By Caitlin Stephens
1. The Brooksider
Definitely check out the B-Sider on Thursday nights. Why? Dollar beer night! Good food, great patio, and, if you’re up for it, head down to the ‘Boom Boom Room’ to show off those dance moves. The party continues on the weekends with cover bands and your favorite sporting events shown on the 71-inch plasma TV. Minutes away from campus, The Brooksider is at 6330 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64113.
2. Dueling Piano Bar
This Westport piano bar is sure to get you singing all night long with drink specials five nights a week that keep your pocketbook full, including the ever popular dollar wells and draws on Wednesday nights. Also, talented house pianists know every song in the book. So bring your favorite list of tunes and plan on singing the night away at Ernie Biggs in Westport at 4115 Mill Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.
3. The Foundry
The Foundry is the perfect place to push that Bud Light aside and try some new brews. With over 100 beers brewed in the Foundry itself, you’re sure to find something that fits your fancy. This retro bar nestled in between McCoy’s and The Riot Room will get you dancing all night with fun throwback jams. Find The Foundry at 424 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111.
4. Kona Grill
Looking for a late night fresh food and drink mix? Kona Grill on the Country Club Plaza offers a fantastic reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday. Enjoy Kona’s Ladies Margarita for $3.50, Cosmopolitans for $4.50 and Bud Light and Miller light drafts for $3! Hunger pains? Kona has it covered. Your favorite sushi rolls are only $3 a plate! Visit Kona Grill at 444 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64112.
5. O’Dowd’s Little Dublin
Irish jig yourself on down to O’Dowds Little Dublin on the Country Club Plaza for live music and drink specials every night of the week. Make sure to hit up the power hour from 9 to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday for great specials on wells and domestic bottles. O’Dowds is at 4742 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64112.
By Michelle Penton
Classes have started and almost all the first year students are enjoying their freedom away from home thus far.
So now that you’re away from home, what is there to do with your time outside of studying? Most of a student’s daytime hours are occupied with class time and studying. So, what can be done during the late night hours in Kansas City?
In other cities there seems to be little entertainment for the youngsters, but there’s plenty to do in this big city. Here are five recommendations:
1. Club Sweat
Club Sweat is the place to go when you like to party, dance and have fun. Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30 p.m until 1:30 a.m, this club offers music, a fun atmosphere, and a mature crowd for the 18 and older age groups.
Club Sweat is at 3101 Gilham Plaza. The cost is $10. Specialty costs include: females, before 10 p.m, enter for $5, males and females before 10:30pm with college IDs enter for $5.
2. Orlando’s South
For those of you who enjoy the night life, here’s another night club for your enjoyment. Orlando’s is at 126 S. Claiborne, Olathe, KS.
The hours of operation are Wednesday through Thursday from 9 p.m until 2 a.m.
3. 810 Zone
810 Zone is a sports bar and grill. This is for those who aren’t into partying or maybe are just a sports fan and would like to enjoy a nice chill spot along with some tasty food. Admission is open to everyone until 9 p.m, and only ages 18 and older are allowed to enter. This restaurant opens everyday at 11 a.m. except Saturdays. It opens at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, and stays open until 12:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday it’s open until 1 a.m. On Sundays it closes at midnight. It is right on the Plaza at 4686 Broadway.
4. The Cheesecake Factory
If you are not already familiar with The Cheesecake Factory, here’s a brief introduction- it is a restaurant specializing in cheesecakes. They serve other foods such as pizza, steaks and salad. The Cheesecake Factory is open to everyone: families, couples, friends, etc. Monday through Thursday, they open at 11 a.m and close at 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday, they don’t close until 12:30 a.m, so if you are bored on campus one late night, but not really in the mood to party, head down to The Cheesecake Factory. It’s right on the Plaza, not a long walk or drive. The location is 4701 Wyandotte.
5. Westport Coffee House
Here’s a place for entertainment and relaxation. If you don’t like to party all the time, but want to fight the boredom you sometimes feel late in the evening, Westport Coffee House seems to fit that category. It’s open to all ages, with live performances and occasional poetry, comedy and theatrical events. This coffee house serves coffee, tea, smoothies and sandwiches. There is even free wireless internet available. How cool is that? Its hours of operation are Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m-11 p.m, Friday: 8 a.m-midnight, Saturday: 10 a.m-midnight, and Sunday: 10 a.m-10 p.m.