Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill
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Taps: 44 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The flea market has some of the best burgers, fries, and other American fare in the KC area. Right in the Westport area, they feature their own parking lot and a nice patio to enjoy a warm day eating great traditional American food and drinking beers outside. Their beer pricing is about average for any given bar, and I wouldn't really consider this place to be a beer bar in the sense of somewhere like the saucer just based on their relatively small selection of craft beers. They have a lot of macros on draught, and not much in the way of bottle selection. A good example is that the only Boulevard smokestack you'll find here on any given day is Tank 7, which is fairly ubiquitous. The food is really great within that core style, though, and they have reasonable beer prices especially with a special.
The servers also tend to be very friendly and attentive even though, as someone else mentioned, they just deal with drinks - you pick up your food yourself.
Perhaps the biggest drawback about this place, like so many other great eateries in the $5 - $12 per plate realm in the KC area (OK Joe's springs to mind) is that during peak hours, the food ordering line can get really, really long. If you want a great burger done the way you really want it, just talk to the cooks when your order's coming up. They're really friendly as well, and quite happy to hook it up for you.
01-21-2012 15:23:34 | More by mdhkc
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I rarely go out of the way to review places that I currently live near, because I believe that we tend to create a different view of a "regular" hang out place. And despite my hometown tag of "Annandale, VA" I actually live about a mile from the Flea Market.
From a purely non-"I love KC hangouts" mentality, this place is good. But if you are from out of town and seek great beer bars in KC based on Beer Advocate reviews, walk up the street and try McCoys and The Foundary.
Back to the Flea Market - great burgers (haven't ever tried anything else in 50+ visits so I don't know about the rest), just a few drafts outside of a normal beer bar's selections, and my favorite bar pasttime - Keno. If you don't know what Keno is ask the first 70 year old lady you see smoking a cig to explain it to you.
Also, bring cash as this place don't take no stinking credit cards or checks.
07-21-2009 20:56:50 | More by Brew34
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went into the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill a couple of times last weekend. A great place. Not much for atmosphere, but the people were personable and the place was a very unassuming yet comfortable place to get a beer. Boulevard seemed to be the dominant craft brew. Had an Irish Red, Lunar Ale, and the Pale Ale. All were decent. Very friendly staff. One day we tried the burgers and they are fantastic and not to be missed.
This place is a good hole in the wall if you want to avoid the craziness or crowd in Westport.
05-11-2009 04:10:47 | More by jyeast101
3.38/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I was really surprised to see this place in the DB. I'm not quite sure that it would make the qualifications for a beer centric establishment but I might as well review it since its here.
Westport Flea Market is located on the far end of the Westport area in Kansas City. Its really kind of nice simply for the fact its away from all the trendy, hip, bars that are located in the Westport. This lends to a rather laid back atmosphere, where a lot of locals come to hang out. As you walk in, lines of Flea Market stalls are on the left side and then you notice that this place is kind of a dive. They have black duck tape on the ceiling covering up cracks, old neon beer signs that look like they haven't been cleaned in decades, and a assortment of mixed and matched tables and chairs. This is a rather eclectic establishment but it works really well for them. The service has always been good, quick to take your order and bring you another drink. While the wait staff does take your order, its up to you to go pick it up. There is a window in front of the kitchen where they call your name and put your food up. If your not paying attention your food could sit up there quite a while before you realize it, especially because it can get rather noisy on the weekends. Their food is great. I don't know if they have the best burgers in town, like they claim, but they are damn tasty. Everything I have ever had there has been great. The best thing is they run food and beer specials all the time.
My biggest problem with this place is it's really not a beer bar. They have a couple nice handles but out of their 20 or so taps, maybe 8 are craft with another 5 that are imports. Some of the highlights were most of the Boulevard lineup including Single Wide, Fat Tire, Skinny Dip, and Pilsner Urquell.
If you are in the Westport area for a couple days and want to visit a really quirky dive, with great hamburgers then Westport Flea Market and Bar and Grill is your place but don't go looking for a good beer bar.
04-22-2009 16:55:41 | More by hwwty4
District of Columbia
2.98/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
Twenty three taps, but nothing truly extraordinary. Most notable were the full range of local Boulevard brews, Warsteiner, and New Belgium's Skinny Dip (new and tasty to me but undesirably described by the waitress). The place is certainly inexpensive. During a Sunday visit, I benefited from $3 drafts. Those would have been $2 had I chosen from the vast selection of standard macros. Certificates on the wall and comments online praised the burgers. I really wasn't impressed (though the fresh-made curly fries were great). The decor is quirky -- with a few flea market stalls ringing the rooms (they're only open for browsing on weekends from 10-5). There are a few pinball machines. Decent mix on the juke box. Live bands later Sunday nights.
I wandered the neighborhood and spotted a few places that looked more interesting, or classy, or entertaining -- but this place had character and some decent, if overly positive, notes on BA. I kept my visit brief and moved along to discover a much better bar in another part of town (Grinders).
For those making a brief visit to Kansas City -- as I was -- I wouldn't recommend this place as some sort of a beer drinker's oasis. It's a neighborhood bar with a friendly staff, cheap brews, and closed-up flea market stalls at night.
09-26-2006 03:28:41 | More by aaron
4.22/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
I put exceptional for food, because I think this place has the best hamburger I have ever eaten, and their 10-oz monsters have received critical acclaim, so it's not just me.
Located just west of Westport, Kansas City's alleged 'bar district,' the Westport Flea market sports midtown's best tap selection, and, in my opinion, most ecclectic atmosphere. It's far enough away from Westport to be devoid of the hubris and pretense of most well-tapped bars, and as such, manages to be an island of reasonable prices in a sea of overpriced macros and mixed drinks.
Located ideally along the 51 bus line that runs from well before opening until about 1AM, and sports a generous parking lot for the driving types.
If you're in Kansas City, this is a great place to spend an afternoon. Now, you have no excuse if you're in town.
01-09-2005 20:58:13 | More by bahua
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Looking for something different?
Good hamburgers and appetizers.
Twenty three taps including:
SNPA, Fat Tire, 3 Boulevard offerings;
Beamish, McEwans, Newcastle, Bass,
Guinness, P. Urquell, Shiner, PBR and lots of macro.
Taps are well cared for and frequently promoted at $2.50 to $3.00 pints.
Nothing of special interest in bottles.
Unique atmosphere- casual with real darts, shuffleboard and more games surrounded by a funky flea market arrangement that has run for over 20 years. The bar itself has lots of beer neons and such, then some of the selling "booths" offer quasi-historic Breweriana. Like drinking in a Salvation Army store!
Food is served cafeteria style- order at the bar and pick it up.
Drink service is good, though I did not run into beer enthusiasts.
Note: No credit cards.
A comfortable place that does not fit most bar formulas.
My thanks to whoever submitted this establishment for BeerFly!
01-08-2005 20:39:53 | More by brewQ
Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill in Kansas City, MO
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.