~~~Updated COVID-19 protocols allow us to go maskless inside in the evening.

We will no longer accept negative tests.

Proof of vaccination is required of everyone after 5:00pm~~~

After 5:00pm all guests are required to provide the following :

-A vaccination card, showing fully vaccinated status; OR

-A photo of your vaccination card, showing fully vaccinated status; OR

-A digital vaccine record from third-party apps; AND

-All guests will be required to show a government issued photo ID that matches the name on your vaccine card.

-Masks are recommended and appreciated but not required.

-No minors are permitted on premises after 5:00pm.

-Our alley entrance will not be available. All guests must enter our Union Avenue doors at 1221 Union Avenue.

During daytime hours from 11am to 5pm, you will need a mask to enter the building, order at the bar, while using our bathrooms, or otherwise not actively eating or drinking.


Bear in mind this policy is subject to change, and you should check our website at www.theshipkc.com for the most up to date information.




Your joint since 1935, The Ship offers food, drink, music, fun and fellowship.

Come see our new new "All Else The Sea" space for socially distanced drinks and dining, the outdoor sidewalk cafe is open when weather allows, and we offer both curbside to-go and home delivery options.

Dine-In | Delivery | To-Go
Tuesday | Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Thursday | Friday | Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Closed Sunday and Monday

No minors allowed after 9:00pm

COVID-19 Protocols

updated 08/09/2021



The original Ship bar is now fully open for your pleasure. It's a classic intimate room with a private speakeasy feel.

Sail in for lunch or dinner, a couple of drinks with a friend, or a secret rendezvous,


Live music is back aboard on stage almost every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Check live music calendar for details.



Check out our new expanded dining room space​, "All Else The Sea". This room offers spacious distanced seating with lots of fresh air and ventilation.

Perfect for a quick bite with the whole family: bring the kids! Also larger groups can usually find space to hang out.

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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. Our new entrance is located at 1221 Union Avenue.

1221 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101

(816) 471-7447

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