Kansas City's 5 best bars (that won't break the bank)

Kansas City's 5 best bars (that won't break the bank)
Knuckleheads Saloon. | Photo: Steve D./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on January 13, 2020.

Wondering where to find the best bars near you?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bars in Kansas City, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

1. Knuckleheads Saloon

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Topping the list is Knuckleheads Saloon, located at 2715 Rochester St. in Northest Industrial District. The bar and music venue is the highest-rated budget-friendly bar in Kansas City, boasting 4.5 stars out of 113 reviews on Yelp. 

If you're looking for more, we found these details about Knuckleheads Saloon.

"We are in an old Railroad boarding house built in 1887 with music vibes coming out of the walls, with a warm homey environment" per the history section of its Yelp profile.

2. Our Daily Nada


Next up is River Market's Our Daily Nada, situated at 304 Delaware. With five stars out of 38 reviews on Yelp, the bookstore and bar has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a budget-friendly option.

Yelper Lindsey L., who reviewed Our Daily Nada on Jan. 1, wrote, "Our Daily Nada is a heavenly bookstore cafe and bar located in the heart of the River Market. A peaceful, urban escape, ODN is my favorite study spot, date night, and more."

Ting N. wrote, "Today was my first time coming here. This is located near the City Market area. It's a bookstore/bar/cafe that is very spacious which has plenty of seating and nice decor with many comfy chairs and small tables."

3. The Peanut


South Plaza's The Peanut, located at 5000 Main St., is another top choice. Yelpers give the budget-friendly bar, which offers chicken wings, sandwiches and more, four stars out of 191 reviews. 

Yelper Joseph M., who reviewed The Peanut on Dec. 21, wrote, "This is one of KC's best. Very local. Best wings on the planet. Triple BLTs; incredible. Don't expect friendly anything from the staff unless your local and then they'd take a bullet for you."

Kristen E. noted, "Came here at the recommendation of a friend..and do not regret it. If you get anything besides the wings--you're doing it wrong. Their claim is the 'best wings in KC' and they certainly did not disappoint."

4. The Outpost Bar & Grill

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The Outpost Bar & Grill, a bar and traditional American spot that offers seafood and more in Holiday Hills, is another much-loved, inexpensive go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 34 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5044 N.E. Parvin Road to see for yourself. 

Yelper Mike T., who reviewed The Outpost Bar & Grill on Oct. 11, wrote, "I love the tenderloin here. Always a nice atmosphere. I've been here multiple times. I come here about once a month."

Dennis G. noted, "I mean, I've been to many, many bars and restaurants in my work travels. So what makes a place I would recommend and come back to? Let's see: fair prices. three dollar draws with BOGO on Tuesday, check!"

5. Mini Bar

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Finally, there's Mini Bar, a Valentine favorite with four stars out of 27 reviews. Stop by 3810 Broadway to hit up the next time you're looking to satisfy your cravings on a budget. 

Yelper Linda B., who reviewed Mini Bar on Dec. 12 wrote, "Minibar is a quaint and funky music venue in downtown KC. The intimate space is perfect to watch the musicians perform as we were right up close. The man who works the soundboard is outstanding!"

And Briana B. wrote, "Always take a bathroom mini bar selfie! Whiskey shots galore and so much alcohol available! Fun place for music and so dark and sultry inside. Good environment for hanging with Bros and gals."

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