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WELCOME ABOARD!

We're glad to have you on board The Ship, your West Bottoms port of call since 2014. We serve up the finest cocktails, refreshements, lunch, dinner, and local live music in our restored 1935 vintage original barroom and now offer more seating and space in our new "All Else The Sea" room on weekends and for live music shows.

 
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THE ORIGINAL SHIP BAR

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.

 
 
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ALL ELSE THE SEA

If you haven't sailed with us in awhile, be sure to check out 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 large groups. 

All Else The Sea is quickly becoming KC's favorite live music club. With our exquisite sound and lighting, combined with comfortable booths and huge bar, we look forward to becoming "your joint".

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OUR HISTORY

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.

 

LOCATION & CONTACT

LOCATION & CONTACT

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

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