Looped In Readers’ Choice Winners 2019

Up Down KC

Best Arcade: Up-Down KC

Play Space Invaders and choose a beer from their 50 taps.

Up-Down KC

Best Art Festival: Plaza Art Fair

This year’s fair is September 20-22.

Plaza Art Fair

Best Bike Trail: Tomahawk Creek Trail

This trail follows the namesake waterway through Overland Park and Leawood.

Best Casino: Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa

Head to Riverside to get your slots fix.

Best Christmas Attraction: Plaza Lights

The Christmas lights shine daily, but you can’t miss the first flip switch of the holiday season.

Plaza Lights KC

Best Fountain: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain

Located in the Plaza, this is arguably the most-photographed fountain in the city.

Best Fundraiser Gala: The Big Slick

Actor Paul Rudd’s wildly successful Children’s Mercy fundraiser features the city’s biggest celebrities.

The Big Slick

Best Golf Course: Ironhorse Golf Club

Just 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, the Leawood club offers a premier championship course.

Best Halloween Attraction: Boo at the Zoo

Join Kansas City’s zoo animals for family-friendly Halloween festivities.

Best Independent Art Gallery: Prairiebrooke Arts

Browse and frame top-tier work from local artists.

Best Karaoke: Offkey Karaoke Lounge & Suites

This karaoke joint boasts a sing-along area, private suites and a full cocktail bar.

Best Library: Kansas City Public Library

Stop by their main location to marvel at the book-themed parking garage.

Best Local Charity: Children’s Mercy Hospital

Find care from one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country.

Best Local Landmark: Union Station

Once one of the region’s busiest train stations, now home to a variety of attractions and museums.

Union Station KC

Best Local Spirit Clothing Store: Charlie Hustle

Show your city pride with their vintage-style tees.

Best Museum: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Kansas City’s top art museum has a steady stream of exciting new shows (see page 67).

Best Music Festival: Boulevardia

This urban festival packs in beer, food, and live music into two summer days.


Best Music Venue: Starlight Theatre

One of the two self-producing outdoor theaters in the country, Starlight is home to concerts and touring Broadway shows alike.

Best Outdoor Music Venue: Starlight Theatre

This classic brick amphitheater gets plenty of top-tier touring acts throughout the summer.

Best Park: Loose Park

Loose Park is one of Kansas City’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.

Best Picnic Spot: Loose Park Rose Garden

Enjoy a lunch surrounded by roses.

Rose Garden

Best Place to Dance: Kanza Hall

Put your boots on and get ready to line dance the night away.

Kanza Hall

Best Place to Play Darts: No Other Pub by Sporting KC

Take aim at this sprawling sports bar.

Best Running Events: KC Running Company

Complete your best race time yet with this local running non-profit.

KC Running Company

Best Skate Park: Lenexa Skate Park

This Lenexa skatepark is open to novices and pros alike.

Best Splash Pad: Roe Park

Bring the kids for a day of splashing around.

Best Sports Stadium: The Royals’ Kauffman Stadium

Cheer on the boys in blue at Kansas City’s beloved MLB stadium.

Best Sports Store/Outfitter: Scheels

Shopping for sports gear isn’t complete without an in-house ferris wheel and aquarium, right?

Best Swimming Pool: Oceans of Fun

Catch a wave at Worlds of Fun’s adjacent water park.

Best Trivia Night: Geeks Who Drink at Green Room

Get your nerd on, with plenty of burgers and beer to spare.

Categories: Best of KC