It’s not often my husband and I get a night to ourselves, so when we do have the chance to get out of the house sans kids, I like to make it count by doing something fun and different. If you’re like me, I’ve got a date night recommendation for you. I recently checked out SoT, a new bar near the Power & Light District and oh man, was it cool.
Owner Ron Berg, a photographer in KC, teamed up with some seriously talented folks and together they’ve created a new twist on date nights—and cocktails. Forget about dinner and a show, at this bar the drinks are the show.
I was able to connect with Berg after my visit for a little Q&A to learn more about this bar that appears to have invented its own category in KC.
Q: Ok, first explain the name SoT:
A: We were running thru dozens of names and they all sounded like the typical bar name or hipster name. Then we started thinking of acronyms like Soho or Noho. We are just south of Truman Road, and first played with with Soto but it sounded to much like Toto the dog. So I googled Sot. And the term “sot” came up as a “drunkard” in old British English. So at that point it was a slam dunk to call it SoT, and if people want to call it “Sot” we’re fine with that as well.
Q: What’s the vibe like inside?
A: We would like to call it a bit of gritty glamour with Moroccan/Italian/arabesque touches. There are also little nods to Harry Truman here and there. Even though the bar is not about him.
Q: I think the cocktails your bartender, Erik Mariscal, created are like mini works of art. How do you describe them?
A: Elevated cocktails that take an unpretentious approach to creative molecular gastronomy. I know that sounds pretentious, but we are trying to bring something different to KC that you may see in other cities, but not quite here yet.
A: I’ve tried the Interactive Dirty Martini and the Clarified Milk Punch. Both were like delicious magic potions. What’s your favorite cocktail on the menu?
I like boozy cocktails so I’m partial to Erik’s current interactive drink, The Cocktail in the Rocks, which is a cocktail inside of a large round ice cube that you break open with a small bar tool that we serve with it to unleash your cocktail from the ice sphere. Very fun to do!
A: Chef Mark Dandurand, previously from the Local Pig, created the snacks/apps menu. So, it’s a no brainer to try the food, too, right?
Yes indeed. He also has mad skills. SoT’s snacks are the perfect size, but hearty. And there is something on our snacks menu for everyone, from vegans to meat eaters.
A: What else is happening in SoT’s neighborhood that you would recommend as part of a date night out?
The Record bar is across the street, you are just a block from Sprint Center and both Midland Theatre & Performing Arts center are just a few blocks away. The light rail is 2 blocks away and, of course, being in the Crossroads you have all the wonderful art galleries throughout the district.
SoT is located at 1521 Grand Blvd in KC, MO. It’s open Monday-Saturday 4PM-1:30AM. The cocktails and small plates menus change seasonally. You can check them out at sotkc.com.