Summer Blockbusters 9

Four Destinations for Summertime Fun

Summer nights are made for hanging out late and catching up with friends, whether chilling on a patio or escaping heat and humidity indoors over a cold beer. The Northland has numerous dining, drinking, and entertainment options for a guy’s night out. Kick off the night at a craft beer taproom, such as Big Rip Brewing, Cinder Block Brewery, Rock & Run Brewery, and Calibration Brewing. Bike and beer shop Velo Garage and Tap House is another cool combo for cyclists and craft beer geeks.


Next, check out Chicken N Pickle, Brass Rail, Colony KC/RINO, and Repeal 18th for summer adventures. Want super casual downtime? Upscale setting with killer food? Sports and beers? Check, check, check. These hot spots maximize fun for a blockbuster night.

Chicken N Pickle (1761 Burlington St., NKC) is perfect for people-watching. Or maybe playing pickleball, a racquet-based sport on indoor and outdoor courts, is your jam. The courtyard also has yard games, such as bags, washers, and giant Battleship and Jenga. Large-screen televisions broadcast sports. The restaurant’s smoked half-chicken, jerk wings, and spicy chicken sandwich hit the spot. While drinking beer or cocktails, kick back on the upper deck, patio, or at the indoor bar and Instagram the night’s best moments.

Sometimes going back to basics is the right answer after a long workweek. Brass Rail Sports Bar and Grill (4940 NE 81st St.) offers billiards, darts, and shuffleboard so the crew can compete for bragging rights (or who’s buying the next round). With acres of HDTVs on display, never miss the game while drinking beers and sinking teeth into supreme nachos, bourbon sirloin steak and fries, or smoked pulled pork sliders. There’s plenty of space to book a group event, too.

Colony KC (312-314 Armour Rd., NKC) unites a nanobrewery, cocktail bar, coffeehouse, and eatery under one roof. Begin with craft brews or cocktails, such as the best-selling Jubilee. Chow on a pork belly burger or Buffalo chicken burrito from Beerded Man’s Kitchen. Down a cortado and smash some ping pong. Next door, RINO’s live music puts the spotlight on local and touring acts as they crush songs, ranging from power pop to punk to neo soul. Laugh Lab on Wednesdays features open mic comedy.

Head to Repeal 18th (1825 Buchanan St., NKC) for drinks and dining in an upscale-casual atmosphere. Prepared in an open kitchen, Chef Remy Ayesh’s hearty dishes combine modern Midwest flavor with European flair. Split the sausage and cheese board, guys. Then feast on grilled aged pork chop or made-from-scratch linguini. Darrell Loo and company create cocktails that boost the Northland’s drink game to new power levels. Try Oaxacan Sunrise la Plata, a time-tested Old Fashioned, or martini to savor with a cigar on the patio.