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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  

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