The Jockey Club - Riverside, MO

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jockey1.jpgOriginally I had selected The Jockey Club to kick off this site because it was the first new bar that we went to as one of our planned drinking excursions. But when I learned it had changed its exterior, I delayed its entry so that I could have time to get more information.

We arrived on a sunny weekday afternoon and pulled into the gravel lot, the only vehicle in sight. It was early in the day but from the stark silence and the exterior maintenance we wondered if we were out of luck.

Trying the door we were surprised to find it unlocked, so we walked into the dark, empty bar where we found ourselves completely alone.

We sat for several minutes, wondering what to do, when finally the proprietor came in through a back door.

Beer selections were limited to a selection of domestic bottles in a big tub of ice on the bar.

The bar's name ties to the local history, when a questionably-legal horse racing track operated during the 1930s under the financing and protection of Kansas City boss Tom Pendergast. Though the track is long gone, some of the original structures still remain. I am uncertain if this bar is one of those structures.

This looks like the kind of place that probably gets pretty wild and rowdy in the evenings and weekends, though we can't say for sure given that our visit was on a Tuesday afternoon. As a commentator added, there is a regular country band and karaoke nights.

In the time since our visit the owner has spruced the place up quite a bit. The outside has been cleaned up and repainted, and the broken sign atop the building has been replaced with a new, stylish sign. Sadly, however, the classic vintage "cocktails" sign that once graced the front of the building has been removed.

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The Jockey Club is located in Riverside on the west side of US-69, about halfway between Riverway Blvd and Vivion Rd.


4312 NW Gateway Ave, Riverside, MO 64105

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Wow! That was some really deep coverage there... Maybe a little content would help? What was the owner's name? What was his/her story? Maybe you should ask about the country band that plays there regularly, or the karaoke nights? I mean, Jesus, your only information is speculative: "This looks like the kind of place that probably gets pretty wild and rowdy in the evenings and weekends". Did you go back there to confirm that?

So far, your blog is a TOTAL WASTE OF TIME. For you and for those of us who misfortunately waste our time reading.

How about you learn how to drink in a dive bar before you blog about it...

This site's purpose is not to provide in-depth details of all aspect of a bar. It's purpose is to tell simply the story of our visit. Nothing more, nothing less.

From the mission statement posted when this site opened:

"This is not a review site. Our visits can happen at any time of day, any day of the week, so there's no fair way for us to assess and rate a bar overall. We simply report on our own experiences and observations during our visit. Sometimes these will be fairly ordinary, sometimes they are wacky to downright bizarre. When possible, we try to throw in a little background information as well."

Now, with that in mind, there are some places where the writeups will indeed be VERY in depth. There is a particularly funny one next week and a very detailed one the first week in August.

just a comment with the simple purpose of letting you know that all your readers aren't total douchebags.

Nevermind the comments from punks. From the looks, this place is really rough! I might not want to be around come late Friday evening! Bikers, sluts, and broken bottles might be the norm here. Great find.

I hail from KC, and am a big fan of dive bars. I definitely know a few if you want some tips.
A few things I'd like to comment on:
You guys gotta check out these bars on the weekend-nights when they are in full bloom, then you'll really have some stories/injuries to explain.

Well written article.

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