Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Bartender's Notebook: Asking for Cynar at Voltaire

Posted by on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

  • Zach Bauman

My cocktail orders are usually specific, down to the garnish. But the highly skilled Ryan Miller has taken it upon himself to re-educate me ever since my first trip to Voltaire. The restaurant's head bartender has never led me astray, and I'm happy to be at his mercy. This time, though, he's at mine.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Westport Ale House opens for business tonight

Posted by on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Drink up.
  • Drink up.
We feel a special affinity here at The Pitch for the building at 4128 Broadway. In 1980, when its tenant was a record store called PennyLane Records, a group of music geeks gathered together in the basement and launched a local rag called the Penny Pitch; over the next 30-odd years, that publication morphed into the one you're currently reading. We're downtown now, but in many ways our soul still resides in Westport.

For the better part of the last year, restaurateurs Bret Springs and Zach Marten (the pair behind pizza-wine bar Coal Vines, on the Plaza) have busied themselves with transforming that old record store (most recently Streetside Records) into a restaurant and bar - a "sports lounge, for lack of a better description," Springs says. "A sports bar with an elevated atmosphere." Come happy hour this evening, Westport Ale House will open its doors to the public.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Drunken Worm is now open on 39th Street West

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

New to 39th Street.
  • New to 39th Street.
Snuggled in between the recently opened bistro Kansas Town and the year-old Hi-Dive Lounge is another new addition to the 39th Street West neighborhood: the Drunken Worm.

A tequila bar with a Mexican-centric food menu, the Drunken Worm opened its doors for business last Wednesday, says general manager Levi Keefer, who has previously worked stints at the north-of-the-river Granfalloon, Mosaic, Angels Rock Bar and John's Big Deck. (Ralph Sander and Matt Laffey are the other principal partners in the operation.)

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Westport Poor Decision Awards will help you feel better about all of your embarrassing moments tonight at Westport Saloon

Posted by on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM


Are your public, drunken fuckups a source of others' laughter? Are you proud of the time Westport Security caught you pissing on a PT Cruiser parked in front of Harpo's? Do you want to relive the time you sneezed and blew all of the coke off the back of the toilet at Chez Charlie? If so, you just might be the perfect subject in one of the two-minute anecdotes presented at the inaugural Westport Poor Decision Awards tonight at 7 at the Westport Saloon (4112 Pennsylvania).

"Jessi Ahrens and I wanted to put on an event that brought the local town together," says co-organizer Ryan Jones, best known for KC Sprints, the bicycle-riding-at-the-bar event. "As a local, Westport definitely has a family feel, but we all have differing schedules. This is kind of a way to get us together and have a laugh as a group for once."

Jones insists the storytelling production is Intended to be lighthearted and doesn't believe it's meant to be an "I'm more fucked up than you are" pissing contest. Maybe. "We all make mistakes. That's the feel I'm hoping for. Granted, this is the first year, and even the organizers don't fully know what to expect," he says.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wife of Kansas Senate majority leader Terry Bruce busted for DUI

Posted by on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Wild Turkey, indeed.
  • From the Terry Bruce Facebook page.
  • Wild Turkey, indeed.
What would you do if you lived in Hutchinson, Kansas, and were married to one of the guys in that photo up there? If it were me, I would probably drink every day starting around lunchtime. I would probably also take drugs!

Sarah Bruce is married to the guy at the top right of that photo - the one flossin' that baller pencil-thin goatee. His name is Terry Bruce, and he is the majority leader of the Kansas Senate. Yesterday afternoon, around 3 p.m., Sarah crashed her car into another vehicle on Main Street in Hutchinson. Nobody was hurt, but Sarah was subsequently jailed for both driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Boulevard will reopen its pop-up Plaza store next week

Posted by on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM

No word yet on whether the Ks keg backpacks will be on the shelves.
  • No word yet on whether the K's keg backpacks will be on the shelves.
Those not content to simply drink Boulevard's many delicious craft beers will be thrilled to learn that the KC-based brewery's pop-up Dry Goods store returns to the Plaza next Friday, October 4. You'll be able to purchase all kinds of Boulevard merch at the location - 4740 Pennsylvania, just north of O'Dowd's - seven days a week through the holiday season.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Santa Fe Brewing Company will release new Imperial Smoked Rye Porter in Kansas City in November

Posted by on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Summery beer is coming from New Mexico.
  • Summery beer is coming from New Mexico.

When (if?) the temperature finally drops this fall, there will be a new summery beer in town for sipping at your favorite bar. Santa Fe Brewing Company today announced that it's going to release Imperial Smoked Rye Porter in Kansas City in mid-November. The New Mexico brewery teamed up with local distributor Central States Beverage Company on the cold one.

The brewery says the beer is designed to pair well with Kansas City barbecue. "We decided to go bold and do an Imperial style porter so its character would stand up to the big flavors of smoked meats. Not only will this beer scream Kansas City, it will also give a wink to Santa Fe with subtle notes of chipotle chile peppers, " Santa Fe head brewer AJ Condit said in a statement. We've had enough of this late summer heat, but if the upcoming winter is anything like frigid snow dump of last year, any beer that reminds us of sun and barbecue will likely be a hit.

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The Falldo Waldo Crawldo Pub Crawl is Saturday night

Posted by on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Falldo Waldo Crawldo turns nine Saturday night.
  • Falldo Waldo Crawldo turns nine Saturday night.
If you're going to drink Saturday night, make sure you're boozin' for a good cause. Saturday is the ninth annual Falldo Waldo Crawldo pub crawl in, where else, Waldo. 

Hit all eight bars - the Well, Lew's Grill & Bar, Tanner's Bar & Grill, Quinton's Bar & Deli, 75th Street Brewery, Shot Stop, Bobby Baker's Lounge and Remedy  - on the crawl in the 75th Street and Wornall area to become eligible to win one of the grand prizes, including four VIP box tickets to Mumford & Sons, a mountain bike, Royals and Chiefs tickets, and more. Expect drink and food specials all night. 

Proceeds go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Tickets cost $7 in advance (or $10 the day of the event), but we're selling discounted tickets - four tickets for $14 or six for $21 - at MyPitchDeals. Click here to get the deal

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Crafty local bars push self-branded brewskis they didn't make

Local bars' self-branded beers aren't homemade.

Posted by on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Who made that beer? If its good, who cares?
  • Who made that beer? If it's good, who cares?

As regulars of many, many watering holes around town, we've found a funny trend: Bars without their own breweries offering their own brands of beer. It's not a bad gimmick for tavern owners, who buy some not-so-great beer from breweries, slap the establishments' names on the kegs and hang up signs in restrooms touting the impostor suds.

In anticipation of a summer spent regulating our body temperature with cold drinks in dark bars, we sampled five bar-branded brews.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

The return of the Jack Rose cocktail

Port Fonda has resurrected a lost cocktail.

Posted by on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

If it was good enough for Ernest Hemingway, damn it, its good enough for you.
  • If it was good enough for Ernest Hemingway, damn it, it's good enough for you.

At the new Port Fonda restaurant in Westport, there are currently 13 imaginative craft cocktails on the drink menu, including a Technicolor pink Roselle Margarita (made with house-made hibiscus syrup and Solerno blood orange liqueur). The unexpected offering on the list is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early days of the 1900s, if not before. It's so classic, in fact, that Port Fonda is one of the few places in Kansas City — besides Manifesto, of course — where you can find one.

The cocktail in question? The Jack Rose — a combination of applejack brandy, lemon juice and grenadine — that
was the featured alcoholic beverage (the only one, actually) in one of the most lavish private homes in New York City: 840 Fifth Avenue, the mansion owned by the imperious Mrs. William Astor. The Mrs. Astor, who ruled New York society wearing fabulous diamonds and a purple-black wig from the mid-1800s until 1905. Guests at her dinner parties were permitted one cocktail before dinner: a small glass of Jack Rose.

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  • Port Fonda has resurrected a lost cocktail.

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