The U.S. is in for a rare astronomical treat on August 21, 2017 — that's the day of the "Great American Eclipse." It's the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire U.S. in 99 years, and more than 12 million Americans live in its path. Sarah Whitmire McClatchy
The U.S. is in for a rare astronomical treat on August 21, 2017 — that's the day of the "Great American Eclipse." It's the first total solar eclipse to cross the entire U.S. in 99 years, and more than 12 million Americans live in its path. Sarah Whitmire McClatchy

Cityscape

Update: Eclipse specials at area restaurants include aerial bartender, special drinks

By Joyce Smith

jsmith@kcstar.com

August 04, 2017 04:56 PM

UPDATED August 09, 2017 04:26 PM

When daylight turns into twilight on Aug. 21 during the solar eclipse, several Kansas City restaurants will celebrate with drink and food specials, giveaways and more.

In July, CNN selected the “7 rooftop bars for viewing the August solar eclipse” and included North Kansas City’s Chicken N Pickle at 1761 Burlington St. While tickets for the rooftop party have already sold out, customers can take part in the event on the grounds from noon to 4 p.m., including viewing glasses, glow-in-the-dark swag, drink specials, giveaways, an aerial bartender, a DJ and three pickleball tournaments.

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▪ Aep Thai restaurant, 1815 W. 39th St.: It will offer a signature eclipse-themed cocktail called Dark Side of the Moon with J. Rieger & Co. Midwestern Dry Gin, charred lemongrass, elderflower and prosecco.

▪ Best Regards Bakery & Cafe, La Paloma Plaza, 6759 W. 119th St., Overland Park: The pre-order limited edition Eclipse Box Lunch includes “blackout” brioche buns made using an old Japanese technique (no food coloring) with a choice of three flavors of filling: turkey and provolone, Black Forest ham and Swiss, or vegetarian caprese. The box lunch comes with a side of sun-dried tomato pasta salad, SunChips, Eclipse gum and a made-from-scratch Moon Pie for $15. Best Regards will be open from 7 to 10 a.m. Aug 21 for pick-up.

▪ Coach’s Bar & Grill, 9089 W. 135th St., Overland Park. Tickets for the rooftop patio cost $30 per person and include viewing glasses, giveaways, a special eclipse menu with a choice of sunflower salad or blackout cake, choice of entree — Moon Over Sun sandwich or sun-dried tomato chicken pasta bowl; beverage, tax and tip. It also will have specialty drinks including Blue Moon drafts. The event will be from noon to 2:30 p.m., and it has already sold more than half of the 150 tickets available.

▪ City Market’s Total Eclipse Watch Party: Free event kicks off at 9 a.m. with yoga in the park at Third and Main streets. The pre-show starts in the City Market Square at 10:30 a.m. with more yoga, celestial music by DJs, opening meditation at 11:30 a.m., then karaoke featuring sun/moon-themed tunes, aerial acrobatic troupe MoonDrop Circus and a countdown to the “Totality” at 1:08 p.m. American Floyd will perform the entire Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album, along with a light and video show. The event also will include jugglers, superheros and a Renaissance scientist who thinks the eclipse is a sign the world is ending.

Visitors will get complimentary viewing sunglasses while supplies last. Science City also will set up a specially equipped solar telescope. Visitors can bring blankets and lawn chairs, but not dogs or coolers.

▪ East Crossroads’ Solar Eclipse Festival, Aug. 16-21. Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters, at 419 E. 18th St., will be the central hub offering solar eclipse-inspired cocktails. It also will have special release barrel-aged coffee in collaboration with Amigoni Urban Winery in a bag designed in collaboration with Rif Raf Giraffe and Collective Ex.

An Arts and Crafts Beer Crawl will be held from Aug. 18 and Aug. 19. An art station will be at each participating pub or brewery, and customers can decorate their eclipse glasses with an artist on-site to help out. Activities also will include collaging, paper marbling and more.

▪ The Sandbox at PowerPlay, 509 N.W. Barry Road: Half price on food and drink orders from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rooftop deck will be open for customers to view the eclipse.

▪ The Well Bar Grill Rooftop, 7421 Broadway: Complimentary solar eclipse sunglasses for customers purchasing lunch, but supplies will be limited. Food and drink specials include the Solar burger (the Well’s burger topped with sunny side up egg), and beers from Blue Moon Brewing Co. and Sol, as well as moonshine shots.

“My idea is fill up both the rooftop and dining room, and dining room customers can walk up to the rooftop to watch the eclipse,” said Chris Lewellen, president.

▪ Westport Ale House, 4128 Broadway, will open its rooftop deck at 10 a.m. and serve happy hour specials until 11 p.m.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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