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Rooftop Bars Kansas City

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Best time to visit May - September
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Rooftop Bar Kansas City
Courtesy of Boho Sway at Canary

Kansas City Rooftop Guide

Updated:September 2, 2023

Nothing says 'summer' like sipping a cocktail with friends, enjoying some fantastic views. Thanks to an ever-growing rooftop scene, Kansas City allows you to do just that. And this complete guide will take you straight to the best venues, packed with all info you need about each rooftop bar Kansas City has to offer: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more.

Known as a city filled with great bars and restaurants, the Kansas City rooftops offers a lovely mix of both. Here you can enjoy a sunny rooftop lunch, or some late night cocktails under the stars. All is possible, so just scroll down and find the KC rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list

11 best rooftop bars in Kansas City

Rooftop bar Boho Sway at Canary in Kansas City

Boho Sway at Canary

$$$ | 11th floor | Midtown
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Restaurant & rooftop bar

At the historic The Netherland in Midtown KC you find Canary, which is both a restaurant, lounge and patio, all topped off with a fantastic rooftop bar and terrace. The posh upscale supper club downstairs serves modern American fare as dinner and Sunday brunch. But for more thrilling views, continue up to the 11th floor Canary rooftop bar. Here you can enjoy handcrafted and frozen cocktails, beer and wine, as well as picnic style bites, all in a lush and open-air setting.

Rooftop bar Percheron Rooftop Bar in Kansas City

Percheron Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 5th floor | Crossroads
  • Highlights
  • 360-views
  • Modern & trendy
  • Craft cocktails

Percheron is Kansas City’s first rooftop beer garden, found on top of the Crossroads Hotel. The very modern and trendy terrace comes equipped with community tables, comfy lounge sofas, patio games and an amazing 360-degree view over the Kansas City skyline. Open to all 7 nights a week, the Percheron menu is filled with creative craft cocktails and a rotating selection of frozen ones, as well as craft beers, wines and bites.

Rooftop bar Horsefeather Social in Kansas City

Horsefeather Social

$$$ | 7th floor | Crossroads
  • Highlights
  • Cocktail lounge
  • Stylish
  • Seasonal

Set on the 7th floor of the Loews Kansas City, Horsefeather Social really brings an elevated flair to KC. The open-air rooftop comes with sleek lounge furniture and fire-pits, where you can look out over downtown. Open during the warmer season, the rooftop bar serves summery and handcrafted cocktails, a thoughtfully selected wine list wine, craft beers and elevated bites. A perfect downtown summer destination for nights of fine drinks and views with friends.


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Rooftop bar John’s Big Deck in Kansas City

John’s Big Deck

$$ | 3rd floor | Garment District
  • Highlights
  • Laid-back
  • Downtown views
  • Live entertainment

Set in a historic building between the River Market and Power & Light district, John’s Big Deck offers three floors of food, drinks and fun, all in a laid-back and colorful atmosphere. The true gem is the top floor rooftop terrace, offering a beautiful view of downtown Kansas City. Here you can enjoy classic American pub food, signature cocktails and an impressive beer menu. During the summer months, this rooftop bar Kansas City is also filled with entertainment.

Rooftop bar Chicken N Pickle in Kansas City

Chicken N Pickle

$$ | 2nd floor | North Kansas City
  • Highlights
  • Pickleball
  • Lawn games
  • Casual dining

Located in North Kansas City, Chicken N Pickle is an outdoor/indoor entertainment venue and restaurant concept, made for good food, good friends and great fun. Here you find 8 pickleball courts, lawn games and TV screens, but also a fast casual dining restaurant, a bar and a lovely rooftop terrace, perfect for sunny drinks and bites while overlooking the action on the courts, and the Kansas City skyline.

Rooftop bar Westport Ale House in Kansas City

Westport Ale House

$$$ | 2nd floor | Westport
  • Highlights
  • Sports lounge
  • Vibrant
  • Backyard games

Located in the heart of the vibrant Westport district, the Westport Ale House is a kitchen and sports lounge, also offering one of the best Kansas City rooftop bars. With a full menu of food and drinks, the rooftop offers everything from tasty tacos, pizzas and juicy burgers, to handcrafted cocktails, 20+ domestic and local craft beers and a nice selection of wines. Packed on game days, but the Ale House is usually quite a vibrant place on any other day (or night) as well.

Rooftop bar The Well in Kansas City

The Well

$$$ | 2nd floor | Waldo
  • Highlights
  • Vibrant
  • Year-round
  • Craft beers

Located right in the heart of the Waldo area, The Well Bar Grill & Rooftop offers two floors of food, drinks and fun for pretty much anyone at pretty much any time. Open seven days a week and year-round for lunch, dinner and drinks anywhere in between, The Well menu is packed with everything from beer-battered Fish and Chips and fresh Salads to 30 craft beers on tap, as well as refreshing signature cocktails and a nice selection of wines.

Rooftop bar Messenger Coffee Co. in Kansas City

Messenger Coffee Co.

$$$ | 3rd floor | Crossroads
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic views
  • Rooftop Café
  • Local roast

Set in a beautiful building in the heart of Kansas City, Messenger Coffee Co. offers the best of local roast, and when the weather is right you can enjoy it on the top floor rooftop. Set over three floors, the venue is bright and airy enough inside, but of course even more so on the open-air rooftop, where you are surrounded with panoramic views over the Kansas City skyline. Enjoy coffee artisanally roasted in KC, along with sandwiches and mouthwatering Ibis pastries.

Rooftop bar O’Dowd’s Gastrobar in Kansas City

O’Dowd’s Gastrobar

$$ | 2nd floor | Country Club Plaza
  • Highlights
  • Vibrant
  • Crafted
  • Live music & DJs

Found at the Country Club Plaza shopping mall, O’Dowd’s Gastrobar is the only venue in the area with a rooftop deck. To fine views over downtown Kansas City, here you can enjoy a wide range of local and crafted dishes, as well as classic coktails and a large selection of beers, spirits and wine. Visit the rooftop weekday afternoons for great food and drink specials, or come later at night for plenty of vibes, complemented with live music and DJs.

Rooftop bar Up-Down Kansas City in Kansas City

Up-Down Kansas City

$$ | 2nd floor | Crossroads
  • Highlights
  • Arcade bar
  • 50+ beer on tap
  • Skyline views

Up-Down KC is mostly famous for its indoor fun, with an arcade bar that features more than 50 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, pinball machines and much more. But, it is also home to a lovely second floor rooftop terrace. When the weather is right, you can play life-size Jenga or oversized Tic Tac Toe, all while enjoying fantastic views over the city skyline. You can also just grab a seat at the rooftop and indulge in a menu filled with over 50 beers on tap and a tasty selection of pizza.

Rooftop bar Teocali in Kansas City


$$$ | 3rd floor | Longfellow
  • Highlights
  • Authentic Mexican
  • Relaxing
  • Music & live DJs

Teocali brings a large slice of truly authentic Mexican cuisine and vibes to the Kansas City metro area. Set over three floors, with both indoor dining and a lovely rooftop terrace, here you can enjoy a large selection of traditional Mexican recipes, along with an impressive tequila list and refreshing sangrias and beers. Relaxing and friendly in atmosphere, this Kansas City rooftop bar is great for some fun with friends and family.

Rikard Fredricson
Rikard Fredricson

Rikard has spent the last 10 years exploring, enjoying, researching and working with rooftop venues. During these years he has visited more than 700 rooftops across the globe. The experience he has gained is used to create helpful, in-depth and accessible content, and to share his knowledge and rooftop expertise with fellow rooftop-lovers.

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City info

Rooftop bar Kansas City

Rooftop-grade: 6/10

Prime season: May-September

Inhabitants: 1.5 millions

Climate: humid subtropical

Located in Missouri, close to the Kansas border, Kansas City is found pretty much in the middle of the US. It lies in the northern periphery of the humid subtropical zone, which means quite hot and humid summers, but also cold winters. So the rooftop bar season in Kansas City is not year-round.

Famous for hosting lots of great restaurants and bars, the rooftop scene is also ever-growing in Kansas City. But while the city skyline is pretty impressive, the rooftop bars are often found on lower levels. The menu's quite often include a large selection of crafted local beer, and offer a relaxing atmosphere, where sports, music and games are common.

About Kansas City

Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri, both by area and population. Often abbreviated KC, the city is known as both a place rich in music, as well as food and drinks. Like Kansas City jazz, Kansas City-style barbecue, Kansas City strip steak, and KC craft breweries. The most famous sports team from the city is the Kansas City Chiefs, who play in the National Football League.