North Kansas City is shaping up into a new and interesting entertainment area.
Located just 5 minutes from downtown, North Kansas City was known as a mostly industrial area, but is now becoming a place where beverage businesses are booming, finding space plentiful, rent reasonable and its central location appealing.
Now, all you have to do is travel just a few block off Burlington Road, and you’ll find an area of North Kansas City where several new breweries, distilleries and bars have set up shop and are ready to welcome visitors.
So, the next time you find yourself headed out for a drink with friends, consider heading north and stopping in to visit any of these six new drinking spots.
Colony Espresso & Beer Company opened their doors last year ready to pour great local coffee, beer they make themselves and handcrafted cocktails. They serve pastries from Scratch Bakery, but not full meals. Instead, they encourage you to order from any of the local restaurants and have it delivered, or you can simply bring in your own food from home. Enjoy a drink of your choice in their social surroundings. They also host fun pairings events like a Girl Scout cookies and beer pairings, with cookies for sale to benefit the Girl Scouts of America.
312 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.800.4699, www.colonykc.com
Velo Garage & Tap House
Velo Garage and Tap House serves bike, and beer fans, alike. They are a full service bike shop and tap house. Stop in after a ride and enjoy a cold beer in their taproom, with around 10 selections from several local breweries, or grab a cup of coffee from Maps Coffee Roasters, while you wait for the folks at Velo + to assess the repairs you may need. Velo Garage and Tap House is also home to the VeloWagon, KC's only mobile bike repair and beer bus. The VeloWagon has four beer taps to serve ice cold beer, that is available to book for your next event.
1403 Swift Street, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.491.8174, www.facebook.com/velogaragekc
Cinder Block Brewing
Locally owned, Cinder Block Brewery is a small craft beer brewery dedicated to developing unique, high quality, artisan beers and ciders. These guys have continued to develop some craveable beers and ciders while serving them on their beautiful outdoor patio or in their spacious tasting room where they are happy to serve you a flight of their beers, so you can sample them all before making your decision on a glass. You are guaranteed find something you may want take home in a growler before you leave. No food is served, but food trucks regularly pull up to sell their grub to those willing to line up outside.
110 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.298.6555, www.cinderblockbrewery.com
The Big Rip Brewing Company
A growing brewery that opened in May 2013, The Big Rip was founded by two friends who caught the beer and wine making bug years ago and decided to start a brewery together. Their goal is to create unique beers that appeal to both beer-nerds and people new to craft beer. Their taproom is decked out like a local clubhouse featuring 6-10 of their beers on tap, local wine and a full bar that includes their homemade root beer that they suggest you pair with local SD Strong Vodka that they infuse with vanilla beans. They do not serve food, but Hawg Jaw Que & Brew is located right next door and is happy to deliver food over to the taproom.
216 E 9th Ave, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.866.0747, www.bigripbrewing.com
Chicken N Pickle is a chef-driven, casual eatery & bar with pickleball courts, shaded beer gardens and backyard games. They proudly serve wood-fired rotisserie chicken rubbed with herbs or spices, that you can enjoy along with a handful of comforting sides – like cathead biscuits, spicy slaw and smoky baked beans. A full bar serves beer, wine and cocktails to those who are playing, or simply watching the game play. Chicken-N-Pickle delivers an all-inclusive experience that combines entertainment, sports, food and drinks in the most delightful way.
1761 Burlington, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.537.1400, www.chickennpickle.com
Located directly across the street from Cinder Block Brewery, and right next door to Chicken-N-Pickle, is the home of Kansas City’s first distillery specializing in making an Irish-style whiskey. Restless Spirits Distilling opened their tasting room and distillery in North Kansas City last year, and owners Benay and Michael Shannon are proud to show off their 6,400-square-foot space, which includes a tasting room, traditional copper pot still, mashing, laboratory, event space and barrel room. They have produced a delicious vodka, gin and 100% Irish Whiskey called the Sons of Erin, in addition to a blended whiskey called Irish-American Stone Breaker Whiskey, but over St. Patrick Day weekend they officially released their first Padraig's Rebellion Poitin.
109 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.492.6868, www.restlessspiritsdistilling.com