Best Rendezvous Bar

A Streetcar Named Desire

2450 Grand | 816-472-5959

Much like the play that gives this Crown Center bar and grill its name, A Streetcar Named Desire simmers with hidden passion and thinly veiled illusion, at least if you squint a little. And so you do, right? Here, in the middle of the city, in a room that's often swarming with parents and kids and strollers (the Coterie children's theater is nearby), you can be the star of your own sexual melodrama while going virtually unnoticed. Amid shoppers and rushed lunch eaters and convention hotel guests, you can bask in relative anonymity, waiting in a dark corner booth for the partner in your assignation. You'll sip cheap cocktails together, eat something, and then maybe make out in the vintage photo booth. Your cars are hidden in Crown Center's impossible parking garage, and both the Westin and the Hyatt are a short walk and elevator ride away. You can afford to book a room, thanks to Streetcar's low prices, and no one will suspect that your companion at this just-beige-enough place is really your secret boo.

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