gfv 2:17 pm
6820 W 105th St, Overland Park, KS
It is no accident that this club’s name is one letter away from “douche” and rhymes with “toupee.” Also known as the Midlife Crisis Institute, this place was always famed as a pickup joint for desperate 50 somethings. So imagine my shock when I went there on a random Saturday evening to enjoy a nice stiff Manhattan served with a side of snide comments and laughter at the expense of fashion-impaired cougars and Hair Club for Men clients – and instead I saw a room packed with hip kids in their 20s (along with remnants of the 40-65 crowd). Guess it’s changed a little. The place is darker than Fred Phelps’ soul so as to make the pickup process smoother and more disastrous in the light of day the next morning. However, it’s really kind of swanky in a tacky way, and the drinks are excellent.
*may contain peanuts
gfv 11:46 am
Waldo, next to Waldo Pizza (I’m hungover and I can’t find the exact address right now)
This brand new Waldo bar seemingly sprang up overnight. It may be my new favorite bar. Awesome outdoor upstairs deck with umbrellas, ample, open seating downstairs, and a small back deck if you just have to smoke and the upstairs is packed. Is it a sports bar? Yes. Is it a martini bar? If that’s what you want. Is it a good place to eat? Yep. Whether it’s PBR or fine wine, sports or picking up designer-label-wearing pumas you’re in the mood for, this joint has it. Clientele range from 21-71. I’m going to use my giant vocabulary now to sum it up: This place KICKS ASS.
*not recommended for children under 3
gfv 10:54 am
27909 E. Colbern Rd
Lees Summit, MO 64086
How I ended up way the hell out here I don’t know, but I’m glad I did. What do you get when you combine a bunch of bikers with a jewelry convention? Lake House Pub! This “biker” bar really has something for everyone. Fun, games, fear and loathing, not to mention they introduced me to my new favorite Jager concoction, the Jager Barrel. It’s all a little hazy after that, but I do remember live music, darts and smoking like it was my second full-time job (because you can actually smoke in there, praise Jesus).
*may cause eye and skin irritation