31st and McGee is defintely the coolest corner in Kansas City. With the Empire Room on one side and the Velvet Dog on the other. The Empire Room is loungey and loud especially on Fri/Sat nights. Young, hip crowds mingle above the trance music in 2 main rooms. Pass thru the tufted doors to the backroom - a dimly lit bar/movie theatre. Round retro booths face the theatre screen that plays anything from avant guarde movies to music videos. Oh yeah, the friendly bartenders mix up some pretty mean drinks. Stick to the drinks though, the food is an afterthought.