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The Foundry - 43.7 degrees
424 Westport Road
9 p.m. Wednesday
Beer: Artie (mix of McCoy's Brown Ale and McCoy's Raspberry Wheat)
The Foundry's patio, in the center of Westport, is a high-demand spot when the weather's fine. We waited a few minutes for a table, ordered our beers, and said nothing to each other for roughly 20 minutes. The people-watching was sufficient. Young women at an adjacent table sipped at various colored straws poking from a massive fishbowl. We consulted our menu: Their concoction was full of vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice, Sierra Mist and homemade sour. It cost them $26. A most summery beverage and likely quite cold, though we did not verify.
The Majestic - 43.4 degrees
5:45 p.m. Thursday
Beer: Boulevard Pale Ale
One of the best happy-hour deals in town can be found at an unlikely establishment: the Majestic, the old-school, sorta fancy jazz steakhouse downtown on Broadway. (It runs from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.) We had a pair of lamb sliders (with goat cheese and roasted red peppers, and a side of the Majestic's unique wedge fries) and a Boulevard, and the total with tax was about $10. Majestic, indeed! Around 6, diners began to filter in, and a jazz duo, Paul Shinn and Joe Lisinicchia, quietly started a set for the upstairs crowd. We waited until the end of a Duke Ellington song and made our way to the door, full and happy.
Westport Café & Bar - 43.4 degrees
419 Westport Road
7 p.m. Saturday
Beer: Kronenbourg 1664
We're comfortable in our boorish American ways, but it's still nice to pretend we're in Paris once in a while. It didn't feel very Continental slogging through Rockfest traffic to get here on this Saturday, but a certain European ease finally arrived when we settled in at a table near the window. The Pimm's Cup at Westport Café looks more like a flower than a cup of booze, and the Kronenbourg is très refreshing. Suddenly everyone seemed so pretty and effortless: the servers, the 50-something couple at the next table, the guy with the paperback at the bar. We wanted to hug them all and say: Je t'aime! Because it was true, and because we don't know how to say anything else in French.
Fitz's Blarney Stone - 42.8 degrees
4:15 p.m. Tuesday
Beer: Blarney Brew
When we set off for Fitz's, a bartender at another, more upstanding midtown establishment told us, "Oh. Good luck." But it isn't luck that you need at this hardscrabble corner bar. No, you just need a pair of ears, the better to overhear Fitz's regulars gab about life. "Pam came in crying today. ... You could be on fire and not give a shit. ... They chopped off his leg, but he's still drinking and shit." The price of admission: $1.75 pints of Blarney Brew.
Mike's Tavern - 42.3 degrees
6:15 p.m. Monday
Beer: Troost Light
Tonight, we're on the verge of summer. It's breezy and 73 degrees and sunny. UMKC students, fresh off their finals, wander through the open front door at Mike's and crowd around long tables, order pints and talk about freedom. The beer comes like the weather, just short of too warm: 42.3 degrees. Tomorrow, the high will be 91. The air conditioner will be on full blast. The door will be closed.
The Black & Gold Tavern - 42.2 degrees
4 p.m. Monday
Beer: Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
When you go to the Black & Gold, it doesn't hurt to first brush up on Mizzou sports. If business is light, co-owner and Mizzou optimist Adam Cartwright is ready to break down the Tigers' future in the SEC for you. He knows all the reports on every football recruit. The space is cheerier than it was when occupied by the former News Room. In fact, Cartwright says some News Room regulars are turned off by the new cleanliness. We like it better now, though — there's a lot to learn before football season.