Your joint since 1935, The Ship offers food, drink, music, fun and fellowship. Now open seven days a week for curbside to-go and delivery food and drinks.

Our Sidewalk Cafe is now open for walkup food and drinks orders and relax at our beautiful and authentic sidewalk seating. Sail down for happy hour Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm


Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tuesday thru Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sidewalk Cafe: Wed thru Sat 5pm - 9pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am - 5pm



Free Shows in the Alley ~ 7pm to 10pm

We're relaunching live music with our outdoor alley cat picnic parties. These are free shows held on various nights featuring some of KC's finest musicians and DJs - check our calendar list.

Bring your own chair or blanket, masks, and space yourself appropriately. Clean outdoor restrooms are on site with plenty of sanitation provision.

Food and drinks may be purchased directly from The Ship at our walkup service counter or by using our online ordering. We'll bring your order out to the pickup counter when ready.

Donations help us support live music!

If you enjoy our shows, please consider a donation to the musicians performing for us ~ any amount helps keep local artists afloat.

Sidewalk Cafe


Sail in for walkup food and drinks
Wednesday though Saturday 5pm to 9pm

As summer turns into a lovely fall, we have our new sidewalk cafe open and ready to serve. Come enjoy a beautiful sunset in the Historic West Bottoms aboard The Ship with our full bar and superb dinner menu available for your pleasure.



The Ship is open for dockside pickup orders and home delivery. Order now and schedule your pickup day and time for your convenience. Delivery can be scheduled during business hours.

We're offering our famous sandwiches, salads, desserts, to-go beer, cocktails, and even our famous frozees! Our menu changes often, please check back for updates.

Now open for Sunday Brunch!

Opening Hours
Seven days a week

11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch
11:00am - 3:00pm

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Originally located at 411 East 10th Street in between Oak and Locust in downtown Kansas City, The Ship was a grand lounge opened shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1935, reportedly opened by Ethel Mae Wright, companion to a gentleman of means and questionable repute.

Mike Salvato and Jasper Mirabile returned home from the Pacific Theater in WWII and assumed command of The Ship in 1950. In the mid-50’s, Mike aquired sole ownership when Jasper moved south to open his beloved Waldo neighbohrood restaurant. Mike and first mate Tony Cropis continuously operated the bar for 60 years. The Ship was a popular destination for a diverse mix of Kansas Citians and visitors, from judges and politicians to prostitutes and hoodlums. The Ship was reknown for boarding all passengers regardless of class or means.

On November 25, 1995, The Ship was decommissioned and her berth was taken by the city to make room for Ilus Davis Park. For generations of countless Ship customers her original beauty and grandeur was presumed lost at sea. Fortunately, several visionary gentlemen including Adam Jones arranged to salvage most of the original interior before the building was finally demolished.

In 2004, after poking around in places they shouldn’t, Josh Mobley and Bob Asher recovered the treasures from the basement of a West Bottoms warehouse and began carefully reconstructing The Ship as close to the original details as possible in her new location in the heart of the West Bottoms. By 2014, she was finally recommissioned and launched to the public.

Come in early and enjoy a nice lunch or perhaps an afternoon gam. After a long day at the docks, sail down for happy hour or dinner. You might even find yourself sailing late to enjoy the wide variety of music we serve up most nights. Whenever you board, know that you’ll be taken care of by the finest crew in town and that your business is always appreciated.



The Ship is located in the heart of Kansas City's historic West Bottoms neighborhood. Ample street parking surrounds on Union, Mulberry, Sante Fe and 11th Street. We have entrances on Union Street and in the alley behind underneath the sign.

1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101

(816) 471-7447

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