Where the Lights are Low and Cocktails Flow: Kansas City’s Speakeasy Tour

For a genuine KC experience, visiting Kansas City’s legendary speakeasy scene is a must. Fortunately, the Go Explore KC Speakeasy Tour gives you the inside scoop to discover favorite local hotspots. Designate a driver, speak softly and join the party in some of KC’s most unique bar settings with craft cocktails beyond compare. 

Kansas City has a storied past as “the” party place during the Prohibition era. The speakeasy scene was hopping. Kansas City, or Paris of the Plains as it came to be known, had a reputation for free-flowing booze, lively nightlife and killer jazz. In recent years, a speakeasy revival of sorts has occurred in KC driven by the surge in local craft distilleries and the art of craft cocktails. And we are here for all of it. 

Go Explore KC Club Members simply need to login at GoExploreKC.com to access the Speakeasy tour featuring unique local hideaways, each with its own distinct, cool vibe. Some require reservations while others are first-come-first-served. And true to speakeasy nature, most are inconspicuous and tucked away, so be sure to visit location websites for special instructions.

The bars on the Go Explore KC Speakeasy Tour each have a unique story to tell. Some, like The Ship, are direct descendants of KC’s Speakeasy heyday. We encourage you to soak up the history while sipping on featured craft cocktails that are an experience in themselves. The only thing prohibited on this tour is not having a good time.

There’s no secret password to access the Go Explore KC Speakeasy Tour, but you do need to be a Go Explore KC Club Member. Sign up is quick and easy at GoExploreKC.com. It’s the best way to explore KC!


Discover Kansas City with the Go Explore KC Digital Passport Program on your mobile phone. A paper-free passport at your fingertips anywhere, anytime. Simply sign up, turn on mobile location services, and start your tour! Follow the prompts on your mobile at each tour location you visit to earn a stamp. Earn at least five stamps to win a prize!  Sign Up as a Go Explore KC Club Member and unlock exclusive tours, special BOGO offers, free perks and prizes.