Spades to Start

Let’s face it: After a holiday season filled with forced smiles, awkward reunions and a hidden flask of peppermint schnapps, it can be a relief to cut loose and revel in some good, old-fashioned vice. So practice your best poker face, put on your darkest sunglasses, and head to the new Eighteen22 Ultra Lounge (1822 Main, 816-472-8400) for an evening of two classic indulgences: gambling and booze. Located in the former home of Tootsie’s, Eighteen22 has been completely remodeled, with three bars, a second-level DJ booth, and a kitchen serving up burgers and wings until 3 a.m. Texas hold ’em tournaments, hosted by the local Prestige Poker League, happen Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. and feature an extended happy hour, with half-price food and drink specials until 11 p.m. Games are free to play, and cash prizes are on the line. For more information, see— Angela Lutz

Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., 2010