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As one of the most vibrant and fast-growing areas of Kansas City, the West Bottoms is the perfect mix of Kansas City’s past, present and future. The American Royal represents all three with double-dares and deliciousness.
Barbecue and ponies aren’t really your thing? Don’t fret because there’s more to explore. Dolphin Gallery offers masterpieces from local artists, along with archival framing, art consultation and more.
The West Bottoms is also home to restaurants such as The Golden Ox who has been grilling steaks and mixing highballs since 1949, The Genessee Royale Bistro serving fabulous morning and mid-day eats in what used to be a gas station, and The R Bar offering a seasonal menu, music on select nights and a top-flight bar.
Another West Bottoms staple is the antique extravaganza on the first weekend of every month.
Last, but not least, we've heard tell that there’s a speakeasy located down a dusty alleyway, off a seldom traveled street, not quite in the heart of the West Bottoms. Some say it’s called The Ship, in honor of one of Kansas City’s most reminisced, now defunct bars, but we can neither confirm nor deny its existence.
In a world where almost anything is at your fingertips, a serendipitous discovery can be a welcome distraction, and the West Bottoms is the perfect place to go looking.