The Best KC Bars and Restaurants for 2023

New Year, new you — and new bars and restaurants to try around Kansas City.

With much anticipation, the 2023 year is finally upon us. And the month of January is known for shining a spotlight on the diverse culinary scene that is Kansas City during KC Restaurant Week.

Let’s explore some hot, new places set to open in KC this year and revisit some of the classic spots that are so nice you have to try them twice.

What New Bars and Restaurants are in Kansas City?

2023 is an exciting time to be an avid restaurant-goer because there are many new places to visit. Whether you’re craving a traditional pint of Irish beer or some responsibly sourced seafood, Kansas City has the restaurants and bars for you.

KC Hooley House

Kansas City’s entertainment district is getting a new Irish pub with a modern twist.

KC Hooley House will open in early 2023, taking over the previous Irish pub, The Dubliner, in Power & Light. It will serve elevated American classics and a modern approach to traditional Irish favorites.

The new pub will feature a large dining area with space for live music from local and regional acts. There will also be a second bar and lounge area where KC Hooley House will offer a unique small plate menu with an extensive and entertaining craft cocktail experience.

The venue will give guests two completely different concepts to enjoy under one roof. It’s well-positioned within the KC Live! Block and will be open in time for March Madness and the NFL Draft.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill

Joining in on the fun of the entertainment district, Blue Sushi Sake Grill will open in early 2023 at the corner of 14th & Walnut St. in the heart of Power & Light.

Designed to satisfy your sushi fix in a fresh and fun new way, Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes and premium cold sake. The menu is complete with a mix of traditional and inspired:

  • Sushi
  • Signature sashimi
  • Nigiri
  • Japanese-inspired entrées
  • Gluten-free options
  • Vegan lifestyle
  • And more

With over 18 locations in and around the central U.S., Blue Sushi Sake Grill has picked up a few fan favorites, such as the:

  • Coconut Crab Soup
  • River Rock Beef
  • Brand’s signature Tuna Tower

Enjoy daily specials and celebrate Sunday Funday with all-day Happy Hour in the Sake Bomber’s Lounge.

New Flavors Headed to KC Restaurant Week

What better way to sample your way through the trendiest bars and restaurants around the city than KC Restaurant Week?

A week full of delicious foods and sudsy drinks offers the perfect opportunity to taste Kansas City’s culinary staples. Savor and save with special multicourse menus at several notable new participants this year, such as:

Old Favorite Bars and Restaurants around Kansas City

Do you know that old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”

All over the Kansas City area, you’ll find restaurants and bars that have been around 20+ years and are thriving. There are even some that haven’t been open for more than 5 years and have already solidified their names as some of Kansas City’s greatest.

Below, rediscover some of KC’s finest dine-ins and bars that you just have to go back to: 

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

It’s pretty well-known that Kansas City is the spot for the best barbecue in the U.S., if not the world. But, there may not be a more frequently argued topic than which spot in KC reigns superior.

Almost no one can deny that Jack Stack is a top contender.

From the fire-kissed wings to all that the family-style ‘cue has to offer, we wish you the best of luck in picking out your favorite dish. Arrive for the hickory-smoked prime rib and stay for the Big Pig sandwich.

Johnny’s Tavern

There’s no wonder Johnny’s has 13 locations in and around Kansas City. With the slogan, “Serving up Tradition,” Johnny’s has been around since 1953 and has no plans of going anywhere.

Their pizza and wings are legendary, and their appetizers are fantastic. You got to try their specialties like the:

  • Fried pickles & jalapeño caps
  • Tavern espinaca
  • ’78 Classic burger
  • Street tacos
  • And more

Plus, you can split a pitcher of beer for a good price.


Located in the heart of the Crossroads, Society is an art-driven restaurant, bar and event space with “a sophisticated edge.”

This unique restaurant welcomes all for special events weekly, such as:

Society’s menu is just as diverse as the events and art in the restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for some seafood or ordering bottle service, Society has it all.

The Peanut

A rich history seeps through every brick and mortar of The Peanut structure, dating back to its early years as a speakeasy during Prohibition.

The Peanut has served the Kansas City community since as early as 1933. Dishing up all of your favorites — burgers, sweet potato fries and street tacos — The Peanut is a hit.

If you’re looking for a lively sports bar environment, then this is the place for you. And, if you do stop by, don’t forget to order wings for the table. You won’t regret it.

Westport Ale House

Westport Ale House is considered KC’s #1 sports lounge. With more than 50 big-screen TVs, incredible daily specials, a fully stocked all-season covered patio rooftop and a massive bar, what doesn’t Ale House have?

The football season is winding down, but the playoffs are just about to begin, and March Madness is right around the corner.

Expect large crowds for big sporting events. Whether it’s the Chiefs Kingdom cheering on Mahomes and the boys or the college football fanatics supporting their alma mater, Ale House gets bustling with people. And, enjoy delicious foods and specialty drinks while you’re there.

Other Classic Bars and Restaurants in KC

It’s hard to cover all of the amazing eateries you’ll find around the city. But, here are just a few of the many you’ve probably been to but need that nudge to try again: