Power & Light District, KC Live

DESCRIPTION: The nine-block Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City links the Kansas City Convention Center T-Mobile Center. The 24/7 neighborhood is home to more than 50 restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and retail outlets.

ADDRESS: 50 E. 13th St., Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64106

LOCATION: Heart of Downtown, between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue, and 12th Street and Truman Road.

PHONE: 816-842-1045

WEB SITE: www.powerandlightdistrict.com


  • KC Live!, an entire city block of hot spots within the Kansas City Power & Light District, has two levels with more than 14 high-energy entertainment, nightlife and dining establishments.
  • KC Live! features a full-concert stage where national musicians and bands perform weekly during the summer and for special events throughout the year. The KC Live! Block hosts concert series each year including Hot Country Nights on Thursdays, Friday Night Live (alternative, rock, Top 40 and tribute bands) and District Rhythms (soul, R&B) in the fall. Check the website for details.
  • In addition to nationally known destinations, there are also several local restaurants and retailers open in the district, including BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Bristol Seafood Grill, Johnny’s Tavern, The Dubliner, Meshuggah Bagels, County Road Ice House, Rally House, Polished Edge Fine Jewelry, Posh Blow Dry Bar, Polished Nail Salon and Cosentino’s Market Downtown.
  • The historic Midland Theatre has also been restored and is now Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. It is one of Kansas City’s premiere venues for theatrical and live music performance. It also houses Windows on Main, a remodeled banquet room; The Chandelier Bar, a full circle bar surrounding a large inverted chandelier; and Indie on Main, a music-centric bar.
  • The Kansas City-based tax giant H&R Block opened its new world headquarters in the Power & Light District in October 2006. The headquarters has 1,500 employees and occupies a 525,000-square-foot, 19-story office building.
  • The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the Midwest’s premier professional theatres, has one of its two performance spaces, Copaken Stage, in the heart of the Power & Light District. The 300-seat theatre is located inside the H&R Block world headquarters. 
  • Visit KC’s headquarters, including the visitors information center, are located in the district.

HOURS: The Kansas City Power & Light District is an active neighborhood. Most bars and restaurants are open until 3 a.m. Check with individual merchants for specific hours.

ADMISSION: Most events are free. Events held at individual venues may have different restrictions and charges. 


HISTORY: Developed in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo., and the Kansas City Economic Development Council, the first phase of the Power & Light District was completed in spring 2008, totaling approximately 425,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space with an investment of $330 million. Upon completion of the second phase, the $850 million district will also contain 1,500 residential units and approximately one million square feet of office space. One Light Luxury Apartments, the first of four high-rise apartment buildings planned for the Power & Light District, opened late 2015, and Two Light Luxury Apartments opened in May 2018. The addition of these residential units in the Power & Light District builds on Kansas City’s forward momentum in growth and revitalization and has set the new standard for luxury urban living in the region.  

The Power & Light District was developed by Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies, one of the largest and most respected developers in the world with extensive expertise in almost every discipline of real estate, including entertainment and mixed-use developments, sports-anchored developments, shopping centers, corporate office, residential/student housing, and gaming & hospitality developments.

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Many restaurants such as Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint, ProteinHouse, Meshuggah Bagels, Chipotle and Cosentino’s Market Downtown are open for quick lunches. Or sit down with friends and coworkers for lunch at 801 Chophouse, McFadden’s, Leinie Lodge & Beer Garden, BRGR Kitchen+Bar, Bristol Seafood Grill, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, County Road Ice House, Johnny’s Tavern and Yard House.

WHAT’S NEARBY: T-Mobile Center arena is across the street from KC Live! and the Kansas City Convention Center is within walking distance.

DID YOU KNOW: When it opened, the $850 million entertainment district was recognized as the largest new development project in the Midwest.

DON’T FORGET: Visitors must be 21 or over and possess a valid ID for entry to the KC Live! area past 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Enjoy the KC Streetcar for free transportation from Union Station, with stops through the Power & Light District and on to the River Market. 

PARKING: The District and the City have multiple parking garages and surface lots within and surrounding the District. Parking is available all day, every day in the KC Live! parking garage ($3 with validation from any Power & Light District venue).

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Kristi Reedy, Director of Marketing, 816-780-7041 or kreedy@powerandlightdistrict.com.

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Derek Byrne (KC/Regional Media)
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Derek Klaus
Derek Klaus (National Media)

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