Planning to spend time in Kansas City’s oldest neighborhood? 

Westport has transformed from a key trading post in 1831 to a bustling district known for its lively nightlife, diverse dining options, and local eclectic shops.

While Westport caters more to the younger crowd, there are many options beyond the evening bar scene, including historic sites. 

As Kansas City locals for over a decade, we’ve spent plenty of hours and know all the best things to do in Westport. In this article, we’re sharing everything you need to know to make the most of your time in this unique district!

What Is There To Do In Westport?

There are plenty of things to do in Westport!

For those with an affection for history, there are several sites to visit in Westport. Around the district, there are signs and markers describing the Battle of Westport. There is also the Pioneers Square Monument, a tribute to Kansas City pioneers and founders. 

The Harris-Kearney House, built in 1855, is one of the few antebellum buildings left in Kansas City and has been restored and is open to the public. Other notable attractions include Kelly’s Westport Inn, which is in the city’s oldest building,  

Westport also has several local eclectic shops that are more than worth browsing.

Westport is known for its vibrant nightlife, but it also has several great dining options and more low-key bars if you’re not into the crowded, loud music type of evening.

We detail it all in this article, so keep reading – and be sure to take a look at all of our Westport visitor guides.

Where Is Westport?

Westport is located at Broadway Boulevard and Westport Road in midtown, just north of the Country Club Plaza, south of downtown, and west of Hyde Park. 

There is Old Westport, which is a walkable district that spreads out over a few blocks, as well as shops and restaurants just beyond the main district that are worth the short walk. 

What is Kansas City’s Westport known for?

Originally called “West Port,” the neighborhood got its name as it was the westernmost village where settlers stocked up before venturing into the Kansas Territory. Today the neighborhood is known for its eclectic shops and nightlife, as well as annual events. 

Westport St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Westport is a popular district for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The area comes alive with the Westport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a vibrant event filled with creative floats, music, and dancing. The parade route stretches from Linwood & Broadway Boulevards to 43rd street – that’s 20 blocks! 

In addition to the parade, the bars and restaurants get into the St. Patty’s spirit, making for a full day of partying and green beer. 

Kelly's Westport Inn
Kelly’s Westport Inn

Is Westport In Kansas City Safe?

As Kansas City locals, we don’t typically stay out in Westport too late. There have been occasional instances of crime in Westport late at night. 

On Friday and Saturday nights, the district shuts the streets to vehicles and becomes pedestrian traffic only. From 11pm – 3am, there is a required safety scan to get into the bar district. 

Enhanced security screening involves patrons emptying their pockets, opening their purses or bags, and walking through a metal detector. Once cleared by the metal detector and shown a valid ID reflecting the age of 21 or older, you are free to enter the district. This has been taking place since 2018. 

Westport Bars and Nightlife

Westport’s entertainment district is best known for its lively nightlife. There is a range of bars – from quaint champagne bars to club-style options. With over 15 bars to choose from, you are sure to find the vibe you’re looking for. 

For a complete overview of Westport nightlife, read our full guide. Below are local favorites. 

  • Westport Ale House: An expansive bar with a rooftop patio, Ale House is lively both late at night and during sports games, which are broadcast on their several large screens throughout the space. 
  • Fountain Haus: A vibrant multistory venue that’s a cornerstone for Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ community. It features a variety of spaces, like the rooftop patio and dance floors.
  • Tin Roof: Modern country bar with live music performances and a large patio. 
  • Kelly’s Westport Inn: Located in Kansas City’s oldest building, this bar is typically filled with locals. It has an Irish pub feel with arcade games and two levels. 
  • Harry’s Bar & Tables: Ideal for patio weather, this venue provides a classic drinking establishment ambiance​​.
  • Ca Va: Classy, intimate champagne bar, ideal for those looking to avoid crowds. Their dessert menu is exceptional. 
  • The Levee: Technically not in Westport proper, but worth a venture down the street. The Levee is a local favorite for live music. 
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Ca Va

Westport Local Shops

You may be wondering, why shop in Westport when Country Club Plaza is just down the road? Well, shopping in Westport is going to provide you with more locally owned shops as well as unique, eclectic options. 

For information on all the 16+ shops in Westport, read our Guide to Shopping in Westport

  • Pryde’s Old Westport: A landmark kitchenware store known for its comprehensive selection of cookware, cutlery, and home goods. The bake shop in their basement makes absolutely delectable pies. 
  • The Bunker: A trendy shop featuring local brands like Charlie Hustle, Made Urban Apparel, and Flatblack Cult and known for its BunkerMade KCMO logo merchandise. The Bunker’s selection ranges from t-shirts to hats and stickers, making it an ideal place to find something that shows off your Kansas City pride​​.
  • Mills Record Company: Local shop for vintage and fresh vinyl.This record store offers a wide variety of new and used vinyl records across all genres, supporting both local Kansas City music and international artists. 
  • Fidel’s Cigar Shop: Purveyor of fine cigar and tobacco products from around the world.Fidel’s has a broad selection of ashtrays, cigar humidors, cigar cutters, and lighters as well as pipes, fine tobaccos and filtered cigars – plus knowledgeable staff. Peruse their 300+ premium cigars and relax in their smoking lounge. 
  • Aquarius: A block north of Westport, this shop offers a spiritual and metaphysical experience with a wide range of products including crystals, tarot cards, incense, and other spiritual and alternative tools. 

Westport Restaurants

There are a number of exceptional restaurants in Westport – most being on the casual side. For a complete list, read our guide to Westport restaurants. Below are local favorites. 

  • Beer Kitchen: Gastro-pub known for its wide selection of craft beers and gourmet burgers, offering a cozy atmosphere for casual dining. They are well known for their brunch, featuring options like a dutch savory baked pancake and “drunken donuts.” 
  • Char Bar: Inventive take on southern-style food, smoked meats, and barbecue. They have a spacious outdoor patio complete with cornhole, ping pong tables, and a bocce court​​.
  • Chewology: Trendy ambiance offering Taiwanese street food.
  • Chingu: Contemporary take on family-style Korean cuisine. 
  • Pot Pie: Comfort food in a quaint, brick-walled space. 
  • Westport Cafe: French bistro offering a menu of contemporary French-inspired dishes in a chic setting.
  • Westport Flea Market: Local favorite of over 30 years for burgers and an eclectic vibe. 
  • Denver Biscuit Co.: Famous for its large, flaky biscuits and biscuit sandwiches, this spot is a must-visit for breakfast and brunch lovers.
  • Jerusalem Cafe: Serves a range of Middle Eastern cuisine, known for its authentic flavors and dishes.
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Westport Cafe

Westport Bakeries, Cafes, and Coffee Shops

  • Broadway Cafe: A local favorite for its high-quality coffee and pastries, this café provides a warm and inviting space for coffee enthusiasts. 
  • Westport Coffee House: A coffee shop with a relaxed atmosphere, serving coffee, pastries, and light bites.
  • Ashleigh’s Bake Shop: A charming bakery offering a variety of handcrafted baked goods, including custom cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats, perfect for any occasion. Located in the basement of Pryde’s. 
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Ca Va

Best Patios in Westport

When the midwest gives us patio weather, head to Harry’s Bars and Tables, Ca Va Champagne Bar, Tin Roof, or Char Bar, which features yard games.

Char Bar dog friendly patio
Char Bar

Westport Wednesdays

On the last Wednesday of every month from 4pm – 10pm, Westport shops, bars, and restaurants offer specials and district-wide happenings.