Let’s be honest…when you think summer, you think of sitting on a nice deck or patio with good friends, food and drinks. To satisfy that desire, Kansas City seems to have an ever-growing list of amazing places to do just what your summertime-self has been dying to do for so long. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best rooftop bars and patios to enjoy in the city!
O’Dowd’s Little Dublin
This authentic Irish pub located on Country Club Plaza has traditional Irish and standard bar fare, live music, and a gorgeous rooftop deck. Enjoy the view, the weather, and the beer.
Website | 4742 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO
Westport is the hub of nightlife in Kansas City. It offers an array of bars, nightclubs, and other events that are appealing. If your’e looking for a rooftop bar you haven’t tried before, look at Hop Cat. The franchise just opened not long ago on the corner of Broadway and 43rd and is already known for their amazing outdoor space.
Website | 401 Westport Rd, Kansas City, MO
The Well is right in the heart of the Waldo area. While the humble establishment offers an array of cocktails, beer, and lunch options, it wasn’t until the recent warm days that drew me to them. Their rooftop bar gives you the opportunity to enjoy lunch in the rays or wait until Happy Hour (3-7 pm) during the weekdays.
Website | 421 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO
If you’re craving Thai, Aep’s seasonal menu is a faithful representation of Thai cuisine. Stop in this weekend for an unforgettable meal and one of their masterfully crafted cocktails on their rooftop.
Website | 1815 West 39th Street, Kansas City, MO
Let out your inner kid at Up Down. With over 50 arcade games, an extensive craft beer list, and a gorgeous outdoor space on their second level overlooking the Crossroads District, Up-Down is always hoppin’.
Website | 101 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO
John’s Big Deck
John’s Big Deck is a locally owned and managed bar and grill operating out of an historic building between the River Market and Power and Light. Enjoy casual grill fare, live music, and a rooftop bar at this colorful three-story tavern.
Facebook | 928 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO
There’s no better place than Teocali for after work drinks. The relaxing atmosphere, impressive tequila list, and authentic Mexican cuisine are just a few reasons to visit the quaint restaurant. Just walking distance from Crown Center, Teocali is waiting for your to head upstairs to enjoy the day on their cozy rooftop.
Website | 2512 Holmes, Kansas City, MO
Westport Ale House
A fun sports bar with 20 televisions, 5 projectors, 40 rotating beers on tap, and a spacious rooftop. Don’t worry about missing the game if you wanted to be outside, their rooftop patio has 7 big screens over its 3,000 square feet and a lounge area to kick back and relax in.
Website | 4128 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
Sushi, anyone? The local chain was voted the best sushi in the Kansas City area and for good reason. Sensational sushi and other Japanese cuisine will satisfy every appetite and their eclectic cocktail menu is. The restaurant doesn’t boast just one award, they’ve won over 20 including 435 Magazine’s Best Rooftop Bar! It sits right in the middle of Kansas City, located in the Power & Light District.
Website | 14 E 14th St, Kansas City, MO
Gram & Dun
Gram & Dun brings culinarily-driven fare, while paying special attention to pairing food with libations. It’s a place “for the people” where we can relax and enjoy the neighborhood vibe while we test theories of food, drink and the evolution of good times. Gram & Dun also has one of the most recognizable patios and bars in Kansas City, sitting right on the plaza.
Website | 600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City MO
The Westside Local
If you’re looking for something super low key and discreet, The Westside Local is the place to go. It is located in Westside Kansas City, off 17th and Summit. I love this area of town for its quaint shops and delicious farm-t0-table restaurants! The patio here is great for meeting up with old friends for a cocktail or two.
Website | 1663 Summit St, Kansas City, MO
“Canned beer bar with great food, great beer and one hell of a patio.” The Brickhouse is located at Union Hill in the Martini Corner complete with a killer patio, beer bar and bocce ball just beckoning you to come in. Their goal, in fact, is to make sure the Brickhouse is your favorite happy hour location.
Website | 400 E 31st St, Kansas City, MO
Trezo Mare is located in Briarcliff Village, an Italian-influenced restaurant with a great patio. It’s perfect for happy hour, intimate dinner dates or friendly group meals with those you love most.
Website | 4105 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO
The Jacobson is located in the heart of Kansas City’s old Crossroads Art District, a place KC Magazine says “If Picasso or Rembrandt wanted to grab a bite in KC, the food and atmosphere at The Jacobson would make them feel like they were back in front of an easel.”
Website | 2050 Central St, Kansas City, MO
“Pure urban sophistication.” That’s one way to describe the hip and glamorous mix of great food with signature martinis, blended with a splash of elegant jazz that is Cafe Trio, located just off the plaza. Five nights a week, some of KC’s most respected entertainers provide a rich music program that floats throughout the restaurant and into the adjoining Starlet Lounge where an extensive list of fine wines, beer, cocktails and our own specialty martinis awaits.
Website | 4558 Main St, Kansas City, MO
Chicken N Pickle
Chicken N Pickle is a chef-driven, casual eatery & bar with pickleball courts, shaded beer gardens and backyard games. Located in North Kansas in the River Market, Chicken N Pickle has a perfect view of the KC skyline and the games make it the hotspot for younger, older, and family groups.
Website | 1761 Burlington St, North Kansas City, MO
I hope to see you out there this summer, Kansas City! There’s no time like summertime to kick back and reeelaaxxx.