At the bar of the same name, verbal eloquence isn't guaranteed, but a strong case of logorrhea before noon is likely. The luck of the Irish comes to Broadway for late-morning drinkers, when the Blarney Stone opens and the specials begin. Get $2 PBR drafts, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2.75 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $3 wells, $3.50 imports and $4 calls, along with lottery tickets, keno cards and conversation with the locals (some of whom have been coming to this corner bar for 25 years, according to one of the daytime bartenders). It's no-frills but friendly and relaxing. Bring your own breakfast or lunch, see who's not the father on Maury and drink beer — just like at home. It's the pot o' gold at the end of a midtown rainbow.
Lucky Strike Lanes
1370 Grand, 816-471-2316
3-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Power & Light District drinking establishments sometimes cancel happy hours when large-scale events hit the area. But Lucky Strike isn't one of those places, making this cool, dark bowling alley and lounge a fine place to decompress before a concert or after work, with a $3 domestic draft or Lucky Arnold (made with Jeremiah Weed and lemonade). You don't have to bowl to get the half-price treatment on cocktails and martinis, $3.75 mac-and-cheese bites and $5 pizzas. Instead, you can take it easy on one of the plush sofas that sit away from the balls and pins. Suitably reclined, you can order a Garter Belt (Patrón XO Café, dark crème de cacao and cream) or a Cucumber Smuggler (Hendricks, Cointreau, muddled basil and cucumber). Add $3.25 fried zucchini, and you can temporarily blot the Sprint Center from your brain.
616 Ward Parkway, 816-931-7811
2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday
Google the name of this Plaza bistro and bar, and the word beatnik comes up. To quote Beat-generation writer Joyce Johnson: "Suburban couples could have beatnik parties on Saturday nights and drink too much and fondle each other's wives." Things don't get quite that turned around at Re:Verse, but it's not hard to be saucy while the sun is still out, with $5 glasses of red and white wines, flirtinis, mojitos, chocotinis and the place's signature rose-water martini. Small plates such as flash-fried calamari, Yucatan pulled-pork sliders, and pita pizzas also are $5. Domestic bottles are $2.50, and Boulevard drafts are $3.50. The late-night happy-hour particulars vary slightly, but what does that matter to you, Daddy-O?