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Comment Archives: Locations: Spaces & Places: Music Venues: 3 Stars

Re: “The Scene KC Rock Bar

great rock, need to take care of the odor in the womens bathroom soon!!! its too rank for me, bands were good. Women like bathrooms that smell and look decent, and have doors that shut. Should be cheap fix, if women go then guys will go :) bleach, fix plumbing.... what ever it is it definitely needs fixed. The deodorizer makes it worse, felt like I was going to puke, so please clean it up and we will be back :) Cant order food with smells like that around.... jus saying.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by band junkie on 11/17/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Barcode Sports Bar

New to Independence as of June of 2013, it became my "corner bar". The Pitch article summed the place up pretty accurately. Only now, a few weeks ago, "Bar Rescue" has been there. They eliminated the band stage and dance floor. Dancing is gone.
On the stage, BR placed couches and in your face TV's. Supposedly some type of viewing pod where you and your friends can sit together watching any sporting event of your choice, or play video games together. 'Gonna draw in a younger crowd'. ~Sure it is.
Additionally, there is a fee to use those pods, supposedly more at a "minimum".
BR did upgrade the the 3 pool tables, but otherwise cheap shoddy work seems to be their m.o.. When they broke camp, the Bar Rescue crew left a dumpster or more of trash strewn all across the back parking lot. "Pigs" comes to mind.
They also removed the chairs and tables replacing them with taller stools and high tables. BR did considered the homeless though; they could now come in, buy an inexpensive beer, go sit in one of the stuffed armchairs BR lined the walls with, and then take a nap! Of course, only if they're "younger". *L*
Bar Rescue "claims" the new "BarCode", formerly RG's, will be booming after the the RG's rescue show airs on December 22nd. TWT.
Meanwhile, the once full parking lot on Thursdays and weekends is all but empty. Looking, but is still the "corner bar".
Once 4 stars but now only 2 stars, I gave it three stars because of the nice staff.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jahk on 11/08/2013 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Balanca's (CLOSED)

This was my place for a few years until late 2009 when I decided to retreat from the bars and work on career progression, becoming a home-owner, and advancing in other areas of my life. I remember chasing a purse thief, dancing my ass off Thursday nights, meeting band members, a few regulars, the owner Lori (which was freaking hilarious), and going downstairs-- my favorite part of the bar. My best memories were downstairs and the worst ones were upstairs. *lol* I also saw a lot of things that were crazy (in a bad way) and was even a part of a few of those moments, but I am not surprised it is closed. There seemed to be a lot of police activity there and that kept me away when I wanted to visit almost a year later in 2010. I was driving around between 9th and Main and 39th and Stateline, showing a friend of mine my old haunts and so many places were closed. We drove by the former Balanca's and saw the name had changed... so I came here to confirm it was indeed closed. I plan to check out the new place in December. Woot!

Posted by Denise on 10/19/2013 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Roxy

Love and hate this bar. the beer selection has improved, as have the beer prices - so that's a plus. The bartenders are typically good, waitresses are not. The bar is often loaded with too many drunk locals, and bartenders don't cut off very drunk people in time, they just keep serving. I've seen several fights break out here. Locals are bascially idiots. Lowbrow druggie clientele on some nights. Bathrooms were rebuilt a year or two back, which helped. Weekdays are your best bet for drink bargains, because the place is packed on weekends. It's a true dive bar with live music on weekends, karaoke during the week.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by roxy patron on 02/01/2013 at 2:01 AM

Re: “Denim and Diamonds

Crowded, lots of line dances and people of the older generation. Expensive drinks and cruddy bathrooms. But other than that, a lot of fun! Great for kicking back and letting loose. Good food and pool. Clean.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Face on 04/14/2012 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Aftershock

As a rough-neck roadhouse, the bar is what it is, but to be credible as a live-music venue, they need to fix the sound system. Every time we've been there, the sound system sucks. There is a nearly constant, loud buzz (imagine florescent light hooked up to an amp), annoying no matter what your musical preference. Sound guy couldn't get vocals to come through to save his soul from Donny Osmond.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 4
Overall: 3

Posted by Booper on 03/04/2010 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club

I saw sequoyah rain in sallisaw oklahoma a month ago! they have a kick ass show! I have seen county road 5 too...they rock, should be a great set. Point south sounds solid. Thanks for bringing Sequoyah Rain to Kansas City!
Rating Detail:
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 4
Overall: 3

Posted by David on 10/19/2009 at 11:29 AM

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