Favorite spots for an old fashioned around KC

It’s hard to mess up an old fashioned, so we sought out places with the right vibes to chill with our lowball, high-quality cocktail.

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Cheval’s cocktail game is strong.

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An old fashioned: This simple cocktail is a classic for folks who like a flavorful, spirit-forward drink perfect for sipping slowly. Here are some of our — and your — favorite spots for this timeless beverage.

Our choices

West Bottoms Whiskey Co., 1321 W. 13th St., KCMO | This smoked cocktail pairs nicely with the pre-Prohibition-style parlor decor.

The Ship, 1221 Union Ave., KCMO | This sea-worthy live music staple features two versions, one with maple, and one with mezcal.

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Life hack: Go during the lunch hour to avoid the crowds.

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Drastic Measures, 5817 Nieman Rd., Shawnee, KS | The whiskey packs a big punch, and the twist comes with a hint of apple. Knock to enter.

Cheval, 3940 Main St., KCMO | Go pre-Prohibition style, or try Thicc Cobbler (with cacao washed rye).

Restless Spirits Distilling Company, 109 E. 18th Ave., North Kansas City, MO | Award-winning whiskey (and just the nicest people).

Reader recommendations

  • Goat & Rabbit — Janalee D.
  • Extra Virgin, “Go for the happy hour.” — Tyson S.
  • Libations & Company — Shannon M.
  • Stock Hill — Susan W.
  • Jack Stack Barbecue “features two local whiskeys.” — Jessie Connolly
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