403 North Fifth Street, Kansas City, Kansas | 913-499-8392
Since 1951, 403 North Fifth Street has housed a drinking establishment. Earlier this year, ownership came into the hands of longtime barman Artie Scholes, who scrubbed the joint up, installed five pinball machines and turned the place into a sparkling Strawberry Hill gem. Scholes knows what people want: affordable cocktails, clean bathrooms and cold air conditioning. The stools are ultra-comfortable, the lights aren't too bright and the volume level is just right. And when dinnertime rolls around, Felitza's, the Italian restaurant across the street, delivers fried manicotti, meatballs, mussels or chicken spiedini from a menu made for the bar. "There's never a band, never a DJ and never karaoke," Scholes promises. There's just drinking and hanging out — and that's why we love this place.