One of the first spots to open in downtown’s new Power and Light District, McFadden’s Sports Saloon is an enormous Irish-themed bar and restaurant. Events at the Sprint Center — conveniently located across the street — tend to dictate the demographics, but the nightly scene is consistently crowded, inebriated and energetic. One employee told us that the place has to reupholster and re-secure the booths and tables every week because of dancing patrons. Not for shy types, McFadden’s requires patience (for the long wait at the bar) and a pot o’ gold (for the pricey drinks).

Restaurant Details

One of the first venues to open in Kansas City’s Power and Light District, McFadden’s is an Irish-themed sports bar and restaurant created by the New York-based East Coast Saloons chain. It's a big space – more than 6,000 square feet – and it gets more noisy and raucous as the night goes on. Women in high heels tend to rip the booths when they climb on tabletops to dance – that’s when McFadden’s is more about boozing and babes than burgers and wings. The menu has a couple of “Irish” entrées to keep the Celtic theme kosher: shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and ale-battered fried fish served with curried chips. The best-selling dishes, however, are traditional bar fare: mini cheeseburgers, bigger 8-ounce burgers (including a veggie version), Reuben sandwiches and a surprisingly faithful take on the classic Philly cheese steak.

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Price: $-$$
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash

Parking: Garage


Reservations: Not Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties


Attire: casual, but no do-rags, jerseys, chains. Baseball hats may be worn, but only forward or backward.


Extra Info: Parking garage below the building (H&R Block parking); accessible at 14th and Wyandotte. Validation available. For private parties, call 913-645-3320. Kitchen stays open until around 9-10 p.m.

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