The Kansas City Royals have returned to the World Series for the second year in a row, making this a perfect time to head to one of the city's many sports bars to cheer on the Boys in Blue. Here are our eight favorite sports bars in Kansas City to root for the home team.
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The Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill
The Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill is a classic destination in the Waldo neighborhood for sporting events ranging from March Madness basketball to KC Chiefs games. Inexpensive beer, including a decent though small craft beer selection, diverse crowd from college-age on up, large patio with outdoor bar and above-average grill selections on the menu make it a popular pick. Taco Tuesday means you can fill up on a taco for 99 cents. Or go for a burger – the Blvd. Pale Ale burger is topped with grilled onions and mushrooms marinated in Boulevard Brewing Co. Pale Ale, topped with smoked gouda cheese. The eponymous Brooksider burger is loaded with your choice of cheese, grilled onions, and a fried egg. The menu offers soups, salads, wings, wraps, World Series nachos, pizza and more.
The Brooksider Sports Bar & Grill, 6330 Brookside Plaza, Waldo, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.363.4070, brooksiderbarandgrill.com
The Well is another Waldo hangout with an upper deck (weather permitting) and patio for those who'd like to indulge in a cigar or cigarette. Indoors, the pub is lively with packed tables and booths as guests settle in for craft beers, wine, cocktails and upscale food. Beer-battered shrimp, tequila-lime smoked chicken quesadillas, Baja fish tacos, chicken-fried chicken, Creole shrimp po’boys, smoked brisket sandwiches and sliders are just some of the many tempting items on the vast menu to enjoy while watching the game.
The Well, 7421 Broadway St., Waldo, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.361.1700, waldowell.com
Coach’s Bar and Grill
Coach’s Bar and Grill in south KC is a friendly neighborhood joint with a healthy in-house rivalry between the Mizzou Tigers and KU Jayhawks. The bar has enough sports memorabilia, good food, drinks and charming wait staff to keep guests occupied over seven innings of baseball. The Overland Park location offers multi-level seating and bars with an upper deck and lounge seating. Classic grill fare including great buffalo wings, fingers and wraps. For more hearty dishes, choose from chili, chicken pot pie, pork tenderloin sandwiches and nine burger options.
Coach’s Bar and Grill, 414 W 103rd St., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.941.2286, 9089 West 135th St., Overland Park, 913.897.7070, coach-s.com
Kansas City Live
Kansas City Live isn’t technically a sports bar, but this outdoor event space is where sports fans go in downtown Kansas City to watch and roar local pro teams, whether that's Sporting KC or the KC Royals. Dress for the weather and prepare for the crowds. A massive screen shows the action while nearby restaurants such as Cleaver & Cork and taverns offer ample food and drink that's a step above your typical game day grub.
Kansas City Live, 1100 Walnut St #3000, Power and Light District, Kansas City, Missouri, powerandlightdistrict.com
The Blue Line Sports Bar
The Blue Line Sports Bar is mostly dedicated to hockey, but it is one of the few dedicated sports-themed bars in the Rivermarket, serving a clientele within walking distance. Inexpensive macro and craft beer, cocktails and a wide array of bar food including nachos, wings, tacos, burgers and more are on offer. The bar also offers daily specials, plus rock-bottom deals every day from 3 to 7pm.
The Blue Line Sports Bar, 529 Walnut St., Rivermarket, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.472.7825, thebluelinekc.com
The Ship isn't a traditional place to watch sports. It is, however, a spirited gathering spot for upbeat camaraderie, seventh inning sing-alongs, drinks and DJ’d soul, funk and New Orleans brass band music (during commercial breaks) – all in a fun West Bottoms setting. This jazz bar and event space is an under-the-radar fan club for KC Royals’ game-watching. Affordable cocktails, cold beer, alcohol-infused freezes and true fellowship is as much a draw as the nautical setting. Guests can bring food in, and sometimes the bar staff will stock some eats in the back room as a courtesy. The bar is lined with paper boats of peanuts in the shell. Famed Royals broadcaster Denny Matthew’s voice is piped in and synced with the game airing on two screens to drown out the sound of Joe Buck.
The Ship, 1217 Union Ave., West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.471.7447, theshipkc.com
The Granfalloon is a Country Club Plaza favorite that combines high-volume drinks and food with plentiful television screens and customers who add crazy energy to the scene. Park in a nearby garage and hoof it over to this popular spot. Be prepared for a crowd and standing room only unless you’re early – or lucky – enough to snag and retain a table. Order house specialties such as the Hangover Chili, pork carnita tacos, bourbon-chicken pizza, or any number of sandwiches, burgers and starters like beef carpaccio and Parmesan-crusted calamari. Hearty entrees range from peach wood-smoked Durok pork chop to mac 'n' cheese to Tuscan ribeye.
The Granfalloon, 608 Ward Pkwy., Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.753.7850, thegranfalloon.com
Recognized by Sports Illustrated in 2005 as one of the 25 best sports bars in the U.S., Chappell’s is a sports memorabilia hall of fame. Jim Chappell has covered every inch of the walls, ceiling and back bar with amazing artifacts and souvenirs from major professional and college sports teams and players. Chappell is known to regale and welcome regulars and newcomers by the bar, sharing stories of athletes and his rich life. The menu is pretty straightforward, offering a mix of comfort food and grilled items such as sweet potato fries, deep-fried macaroni, steak salad, fish and chips, steak soup, tenderloin sandwiches, London broil, a black bean veggie burger and more.
Chappell's, 323 Armour Road, North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.421.0002, chappellsrestaurant.com
Tanner’s, The Quaff, Lew’s Grill & Bar, Johnny’s Tavern, The Tower Tavern, and Westport Ale House are other honorable mentions scattered around town to cheer the Kansas City Royals on to victory.