The dog days of summer! Kids are going back to school, the lazy, carefree days at the pool are dwindling, and it will soon be time to roll out the fall cozies. Until then, you’ve still got time to soak up the summer sunshine with countless happy hours and imbibing at KC’s local patio hot spots. Whether you prefer a low-key bar and grill, a swanky space to sample the latest mixologist concoction, or a romantic winery for a fancy date night, KC Destinations invites you to enjoy our patio offerings across the metro. Belly up to the bar before summer runs out!
*KC Destinations ALWAYS recommends responsible drinking and NO driving! Call the Uber--it’s so much safer for everyone!
Smithville, MO - Ladoga Ridge Winery, 100 E Pope Lane
For a relaxing destination nestled in the rolling hills of the Smithville countryside, visit Ladoga Ridge Winery and find a table on their sprawling patio. With scenic overlooks of Ladoga’s vineyards and the farms beyond, this winery is the perfect spot for a relaxing evening out or a gorgeous place to watch the sun set! Ladoga Ridge offers various Missouri wines along with wine slushes that make the perfect summer drink.
Lansing, KS - The Groggery, 800 N Main
Daily events and drink specials, the Groggery building was renovated and opened in 2018, with a new, large patio area. Look for the new cornhole league starting this month! Open until 2 am, 7 days a week. Sundays may vary.
Kansas City, KS -- Taco Republic, 500 County Line Rd
Sit back and relax or play a game or two at Taco Republic’s patio where you can listen to just-right music while sipping on your favorite beverage and eating street-style tacos. This laid-back, original style taqueria brings guests a diversity of flavors from Mexican streets and marketplaces. Drop by for social hour Monday to Friday from 4-6pm for specials on food and margaritas!
Shawnee, KS - Nick & Jake’s, 22220 Midland Drive
New to Shawnee, Nick & Jake’s offers top notch, classic American dishes and drinks. Always popular and always tasty, their Sunday Brunch is a sure hit. Nick & Jakes patio offers a stunning view of the hills of northern Shawnee and with a fireplace and tons of seating, it’s open all but a few weeks of the year! Happy Hour ranges from 3-6 P.M. and 9-11 P.M. with food specials and a $5 cocktail menu!
Merriam, KS - Bilski’s Bar & Grill, 5831 Merriam Drive
Just a block from I-35 and IKEA sits Bilski’s in Merriam. A great little bar who will treat you like family, this spot offers a great deck out back to enjoy the outdoors while you drink and dine. With specials Monday through Friday, there’s always a nice sipper to enjoy. We recommend the 360 peach mule---a refreshing drink on a warm summer evening.
Overland Park - Cocobolos in Prairiefire, 5621 W 135th Street
A local cantina with a street-view patio that always has great vibes, Cocobolas is known for “loud food and spicy music.” Cocobolos offers prime people-watching and event seating for everything happening at Prairiefire, the premier shopping, dining and entertainment district in South Overland Park. Bring on the unlimited chips & salsa, and take advantage of happy hour Mon-Fri 2:30-6:30 and Sat-Sun 2:30-4:30. Taco Tuesdays are a big hit, with $2 tacos and $3.50 Mexican beers.
Olathe, KS - The J Bar Terrace at the Embassy Suites, 10401 S Ridgeview Road
The J Bar Terrace is an outdoor rooftop patio in Olathe, known for mixology and tasty small bites. Visit on a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy live music on the patio from 6:30-10pm. The peeps at the Olathe CVB recommend the Skinny Jeans, Summer Sangria and the new old fashioned! https://thejbar.com/olathe/
Gardner, KS -- Planet Sub, 921 E Lincoln Lane
Who needs take-out when you can enjoy a Planet Sub sandwich on the outdoor patio. Planet Sub offers a great place for a quick bite and a beer, or a happy hour with friends after work!