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Shooter's - Kansas City, MO

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shooters1.jpg Shooter's is one of those places where everybody knows everybody. But don't let that intimidate you, newcomers are welcome and as long as you aren't a troublemaker you'll soon find yourself right at home.

Owners Scott and Robin Severson have turned what from the outside looks like a little shack into a popular neighborhood institution. You can count on seeing the same faces on the same nights every week, and the tight-knit community of bikers, working class, and young singles that has formed all take care of each other. The Seversons are also very active in the local business community, working to promote the rights of small business owners.

shooters8.jpgThe bar features a spacious patio in the back. Half the patio is covered, the rest is open-air and naturally shaded by large trees atop a stone wall. Inside you will find 2 pool tables and a much larger seating area than the building looks like it should hold.

Some of the regular specials include bottomless beer for $10 and free pool on Monday and Wednesday nights, Ladies Night on Tuesdays, Guys Night on Thursdays, and karaoke on Thursday and Saturday nights. On Saturdays you can also enjoy a free lunch buffet, which changes each week. Tacos, fried catfish, BBQ, and many other selections have been served.

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Shooters is open Monday thru Saturday, from 10:30am to 1:30am. It is located on the west side of North Oak Trafficway between North Kansas City and Gladstone, about 3/4 mile south of I-29.
4108 N Oak Trfy, Kansas City, MO  

Cocacana - Ottumwa, IA

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coca1.jpgFor this week's entry I have selected a bar not because of anything particular about the bar itself, rather it's because this bar culminated our greatest accomplishment in our personal history of barhopping.

We had spent the first half of the day traveling through northern Missouri and southern Iowa, stopping at bars here and there along the way. By the late afternoon we reached the town of Ottumwa, IA. We checked into a motel on the edge of town, took a cab to the opposite side of town, and began walking back. Along the way we stopped at every bar we saw.

Ottumwa has a plethora of drinking establishments, and despite visiting bars on both sides of the Des Moines River we had visited only about half of all the bars in town when at 1:18am, we reached a tiny little bar called Cocacana.

We got our beers ($1 each for 10oz Bud Light draws) and I began looking through my notebook to see how we had done. I did a double-take and rechecked my figures. I was stunned to discover that we had just ordered our 30th drink at our 30th bar of the day, shattering our previous record by 7 bars.


We high-fived and clinked our glasses, sending a splash of beer onto the bar counter. A guy standing at the end of the bar asked what we were celebrating.

"We've been to 30 bars!" we said.

"Really? This is your 30th ever?" the guy asked.

"No," we replied, "our 30th today!"

"Oh my god!" interjected the bartender. "PLEASE tell me you are not driving!"

"Oh no," we reassured her, "we're on foot."

"Well, congratulations, then, and be careful," she told us as she wiped up our minor spill.

After we finished our drinks and left the bar, we were met in the parking lot by a group of patrons, a man and two women who had heard us talking about our accomplishment. They asked us where all we had been and shared with us a wealth of information about some of the bars we had been to earlier in the day, including some in towns a good distance away. (Some of their information will be used in a future post.)



We began walking back to our motel down a dark, wooded, shoulderless highway. About a quarter mile down the road our new friends spotted us as they passed by and gave us a lift the rest of the way to the motel.

We never did get their names, but we owe them our thanks!

Cocacana is located on Main Street (Old US Hwy 34), just east of Elm, in Ottumwa, IA. Ottumwa is located at the crossing of US-34 and US-63 in eastern south-central Iowa.

1317 E Main St, Ottumwa, IA  

PR's Place - Kansas City, MO

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pr1.jpgRemember the scene in "Weird Science" when the guys step into the bar alongside Kelly LeBrock and everything immediately goes silent? Well, that happened here on our first visit... except we didn't have Kelly LeBrock with us.

The mostly-Hispanic clientelle stopped talking and all eyes locked on us. Heads slowly turned to follow us as we nervously made our way to the empty chairs at the far end of pr5.jpgthe bar. But the bartender was terrific and, within moments, made us feel welcome.

Located on the eastern edge of Kansas City's West Side, PR's Place is a popular hangout for Kansas City's hispanic population while virtually unknown among the artists and hipsters found only a block to the east. You might drive right by this place and not realize it's a bar, the exterior might make one think more of a dentist office.

PR's has an inviting, comfortable interior and one of the more eclectic jukebox catalogs we've seen. pr2.jpgIt's also a popular place for watching sports -- especially soccer. If you are a fan of the World Cup this is a great place to watch it. There are no beer taps, but bottles and cans are plentiful and cheap.

By the way, PR's Place is the only bar we are aware of to have had a live horse inside it, when it received a visit by the second Warpaint, former mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs.


PR's Place is located 1 block west of Broadway, between 17th & 18th Streets on Washington. It is 2/3 a block south of the Screenland Theatre.

1741 Washington, Kansas City, MO  

Caddyshack - Kansas City, MO

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shack1.jpgCaddyshack, or "The Shack" as many of the regulars refer to it, is a popular dive bar and night spot for downtown Kansas City barhoppers.

On our first visit in 2006 we were warmly greeted by our bartender, who asked our names and immediately engaged us in conversation. The owner, Joe, came out to meet us as well. On subsequent visits we have learned that Joe makes it a habit of getting to know his customers, circulating among the crowd saying hello and making conversation.

The interior of the bar is divided into two main sections. The front section contains booths and low tables surrounded by office chairs. The back section contains a mix of high and low bar tables interspersed among the pool tables.

shack2.jpgCaddyshack features free popcorn, optionally seasoned with their special blend of spices, and has recently begun making their own pizza. The pizza is Sicilian style, based upon a recipe Joe has been making for over 30 years, and is available until 2:00am. Other standard bar foods are also available.

Entertainment includes pool tables and other usual bar games. About once a month they have a karaoke night that is wildly popular, often drawing standing-room-only crowds.

In 2007 though early 2008 Caddyshack underwent an extensive renovation. In addition to fixing up the bathrooms and cleaning up the interior, the unused back patio was closed and a new, much bigger patio was built on the building's east side. The picture a the top this article was taken before construction, the new patio sits off the right-hand side of that photo. This patio is now one of the busiest spots downtown after 1:30am.


Caddyshack is located just north of downtown Kansas City and just northeast of the City Market at the northeast corner of 3rd & Holmes.

700 E. 3rd, Kansas City, MO  

buckin1.jpg We pulled in to Bucklin, MO a little after 10:00 on a summer Saturday night, and after a couple of wrong turns found the My Place bar.

The place was packed, in part due to a birthday party. Karaoke was in full swing, and a large guy in overalls named Norm was enjoying a few beers. We got ourselves a couple of cans of Busch Light and sought an empty spot to go hang out.

The karaoke DJ announced that Norm had a special talent to perform but only if the bar raised $50. A collection was taken up (we chipped in a few dollars ourselves), and before long the funds were raised.

Apparently under instruction not to do it inside the bar, Norm stepped just outside the door and proceeded to remove his underwear without removing his overalls to the delight of the crowd. After he got a round of ovation I got a picture of him, complete with his underwear hanging out of his pocket and the fifty dollars cash in his fist.


As we were leaving, a woman step out of the bar, spat a loogie into the street, and stepped back inside.

My Place is located in downtown Bucklin, just northeast of Hunt Street on Livingston (Mo-129). Bucklin is in Linn County, MO, about a mile-and-a-half north of US-36 on MO-129.

1416 N Livingston St, Bucklin, MO  


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