4149 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO | (816) 255-3934 | cavakc.com
▸Why you’re here: At Ça Va, every visit feels like a celebration, and that’s just how food and wine veterans Caitlin Corcoran, Howard Hanna and Jim Coley planned it. This hidden bubble bar in Westport evokes joie de vivre with its cozy, romantic vibe taken straight from the streets of Paris. Its divine menu consists of seasonal and classic Champagne cocktails, a sophisticated selection of bottles from Oregon to France, and classic French bites like a Croque Madame and moules frites. Swing by for Sunday brunch and indulge in the mimosa bar, crepes, pastries, quiches and more.
▸Must have menu item: County Cork
Harry’s Bar and Tables
501 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO | (816) 561-3950 | harrysbarandtables.com
▸Why you’re here: Because Harry’s is a Westport classic. Its dark woods, classic decor and large street-facing windows make it feel like a neighborhood British pub where you’re the regular. Other highlights are its late hours (open daily ‘til 3 a.m.) and array of handcrafted and classic cocktails, martinis and extensive scotch and whiskey selections, but the main star is its people-watching perfect patio.
▸Must have menu item: Harry’s Classic Martini
Julep Cocktail Club
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 104, Kansas City, MO | (816) 216-7000 | julepkc.com
▸Why you’re here: Julep’s passion for libations, attention to detail and dedication to hospitality is evident from the moment you walk in the door. The swanky cocktail club pledges its allegiance to whiskey with a floor-to-ceiling wall of globe-spanning whiskeys, scotches and bourbons curated by former Manifesto bartender Beau Williams. Cocktails are artfully crafted and feature a southern flair, as do many a dish on the menu. The New York Times swooned over its decor, calling it a “mash-up of art deco glamour and midcentury modern simplicity.”
▸Must have menu item: A Black Flower