The local music scene held its breath last year when Anodyne Records owner John Hulston got into the bar business. After months of remodeling, Hulston and his partners presented the location, formerly known as Late Night Theater, as the classy but rock-charged Czar Bar. Positioned on the fringes of the Crossroads and the Power & Light districts, the bar near 16th Street and Grand is the right watering hole to hit on the way to or from a big bash at the Sprint Center. It's also home to one of the finest stages in Kansas City for seeing a more intimate performance. Nearly every night, musicians inhabit the stage in front of an old bank-vault door. And you can count on the fact that whatever arresting art is hanging on the club's marble walls tonight flowed from a local hand.
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