Passport to Explore KC

The only adventure last weekend was our winning volleyball team!  We took 1st place in the tournament, drank a lot of beers, turned Stephanie’s niece into a mermaid, and I got a sun burn…all while wearing our Faded Days Shades! J  

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Since you can only say so much about a volleyball tournament, let’s talk about the Passport Program!  You guys have seen a few posts where we have been out and about at some fun and interesting places over the past few weeks.  We have the Passport Program to thank for this!  30 places around town participated in the program where you could get 2 for 1 drinks.  Some places were flexible and you could order any cocktail and some were more specific.  Here is where we ended up:

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Drunken Worm: Starting the night with tequila is always a good idea!!  I had the habanero pineapple tequila and soda.  It tastes like hot tequila.  Next up I ordered mango tequila and pineapple juice, but I’m pretty sure I got a mystery drink instead since it was red.  At least it tasted good!  Andrea enjoyed the 39th Street Paloma-which she dubbed delicious and noted:  “hard for me to find one outside of Georgetown that I like and this one was delish.”  She also had the piñata and the name was way better than the beverage.  It was super sweet!  Steph had the spicy matador and the spicy pickle shot.  The spicy pickle shot was easy shooting but room temp.  Chill it yo!  Kristi had 2 random cocktails and quickly remembered that tequila is not her favorite either.  If you are a tequila fan, then go and check it out…tiny dive bar atmosphere with lots of choices.  If you are like us and prefer to leave tequila in Mexico, then this is a place to skip!

MO Brew:This place was a breath of fresh air.  It has great beers and such a fun atmosphere!  We ordered our first round and let our waiter pick our second (his idea).  Andrea and I found new faves-Steel Toe Milk Stout for me and Big Rico Russian Imperial Stout w/Coffee and Chocolate (try saying that 5 times real fast).  Kristi and I enjoyed the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter which is always a favorite!!  Steph had the Wayward Pines and Urban Chestnut Winged Nut.  The latter is not too heavy and very drinkable.  She would totally get it again!  

Jax Fish House:You might remember this from when we celebrated Mariah’s birthday.  The strawberry lemonade was the clear favorite-so sweet and refreshing!  Definitely dangerous!

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CaVa: The special was either the sparkling or the still rosé …some tried one, some tried both…we all loved it!  #RoséAllDay  

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Doughnut Lounge: The Doughnut Lounge offered one choice and it was the Slow Jamz cocktail.  You could choose either vodka or bourbon to mix with espresso and milk for this drink.  My notes literally just say: “Vodka was good.  Bourbon not good.”  So there you go.

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Il Lazzarone: We went to this place after MELTING at Chipotle Cultivate Festival.  Starving for some good food-we decided to check out this place for the Neapolitan pizza.  The choices were local beers…hooray that this included Boulevard!!  Also on special was the lemoncello and orangecello.  I don’t think Robyn was a fan of the orangecello.  It tasted like very strong orange cough syrup.  Overall we were underwhelmed by this place.  The food was just okay and the atmosphere was boring.  After we ate it was time to head to Harry’s Country Club which is always a fun time!!

Harry's:  Harry’s was packed and did not disappoint.  We met some friends there and really enjoyed the excellent Moscow mules!!!  I would go back for more of those!  

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District Pour House: District Pour House is known for house infused liquors and amazing cocktails.  2 for 1 at this place is a great deal!!  I had the Apricot Mule and Chihuahua (greyhound with pineapple and jalapeño infused vodka).  Of the 2, I enjoyed both and would order both again!!  Steph had the District Old Fashion with brown sugar and pecan and the Dirty Spice.  She reported that both were excellent!  Don’t forget the Strawberry Basil Cocktail. It seems to be a crowd favorite to those of us who can’t consume a glass of gasoline, aka Old Fashions

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Toms Town: Tom’s Town is also known as The One with the Gandy Dancer!  We all loved the Gandy Dancer-a strawberry and mint cocktail.  Andrea loved it so much that she named her special birthday necklace after it!!  Steph tried the Tom’s Town Dirty Martini and noted that it was better than the one at District Pour House because it had a floating layer of ice on top!  Kristi, Andrea and I stuck to safer drinks including Pinky Blitz (always sounds good, but is just okay and it is NOT pink!) and the Bootleggers Bellini (which is delicious).   

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Snow and Company: Kristi definitely won at Snow and Co.  Her Cloud 9 was the clear favorite.  We also tried Miss Scarlet, The Rockefeller, Elphaba, Sunshine Boulevard, The Limey Bastard, and Sailor’s Gold (The menu notes that “you may not find booty but you won't care.” He, he!).  I noted that Ace of Base was playing when we walked in!  Overall this place is a cool concept, but nothing really stuck out as a drink that we have to return to get again.  

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Amigoni: We all started with the rosé which was light and the perfect after work drink!  After that, I had the Urban Cépages which was a good transition from rosé to red with a light body and good finish.  Kristi had the Urban Drover because of the history of the winery.  The building is the old Daily Drover Telegram Newspaper in the Stockyards District. It was a full bodied spicy red that was a tough transition at first, but by the 2nd sip a definite winner!  Steph had the Urban Vaquero because....vaquero!  This sweeter wine had a definite Spanish flare.  I think Andrea was spending time with her husband or something weird this night so her back up Andrea filled in!  

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Voltaire: Voltaire has a swanky old school bar feel.  Old Fashioned's for Steph and Cody.  Stockyard Fix for the rest of us.  The clear winner was the Stockyard Fix.  It is a delicious cocktail made of vodka, carrot, ginger, lemon and celery bitters that is dangerously good!!  Plus it's healthy because of the carrot, ginger and lemon…basically like eating a salad!  Which was good because we forgot to eat dinner!

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Stockyard Brewing Co: Stockyard Brewery took over part of the Golden Ox and kept almost the same decor.  They did bring in some unique beers.  I had the brunch stout which was a delicious stout with a fantastic description on the website!!  "We're too busy to wake up in time for breakfast stout, so we moved on to a brunch stout. Overflowing with coffee, chocolate, and fruit notes, this brew is a side of bacon away from starting your day off right...at the crack of noon."  We also tried the Golden Alt and the Thunder Hef.  The alt was smooth and light and the Hef was just what you want from a good Hefeweizen. 

Drum Room-We hit up the Drum Room during happy hour on a Friday and it was packed!!  We tried several cocktails including The First Lady (which is champagne and St. Germaine and it was soooooo good!!); I like Ike which per Stephanie tastes like cat piss on fire (maybe don’t get this one); the Tricky Dick which was essentially a mojito; Camp David Beer-like a summer beer with a hint of cucumber; and I’ll let you guess who ordered the Old Fashioned…which was apparently just meh.  Overall great cocktails and a fun vibe for happy hour!

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Reserve at Ambassador-This fancy spot inside the Ambassador Hotel in downtown KC has some really good wines!!  Kristi and I loved the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir-Point North. Steph had the Sequoia Grove Cabernet to start (when wine is buy 1 glass, get 1 glass-go for the $15 glass!) and followed it up with the Altavista Malbec.  We met up with several friends and Andrea had a sub for this night too.  We all tasted the various wines and settled on our favorites for one more glass before calling it a night.  Unless I am staying at the Ambassador, I’m not sure that I would seek out this place.  It very much felt like a hotel bar, a nice hotel bar, but too quiet and uptight for my taste despite the excellent wine!

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Overall we made it to half of the places on the list.  It was so fun to get out and try new places that we wouldn’t normally even consider.  I think it will become a summer tradition!  Cheers friends!

~Leslie