Yardhouse is a popular chain of beer-focused pubs with big booths, bright TVs and a wall of 100-plus taps. Two local branches (The Legends and Power & Light) are the place to go when you want to sample Paulaner and Franziskaner up against local hefes from KC Bier Co. and Boulevard. Various locations, yardhouse.com.
Westport’s Hopcat is powered by 100 taps of every variety of beer you can think of. Of those 100, 30 taps are local brews. Grab a pint and an order of the signature fries, and enjoy the rooftop patio. 401 Westport Road, Kansas City, Mo. 816-656-3439, hopcat.com. Lunch to late daily.
Flying Saucer brings a smidgen of craft beer heaven to the Power & Light District. The lively emporium has a wide variety, whether you’ve got the taste for a kolsch, a double IPA or a sour. You can even become a member of the Beerknurd club to keep track of all the beers you’ve tried there. 101 E. 13th St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-221-1900, beerknurd.com. Lunch to late daily.
Up-Down features over 50 arcade games and 50 beers on tap. Sip everything from a Boulevard to a Deschutes while you battle a friend in skee ball or spend all your tokens on Time Crisis. 101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 816-982-9455, updownarcadebar.com. Evenings to late weekdays, lunch to late weekends.