12 Best Bars In Kansas City To Watch The Super Bowl

If you can't make it to the big game, the next best thing is going out to a bar in one of the cities being represented. In Kansas City, Chiefs fans and fans of a big party have a lot of options this Super Bowl Sunday.

Even if you're not the biggest football fan, you know there's still plenty of entertainment to be had. The halftime show is a spectacle in itself, and then there are the commercials. In fact, we think liquor commercials for the Super Bowl are some of the most entertaining parts of the viewing experience. In any case, the Super Bowl is a great reason to get out of the house and celebrate.

Of course, there are always two teams playing in the Super Bowl, which is one of the few NFL rules you can count on being correctly enforced. If you're in Southeastern Pennsylvania for the game, you can head to one of the best bars in Philadelphia to watch the Super Bowl, but we're here to talk about the best that KC has to offer.

Taps on Main

At the self-serve beer bar Taps on Main, you can avoid the most annoying part about going out for the Super Bowl: waiting for a beer. The number and range of options at a self-serve beer bar can, however, lead to a different kind of problem: paralysis by analysis. If you aren't sure how to pick and taste beer at a self-serve beer bar, don't worry, we got you.

The first thing to do, brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki told us, is to try a few different styles: Make a DIY beer flight. The goal is to find a beer that you really want to drink throughout the entire game. You should also prioritize beers from local or nearby breweries because these beers are likely the freshest on tap. Fortunately, Kansas City is close to a number of great craft breweries, including 3 Trails Brewing, The Big Rip Brewing Company, and Perennial Artisan Ales. Self-serve beer bars are also great for trying styles and breweries you've always wanted to try. So go ahead and get weird for the big game.

McFadden's Sports Saloon

The Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City is an eight-block dining and entertainment district with more than 50 bars, restaurants, and shops (via Visit KC). During major sporting events like the World Cup and the Super Bowl, the district becomes a seething cauldron of revelry. If you want to feel a palpable buzz in the air on the Kansas City Chiefs' big day, you can't go wrong heading down to the P&L district.

While there are plenty of great places to watch the Super Bowl in the P&L district, McFadden's Sports Saloon is particularly worthy of watching the annual spectacle. The bar-restaurant has more than 20 HD televisions and digital surround sound, providing the ideal game day experience. McFadden's is also part of the KC Live! Block, which is a large outdoor, covered plaza. The block has tables and seating during normal hours, but for big events, like the Super Bowl, the seating is removed and a stage at one end provides entertainment.

John's Big Deck

If you like big crowds and lots of energy, but prefer something with a little more "lived-in" look to it, then you should head to John's Big Deck. This three-story party bar has plenty of seating and viewing options. The first floor is set up like a normal sports bar and grill. The second floor is a dance club and event space. The third floor features a big outdoor deck, as the name of the bar promises. These three different levels will all likely be set up for a massive Super Bowl watch party during the big game.

Like a lot of similar places in Kansas City, John's Big Deck serves up a wide range of American pub grub that leans slightly towards Tex-Mex. To its credit, the bar is running Super Bowl specials that include Stella Artois drafts, mimosas, and Pink Whitney bombs. Also, the party goes until 3 a.m. — win or lose.

Outlaw Cigar Brewery

Featuring large, golem-sized men smashing into each other at high rates of speed, American football is a pretty macho sport, it's safe to say. If you're all about that machismo, you can't do much better Super Bowl watching in Kansas City than Outlaw Cigar Brewery.

Outlaw Cigar is a cigar store chain based in the Greater Kansas City area. To its credit, Outlaw Cigar is deeply steeped in its own schtick. Kendall Culbertson is its cigar-smokin', beer-chuggin', gun-totin', self-styled outlaw owner. He works hard and he plays hard, according to a promotional video (via YouTube). Outlaw Cigar also has its own brewery in a converted warehouse, with a tasting room that doubles as a cigar lounge.

If you're all in on all things Outlaw Cigar, this is a go-to on gameday. But we have to admit, the schtick may not be for everyone. Also, cigar smoke can be annoying if you aren't the one smoking. Please take this into consideration before committing to a Super Bowl Watch party at Outlaw Cigar Brewery.

Streetcar Grille & Tavern

The Super Bowl is for everybody, and even parents with small kids should be able to go out and watch the game. With a kids menu, ample space, and plenty of TVs, Streetcar Grille & Tavern is a safe choice for parents trying to find a family-friendly spot for watching the big game.

While there are some kids menu items you should never order for your child, getting fried chicken strips or mac & cheese for your kid(s) during the Super Bowl doesn't make you a bad parent. According to Charlotte Markey, a health psychology professor at Rutgers University, parents shouldn't make fatty and fried foods completely off-limits to their kids (via Today). The problem with making junk food off-limits is that it gives these foods a certain mystique. Kids who are not allowed to eat junk food will be drawn to it and even crave these foods more than kids who are allowed to indulge once in a while.

Let's face it: Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial American holiday. You're probably going to eat some unhealthy foods. Maybe drink a beer or two. Let the kids have some chicken strips.

The Blue Line Hockey Bar

Sadly, Kansas City hasn't had an NHL hockey team since the Kansas City Scouts left for Denver in 1976. But don't tell that to the owners of The Blue Line, "KC's #1 Hockey Bar." One look at The Blue Line's hockey-themed food menu and you'll understand why it gets so much love in the hockey community and beyond. The Warm Ups section of the menu includes Nordique Nachos and Wrist Shot Fish Nuggets. The First Period section has an Oilers Taco Salad and Capitals Cobb Salad. The Second Period has a Center Ice Prime Rib Philly cheesesteak, and so on.

Opened in 2011, this family-owned restaurant isn't exclusively dedicated to sticks and pucks. With a lack of top-flight hockey to support in Kansas City, The Blue Line happily welcomes football fans, and it's a prominent destination on Chiefs game days. It's also dog friendly so feel to bring out your Chiefs (or Eagles)-supporting pooch.

Johnny's Tavern

There's no such thing as a sure bet when it comes to watching football, but the chain of Johnny's Tavern restaurants is a pretty safe bet when it comes to getting a Super Bowl experience in Kansas City. The original location opened in 1953, just over the state line in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1991, Johnny's Tavern opened a second location in Kansas City and many subsequent locations opened in and around the city. Currently numbering 13 locations, the Johnny's Tavern brand has become synonymous with great food, cold drinks, and attentive service.

Arguably its flagship location, the Johnny's Tavern in the Power & Light District is a premium location for watching the Super Bowl. The massive menu features pub snacks, chicken wings, salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, tacos, entrees, stone oven pizzas, and desserts. Open every day until 2 a.m., the restaurant is also located near the large KC Live! outdoor viewing plaza.

Johnnie's on Seventh

While the Johnny's Tavern chain of restaurants is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, the local dive bar known as Johnnie's on Seventh is the total opposite end of the spectrum. It's difficult to say what the term dive bar actually means, but it's generally thought of as a place that's special without trying to be. And yet, the dive bar is difficult to define. A dive bar might be a sparsely-populated, dimly-lit den that looks uninviting on the outside. It also might be a vibrant neighborhood spot that looks like it would welcome just about anybody.

Johnnie's definitely falls into the latter category. Serving as both a soccer bar and a bar for American football, there are usually people inside rooting for some kind of sports team. It has even served as the location for local wrestling promotional videos (via YouTube). The bar is also steeped in history, among other things, having been open since 1934. It doesn't serve food, but the pool table is free.

Score Sports Bar & Grill

There's an obvious appeal to watching the Super Bowl in downtown Kansas City, but heading downtown isn't exactly hassle-free. Traffic, parking, and crowds must all be navigated throughout the entire day. Sometimes it makes more sense to find a lively sports bar outside the city, and Score Sports Bar & Grill in nearby Independence, Missouri has everything you need to enjoy the big game.

Score is also a good place to go if you're looking for an all-day, all-night affair. Kick off the festivities with a Super Bowl breakfast that runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Watch all the pregame hype on the bar's 17 televisions and giant projection screen. The full menu is available for lunch and dinner, and it includes then appetizers, salads, sandwiches, seafood, stakes, burgers, and dessert. There are also the usual Sunday specials for chicken-fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, and fried chicken. Win or lose, you should stick around after the game because DJ Roger Dat will be spinning victory or consolation jams (via Facebook).

Nick and Jake's

The Nick and Jake's chain of restaurants is built on a concept that's essentially The Odd Couple come to life: Two childhood friends with very different personalities coming together to collaborate under the same roof. The "Jake" side of the menu features down-to-earth comfort food: Buffalo wings, fried mozzarella, chef's salad, and two different kinds of steak. The "Nick" side of the menu features more cosmopolitan dishes: poke tuna bites, crab cakes, and Grandma's chicken with smoked gouda sauce and jalapeño grits.

For a group of Super Bowl fans coming to a Nick and Jake's location, this split personality means a range of options that will appeal to just about anyone. Wine drinkers have nearly 40 different bottles from which to choose and fans of domestic macrobrews can also get their Busch Light or Pabst Blue Ribbon. Given that the Super Bowl spectacle has such broad appeal, Nick and Jake's is the perfect place to go when your party can't decide where to go.

Tower Tavern

When Tower Tavern opened its doors in 2007, the restaurant's post-industrial, urban renewal vibe was all the rage. This look was so popular for so long, it's slowly becoming an American classic as the years pass. This isn't meant to be a diss. Restaurant design trends come and go. But pressed tin ceilings and exposed brick walls were brought back in the mid-2000s because they are as timeless as the Super Bowl, and there is a certain charm to being surrounded by timelessness.

To be clear, Tower Tavern is about much more than its décor. The food menu has just about everything you'd want for the NFL season's ultimate game. Starters include house-baked pretzels, sliders, and Buffalo wings. There are also salads and sandwiches. An entire section of the menu is dedicated to pizzas, with the option to either build your own or order a specialty pie. Channeling its inner Sbarro, Tower Tavern also offer five different kinds of stromboli. The restaurant doesn't take reservations, but it does have a large event space, which it opens for extra seating.

Chicken N Pickle

Established in North Kansas City, Chicken N Pickle is a dining and entertainment concept that's taking the South and Midwest by storm (via KC Parent). The idea of having pickleball courts alongside a bar restaurant was, understandably, met with skepticism. But the chain has proved the doubters wrong and there are currently seven locations with four on the way.

Chicken N Pickle succeeds because there's a lot to discover at each location. Yes, there's food and pickleball, but there are also other outdoor games and live music events — all in a family-friendly atmosphere. People of all ages come to Chicken N Pickle, and it frequently hosts large events.

If the Super Bowl gets your competitive juices going, the Kansas City location of Chicken N Pickle is perfect for letting those juices flow. It's also a massive complex with televisions stuffed into every nook and cranny. The menu — as you might have guessed — heavily features chicken in many forms, including chicken wings, grilled chicken, and country-fried chicken. It all adds up to a gameday experience with multi-generational appeal.