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🥃A neat guide to happy hours
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Rye so sad? Get glad with these happy hours. | Photo by @rye_kc
It’s about time we talked about KC happy hours, folks. No matter if you’re grabbing a quick beer after work, on the hunt for some discounted bites, or just want to have a chill hangout while going easy on the wallet, we’ve got this round.

Here are 24 places around town pouring the best deals right now in the City of Fountains — so drink up and be merry.

Keeping spirits up

Harry’s Country Club | Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. | From London to Kentucky, you can travel the world in a copper cup with this River Market spot’s international $8 mule selection.

Goat & Rabbit | Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.-close | This 39th Street bar always has something exciting on the menu (City Editor Maddie suggests the Vincent Van Goat) — especially with $2 off local spirits and house cocktails.

Hungry for meal deals

Bricks Pub & Grub | Tues.-Sat. 3-6 p.m. | It’s a Lee’s Summit “extreme” happy hour — $4 small bites (drooling over the pretzel bites + cheese) paired with equally priced pours.

Westport Cafe | Daily 4-6 p.m. + 10 p.m.-close | This French bistro offers discounted wine + beer alongside its upscale selection of small bites.

Mocktail Musts

Outta the Blue | Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. | Leawood’s breezy beach cafe has discounted coffee, tea, and N/A versions galore of classic cocktails. Blue Hawaiian (without the headache), anyone?

Wild Child | Sunday, all day | This James Beard nominated bar offers its full + zero-proof drinks for 30% off to hospitality, healthcare, education, and social services workers.
 
Asked
 
I am most proud of my city’s…

A. Bubbling craft beer scene
B. Delicious distilleries
C. Mocktail masterpieces
D. Vines and wines
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 10
  • Mid-West Men’s Fashion Week | Friday, May 10 | 6-10:30 p.m. | Audi Shawnee Mission, 6601 East Frontage Rd., Merriam | $40-$60 | Your ticket gets you access to a runway show featuring 48 runway looks, plus an open bar.
  • Birds and the Bees | Friday, May 10 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St, Kansas City, MO | $20 | The Mid America Freedom Band’s spring concert focuses on birds, bees, babies, and rebirth.
Saturday, May 11
  • Mamas and Masterpieces Mother’s Day Picnic | Saturday, May 11 | 12-3 p.m. | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO | $37-$42 | Celebrate Mother’s Day with a glamorous picnic in the park including bites, bevs, and painting.
  • Lenexa Art Fair | Saturday, May 11 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Lenexa Civic Campus, 17101 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa , KS| Free | This outdoor fair features some of the region’s best fine artists, live jazz music, food trucks, and a tasting event featuring local wine, craft beer + spirits.
  • Jazz + Jackie 2024 | Saturday, May 11 | 8-11 p.m. | Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., KCMO | $50-$100 | Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Kansas City ties with a soul-stirring concert by five-time Grammy Award-winning songstress, Lalah Hathaway.
Sunday, May 12
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News Notes
 
Weather
  • Planing to spend Mother’s Day in the sun? You might want to move any afternoon activities inside. The National Weather Service predicts a rainy afternoon for the metro on Sunday, May 12.
Development
  • KC’s five o’clock paradise is getting closer everyday. Vacation Village’s Margaritaville resort reached a major construction milestone: the first panel of the six-story building’s top floor has been placed. The next step? Placing the jumbo frozen daiquiri station. Just kidding, but we wish... (Kansas City Business Journal)
Arts
  • The Nelson Atkins is auctioning off one of its Monet masterpieces next week. The “Moulin de Limetz” is expected to fetch anywhere from $18 million to $25 million at Christie’s in New York. The proceeds will be used to acquire other pieces for the museum. (Kansas City Star)
Biz
  • After closing its Corrigan Station space, WeWork is keeping its Lightwell location. The co-working giant cut a new lease with landlord SomeraRoad, the developers behind the West Bottoms project. (Startland News)
Cause
  • Local nonprofit Kids Feeding Kids is partnering with local high schools to prepare up to 1,000 free take-home family dinners. The program teaches kids about food waste + sustainable practices and builds empathy for peers affected by food insecurity. (Startland News)
Eat
  • Retro car-themed burger joint Sickies Garage now has an opening date for its debut metro location (7111 W. 95th St.): Monday, May 27. The brewpub’s menu will feature 50 kinds of burgers, wings, and boozy milkshakes. (Kansas City Star)
Wellness
  • Match with a licensed therapist on Betterhelp and talk anytime, anywhere — phone, video, or text. Get 25% off your first month.*
 
 
Holiday
 
Mother’s Day ideas that aren’t just brunch plans
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A few of our favorite ways to say “thanks.” | Photo via Pexels
Listen, we’re not knocking brunch — but not all moms are made the same, and neither are all Mother’s Day activities.

Need an out-of-the-box idea to move up in the favorite child ranking this year? Look no further than these three giftable experiences.

Mother’s Day Organ Concert | Saturday, May 11 | 3 p.m. | Kauffman Center, KCMO | Free | If your mother is musically inclined, enjoy a listening tour from around the world with Grammy-nominated organist Jan Kraybill.

Mommy Issues Variety Show | Saturday, May 11 | 7 p.m. | The Bird Comedy Theater, 103 W. 19th St., KCMO | $20 | This comedy show is billed as perfect for anyone who is a mom, has a mom, or knows a mom. Hint, hint — that’s you.

Mother’s Day GEHA Field Tour | Saturday, May 11 | Times vary | 1 Arrowhead Dr., KCMO | $136+ | While season tickets may be out of budget this year, a tour of their favorite team’s hallowed ground may be a perfect touchdown.
 
The Buy
 
This bestselling cordless table lamp. No cord means it’s ideal for outdoor lounge areas and patios — the rechargeable battery lasts up to 48 hours per full charge. Snag it in black, antique brass, or brushed nickel.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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Madison
From the editor
I know it’s common practice, but I’m always sad to hear when any well-known artwork leaves the Nelson’s collection. The one piece I hope they never sell? My childhood favorite: John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Cecil Wade. Maybe it’s the intricate blue gown or the piece’s stunning size — it’s just beautiful.
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