First opened directly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1935, The Ship was a place where politicians, gamblers, and all classes in-between could mingle freely. In the 1990s, the bar was dismantled, removing the decorations made from an actual wooden ship, but in the 2000s, a local team scoured the city to recover the lost elements, and re-opened the bar with much of its original glory. The drinks are cheap, the food portions are threatening, and it plays double duty as an intimate concert venue.
If there’s one thing you should know about Kansas City, it’s that you’re never far away from a good drink. This city is a cultural oasis on the plains and a beacon to all those within 100 miles, with some of the finest bartenders, cocktail crafters, breweries and distillers that the Midwest has to offer.
The result? A place where you’ll find something for every taste; sports bars, martini bars, beer bars and speakeasies, and a hell of a lot more on offer too. If you want to experience Missouri in all its glory, we’re here to help. Here are the best bars in Kansas City.
Brock Wilbur is a writer based in Kansas City. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.