It's A Date: Ideas for outings that you'll both enjoy

Whether you are a new couple, or a married pair trying to maintain the romance, date nights are an important part of any relationship. Check out these ideas for an outing that matches your style.

Girls' Night In: Have fun, update your wardrobe with a clothing swap party

Clothing swap parties have become increasingly popular in these tough economic times, and according to a few local women, the parties are as easy and affordable as they are fun and fashionable. 
Lauren Hodgson says she first heard of the parties through a friend and was interested in hosting one herself.

Dive In: Small places, big fun

After a week climbing out of bed and into dress pants and business-casual heels every morning, it can be refreshing to let it all hang out at a bar where no-frills drinks are cheap and strong, the pool table and jukebox are the main attractions, and jean shorts and flip-flops are acceptable attire.

For Adults Only: Booze-infused indulgences

Do you suffer from decision paralysis when it comes to deciding between an after-dinner drink or a dessert? Do you balance between overindulging and allowing yourself a treat?

Take it outside: Best places to imbibe on hot summer nights

Summer patio season is upon us, and Kansas Citians love to eat, drink and laugh under an open sky, ideally with an attentive server close at hand. The following locales are among the metro’s best places to bask in the sun or chill under the moonlight with a sweating glass at your elbow on most any day of the week. 

Glamorous Life: Hotel nightclub blends art-deco style with lounge vibe

Kansas City’s newest nightclub, Hotel, recently opened its doors at the corner of 13th and Grand in the Power & Light District, and since then curious patrons have made their way past the velvet ropes and discovered that stepping onto Hotel’s black-and-gold lacquered floors is like stepping back to a more luxe and decadent period in KC’s not-so-distant p

Worry-free fare: Calorie and carb friendly dining options

Eating out and eating healthy aren’t often synonymous. For those of us who are trying to keep our resolutions and are looking forward to spring and summer’s lighter fashions, it’s often tough to find a restaurant that meets our needs for staying or getting slim while still having a great meal.

Something new: Unique places for a bachelorette party

During the madness of wedding planning, the bachelorette party stands out as an oasis of calm for the bride-to-be. It’s the one thing that she doesn’t have to organize, and it’s a chance for her to spend quality time with her girlfriends — as well as show off Kansas City to out-of-town guests. Rather than doing the typical drunkfest (i.e.

After-work diva: Let your hair down, sing your heart out

The magic happens on a small stage raised a few inches off the floor in the corner of the bar. As the current song comes to a close, your heart rate quickens because you know your turn is next. You make your way up to the podium, your fingers tightly grasping your cocktail for a little extra liquid courage during the upcoming instrumental breaks. 

Eine Kleine Nightcap: Encores you can sip

Curtain call doesn’t mean the night is over just yet. Thanks to a plethora of drinking establishments near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a post-concert cocktail is an easy grace note to an evening of inspiring music and performance.

Braving Black Wednesday: Suggestions for meeting friends the night before

For many, the night before Thanksgiving is a time to seek refuge with old or far flung friends at a local drinking establishment. Finding the right balance of great cocktails, food and atmosphere can be a struggle, but there are many great options for having a drink, a bite and great conversation. Here are three of our favorites:

Dinner and a Show

In the spirit of arts immersion, why not select your pre-show restaurant based on the performance you are about to see? Think of it as the perfect blending of culinary and performing arts.

Lyric Opera’s Turandot
: Persian Princess Turandot forces suitors to answer three riddles to win her hand.

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