January 6, 2018

"I'm happy that I get to travel around the world and come back to Kansas City," Manica says, "but there wasn't anything here like the high-end bars of London or Moscow. So I decided to open one myself." 

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Photograph by Aaron Leimkuehler

"At the helm of this ultra-glam watering hole is bar manager Brock Schulte, who’s credited as a major influence on the city’s cocktail culture scene."

 Photograph by Aaron Leimkuehler

December 25, 2017

"Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ota has worked in restaurants all across the U.S. Yet Kansas City, she says, offers her something special; a warm, welcoming, supportive chef community."

 Photograph by Zach Bauman

December 22, 2017

"Other noteworthy openings included world-class cocktail bars like the epically swank Monarch Bar."

 Photograph by Aaron Leimkuehler

"Brock Schulte is huge fan of using tea in cocktails, period. Says he can even convince a vodka-lover to drink Scotch by using tea, a milk wash and a little bit of lemon juice." 

"Wanderlust Julep"

December 22, 2017

"Our winter food and cocktail creations include a full pairing menu designed by Brock Schulte and Executive Chef Theresia Ota to provide a range of stylish options from Negroni-cured lox to winter warmers." 

Photograph by Aaron Leimkuehler

December 21, 2017

"Beauty with design. Polish without pretension. Seamless, classic service. Intimate, inviting, highly social." 

 Photograph by Aaron Leimkuehler 

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