Due to the expiration of KCMO's mask mandate, The Ship no longer requires masks or proof of COVID-19 vaccine. All are welcome aboard at all times. Masks are always appreciated but not required.




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

Our new All Else The Sea room provides space for live music and comfortably distanced drinks and dining.

The outdoor sidewalk cafe is open when weather allows.

Our kitchen offers to-go and home delivery food options.

We feature live music from Kansas City artists most nights of the week.

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 8:00pm



The original Ship bar is open for your pleasure. Kansas City's original "sunken treasure", 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 night. Check the calendar for details.



We're nearly finished with our new expanded dining room and music venue​, "All Else The Sea". The room offers spacious distanced seating and lots of room for dancing and for large groups. 

Every week brings new additions and improvements. Nicer lighting, uphostered seating, a new bar, the tropical jungle paradise entry... the boat keeps getting bigger and better.

All Else The Sea is sure to become KC's favorite live music club. Come soon, see the progress, and you can tell everyone you remembered when it was all brand new.

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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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