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Seg. 1: Monarch Bar | Seg. 2: The Best Cocktails and Happy Hours

Segment 1: We take a trip to Monarch Bar.

We take you to a butterfly-themed bar near the Plaza, with a monarch butterfly expert. Will the menu live up to the hype?

Segment 2, beginning at 7:44: The best cocktails and happy hours in town.

As Kansas City's food scene grows, the cocktail offerings become more varied and sophisticated. Our food critics share some of their favorite drinks around town.

People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.