Kansas City Explodes With 'Power and Light'

Posted November 30, 2009 by Amy Westervelt

MO-KansasCity-Lights-DEF Downtown Kansas City now has more to offer than fountains and jazz clubs. After an $850 million infusion, the downtown Power and Light District is glowing with reasons to visit. From a groovy bowling alley and brand-new brewery to upscale wine and tapas bars, visitors have dozens of choices crammed into eight walkable downtown blocks.

Drink
JP Wine Bar and Coffee House: The casual sophistication of JP Wine Bar and Coffee House, with its cherry wood fixtures, cozy nooks, and low-slung couches, have made it one of the Power and Light District's most popular bars since it opened late last year. Wine flights are affordable, with generous pours of three to four wines for $8 to $20. And if you get hungry at the bar, Mediterranean-influenced snacks ranging from Italian arancini (saffron rice and cheese rolled into balls and fried) to fresh tuna tartar are delicious.

Eat
Bristol Seafood Grill: The second Kansas City location of popular seafood restaurant Bristol Seafood Grill disproves the theory that you can't get good seafood in the Midwest. In addition to exotic fare such as macadamia encrusted Hawaiian opah, Bristol incorporates local flavors with its grain-fed Midwestern beef and whipped sweet potatoes. Entrees range from $16.95 to $28.50.

Stay
Hilton President: The Hilton President seems more like an historical inn than a modern hotel. Offering the best of both worlds, the Hilton President is a brand new hotel occupying a beautifully renovated historical building. Great care has been taken to preserve the 1940s architectural details that make the building interesting, but rooms are as spacious and bright as you'd expect them to be in a new hotel. The President is also right in the middle of the Power and Light District, which makes it extremely convenient. Rooms start at about $169 per night.

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(Photo: Missouri Division of Tourism)

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