Where’s the best dive bar in Kansas City?


The Brick was on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.’

Cheap drinks with generous pours. Lighting that is intermittent or non-existent. And chairs that are either destined for or were rescued from a rummage sale. These are the hallmarks of a great dive bar.

Over on First We Feast, Manifesto’s Ryan Maybee has tabbed The Brick (1727 McGee) as his pick for Kansas City’s best dive bar, part of a piece on “The Best Dive Bars in the Country, According to Bartenders.” Here’s why Maybee loves The Brick:

It’s in my neighborhood, and the main reason it’s my favorite is because they have a small stage where they have live music. The Rural Grit Happy Hour is a random folk and bluegrass open mic where you never know what to expect. As with all dive bars, the whiskey is cheap and the bartenders surly.

For the sake of discussions, let’s add a few more to the mix. There’s the Zoo Bar, only five blocks down at 1220 McGee, Caddy Shack (700 E 3rd Street), the Twin City Tavern (1815 Westport Road) or the 10-block stretch of Wornall between 75th and 85th.

Where’s your favorite dive bar, Kansas City?

[Image via Facebook: The Brick]

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.


  • Reply March 26, 2014


    I love the Brick, but do dive bars usually infuse their own vodka?

    That’s kinda like calling Hi-Dive a dive bar. Kinda, but not really.
    Zoo Bar, Grandma’s, Red Balloon, maybe 103rd St Tavern. Though the latter is more like Cheers – a neighborhood bar full of regulars, but not dirty enough to be a dive bar.

    Maybe Riot Room. Dirty enough, but their drinks aren’t cheap enough to be truly a dive.

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