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Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

National WWI Museum

Enter this impressive modern museum on a glass walkway over a field of red poppies, the symbol of the trench fighting. Through detailed and engaging displays, learn about a war that is almost forgotten by many Ameri…
Top Choice Modern American in Kansas City


Multiple-award-winning Bluestem has a casual elegance that extends from the bar to the dining room. Many stop into this Westport star just for a fine cocktail and some of the small plates of exquisite snacks (the ch…
Top Choice Jazz in Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation

Near 18th and Vine in the Historic Jazz District, this former union hall for African American musicians has hosted after-hours jam sessions since 1930. Famous veteran musicians gig with young hotshots. It's friendly…
Top Choice American in Kansas City

Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange

One of KC's most innovative restaurants is housed in what was once a humdrum 1915 vintage hotel in the Crossroads Arts District. Today it's been spiffed up to match the creative fare on Howard Hanna's seasonal menu…
Museum in Kansas City

College Basketball Experience

Really a gussied-up basketball hall of fame, this fun memorabilia-filled exhibition lets you try free throws or pretend you're an announcer calling them. It's connected to the glitzy Sprint Center, a vast arena in …
Top Choice Bar in Kansas City


A wildly popular new bar-cum-playground just south of downtown, Up-Down caters to the kid in everyone with an array of games from pinball to video. There are huge decks and great music. The superb tap-beer line-up i…
Top Choice Barbecue in Kansas City


KC has a new top dog in BBQ. This slick joint has fab service, great microbrews and easily the best meats to come off a grill in the region. The spare ribs are the best we've had and the burnt ends are so good, they…
Top Choice Museum in Kansas City

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

This museum covers African American teams, such as the KC Monarchs and New York Black Yankees, that flourished until baseball became fully integrated. It's part of the Museums at 18th & Vine complex.
Museum in Kansas City

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Giant badminton shuttlecocks (the building represents the net) surround this encyclopedic museum, which has standout European painting, photography and Asian art collections.
Barbecue in Kansas City

Arthur Bryant's

Not far from the Jazz District, this famous institution serves up piles of superb BBQ. The sauce is silky and fiery, the staff charming and witty. Get the burnt ends.