Business is guaranteed for the Stilwell restaurant, located inside downtown’s new Loews Hotel (1515 Wyandotte, St., KCMO). It would have been enough for the space to just be beautiful—and it is, polished and modern with a skyline view. But the cocktails at Bar Stilwell in the lobby and Horsefeather Social, the hotel’s stunning upper patio, are worth trying even if you’re not wearing a conference badge.
The bars have separate drink programs. If you’re at the lobby bar, the New Midwest is the beverage of choice—local bourbon from Tom’s Town is infused with butter and mixed with maple. Up seven floors at Horsefeather Social, while you lounge on patio furniture and watch the curves of the Kauffman Center reflect off the hotel’s sleek glass facade, bartenders are mixing up seasonal drinks that are sunny and summery. At some bars, coconut-infused drinks can taste a little like, well, suntan lotion. Not the CoCo Spritz. The lightly bitter and citrusy flavors of Aperol get a tropical boost from coconut oil, which is combined with vodka and Prosecco for a perfectly refreshing summer drink.