As the weather warms up, and especially this year, we all want to get outside. Living in Kansas City has its perks as we have such a great variety all over the city. Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot for a date night under the stars or catching up with your buddies over beers, this list of 16 patios in Kansas City will keep you busy with options. Some of these spots also have you covered with space heaters should a cold breeze blow in, or some snow. It’s Kansas City, so you never know!
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Best Restaurant Patios in Kansas City
Whether you’re celebrating something special or just wanting to enjoy a meal al fresco, these four spots have you covered. Each of them offers great food and a beautiful patio to dine on.
Restaurant at 1900
1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kansas
While this restaurant is technically a toe over the Kansas State line, it’s so close to the Country Club Plaza that I had to include it. The Restaurant at 1900 features modern American fare with French and Italian influences by Chef Linda Duerr.
Fox and Pearl KC
2143 Summit St., Kansas City, Missouri
Fox and Pearl KC is one of my new favorite restaurants in the city. The kitchen uses only an open-fire wood burning hearth to cook all the food. It fills the restaurant and patio with delicious aromas of food and is fun to watch. The patio is a beautifully lit oasis of brick and wood. It definitely needs to be on your list!
The Classic Cup
301 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Missouri
You may recall mention of The Classic Cup from the Best Brunch Spots in Kansas City post. They also have two patios, one in the front and a larger one in the back. You can enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch sitting under an awning or umbrellas. On a sunny Spring or Summer day, you are likely to wait a bit as it’s the place to be.
Gram & Dun
600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri
Another spot on the Best Brunch Spot list, Gram & Dun also has a large patio complete with gas fire heaters. When the weather is nice, the walls of the restaurant open completely to the patio. Sitting right next to Brush Creek, it’s a great spot to unwind over dinner and drinks.
Best Bar Patios in Kansas City
Like any hip town, Kansas City’s beer scene is thriving. With more than 17 breweries listed officially, there are plenty of others right outside KC and a healthy home-brew scene, Kansas City loves its beer. These places offer great selections of their house-brewed beers, while The Well offers beers from across the metro.
7421 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri
The Well is open 365 days a year – so always open for beer. The rooftop patio is a popular gathering spot for beer lovers of all ages. They also have great bar food and a neighborhood bar vibe.
Boulevard Beer Hall
2534 Madison Ave., Kansas City, Missouri
Probably the most well-known brewery outside of Kansas City, Boulevard has been pumping out pints since 1989. The second-story Beer Hall has a balcony patio with a great view of the brewery and downtown KC.
With 20 rotating taps, you’ll always find new and classic Boulevard favorites. Get a flight and try four tiny beers!
1829 Oak St., Kansas City, Missouri
The beer garden at Brewery Imperial is a great place to hang out and try one of the in-house brewed beers. Located in the heart of the Crossroads, music from concerts at Grinders may float over to the beer garden patio. Check out what’s on tap here.
KC Bier Co.
310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, Missouri
KC Bier Co. made quite the splash in the city when it opened in 2014. They were the first German-style beer brewers in KC. They even serve up wurst and pretzels with imported German cheese sauce. The biergarten is open year-round and they offer discounts based on how cold it is.
Best Patios in Kansas City for Games
Who doesn’t want to combine entertainment while you hang out on a patio? Whether you want to challenge a friend or two at pickle ball or watch the Super Bowl outside with half the city, these spots are for you.
Up-Down Kansas City
101 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri
Not only is Up-Down Kansas City a fun place for a date night, the patio is packed as soon as the weather gets nice. It provides some great people watching, open-air space, great beers on tap, and classic arcade games. The people watching is great and games are only $0.25 to play.
4050 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Missouri
It’s a great place to relax or chase your kids around. Round up your crew and get them to Char Bar!
Chicken N Pickle
1761 Burlington, North Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City is home to the flagship (and growing!) indoor/outdoor entertainment complex includes a casual restaurant, sports bar, pickleball courts and a variety of yard games. If you’ve never played pickleball before, Chicken N Pickle will explain the rules and set you up for play.
KC Live Block
13th & Grand, Kansas City, Missouri
Taking up a whole city block, KC Live offers plenty of dining and bar options with a giant open air, heated patio in the middle. If you’ve ever seen Kansas City fans watching football, baseball, or soccer together, it was likely shot here. People come out other times to watch bands, hang out, and catch smaller games on the big screen as well.
Best Patios in Kansas City for Cocktails
Since I am a cocktail blogger, it’s probably no surprise that having a drink on a patio is one of my favorite things to do. Whether you’re day drinking or closing out an evening, these are a few of my favorite spots.
The Monarch Bar
4808 Roanoke Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri
Located on the West end of the Country Club Plaza, you will find one of the most gorgeous cocktail bars in the city. The Monarch Bar is one of my top favorite bars for its drinks and their patio. Hidden from the sidewalk with planters and a sunken feel, you will sip on drinks inspired by the migratory pattern of the Monarch butterfly.
1521 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri
SoT (South of Truman [Road]) is just West of Downtown KC. This cocktail bar makes great drinks but is also very approachable. The back patio is nestled between two brick buildings and you can see some of the street art outside the back entrance. Check their current hours here.
2101 Central Street, Kansas City, Missouri
Sitting on top of the Crossroads Hotel, you’ll find the seasonal rooftop bar Percheron with a great 360° view of the city. While the bar is named for the Pabst Brewery horses (the building used to be a brewery), they also serve cocktails. There’s also plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the view.
Parker at The Fontaine
901 W. 48th Place, Kansas City, Missouri
Another great hotel bar patio can be found on top of The Fontaine on the Country Club Plaza. Serving cocktails and small plates, the patio hosted outdoor igloos this year that are likely to return in the future. During the warmer months, you can sit under the stars next to the pool.
About the Author
Jenn Beard is the founder of Cocktails Away—a collection of adventures in pursuit of a great drink, a quality spirit, a unique ingredient, and the places they come from. When not traveling, she lives in Kansas City. Check out her blog for mouthwatering recipes and insider tips on DIY bartending and cocktail culture or travel to bars around the world at @cocktailsaway.