Happy Hour Hunt: Swagger Fine Spirits and Food

The Place: Swagger Fine Spirits and Food, 8431 Wornall Road, 816-361-4388.  

The Hours: Monday to Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. 

The Vibe: Tin signs hang over the bar that runs along the right-hand side of Swagger. At 5 p.m., only a single barstool was empty and the rest were filled by men, who enjoyed teasing each other and the bar staff that this bar has a solid cast of regulars. One patron kept calling for a “social smoke” out back in the parking lot, even though he got no takers. Undaunted, he passed by a pool table where a laid-back game seemed to take the better part of an hour.

By 6 p.m. the four elevated tables along the left-hand wall were filled with couples and young professionals. The bartenders were quick to recognize when I needed another drink and were glad to recommend something off the extensive beer list. I didn’t realize how dim Swagger is until I stepped outside into the sunshine and found myself wincing.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink