Charlie Hooper's Brookside Bar & Grille

Bar, Eatery

12 W 63rd St
Kansas City, Missouri, 64113-1614
United States

(816) 361-8841 | map

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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Vibe is typical to many social, well-doing bars in the area. Lots of seating in various formats - booths, high-tops, bar seating, and an extended patio. Tap list is maybe a dozen in the interior bar, with a half dozen options at the exterior patio bar. Downstairs is a dance room, or was at one point. Otherwise, the vibe is pretty standard. It's a safe place to take the family for a dinner, or session drink through a sports game, watching on one of their many TVs. Selection is okay, but pretty standard. Service is more oriented towards basic necessities, and isn't so much in tune with craft beer. Food is okay.

Nov 26, 2019
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PSU79 from Kansas

4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I noticed some of the posts about Charlie Hoopers were out of date. This is one of the few places where you get the O'Dell seasonal beers on tap - , isolation and St lupulins.always 90 schilling and always typically O'Dells IPA.

Great selection of IPA's on tap usually at all times.

Service is fast especially at the bar.

You have an outstanding team of bartenders led by Chad (Best bartender award in KC) They are extremely in tune with microbrews and keep Stone, O'Dell, Southern Tier, and Deschutes on tap. Also the bottle selection of Colorado brews as well as world wide is great.

Anytime at Happy Hours the brews I mention are $4-4.50 per pint and Thurssday nights and wednesday nights even less.

Great bar food for sure.

Really worth a visit for beer lovers visiting KC.

Oct 02, 2013
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hwwty4 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

When you first walk into this place you kind of think that its going to be a hole in the wall dive bar in an interesting little neighborhood but you walk inside and it opens up into a nice size bar (albeit dark) with big coolers and several taps. They probably have about 200 beers altogether with 41 on tap. Unfortunately out of the 41, 27 of the taps were either major label domestics or imports. For as many beers as they have in house, they are really lacking in craft brews. The service is always excellent every time I stop in and the food goes very well with an evening of suds. Tuesday night is definitely they best time to go because all imports are 2-3 bucks and every once in a while you'll get a waitress that will give you a Chimay for 3 bucks. I would recommend going to one of the many festivals held in Brookside and stop in to have a pint, but ask for a warm glass because everything is served in a frozen pint.

May 09, 2008
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jokelahoma from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a very nondescript place in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. It's not hard to find, really, but it's really easy to miss. Once you do actually find the place, you may wonder what you've wandered in to. There's wood everywhere. Wood bar, wood bar stools, wood chairs at wood tables, the booths are wood with wooden benches. The low artificial ceilings are painted to look like wood. There's even wood blinds, for cryin' out loud. There are forests that don't have this much wood! This, combined with the low ceilings make it quite dark inside. Yet, for all that, it's very comfortable, in a country home kind of way. It's not terribly quiet inside, but hey, it's a neighborhood bar. What do you expect?

The beer list here is rather impressive at first glance, until you realize it's full of macros and old standards like Heineken, Stella Artois, St. Pauli, etc. They do stretch just a bit with Goose Island Honker's Ale, A Schlafly seasonal, Duvel in bottles, etc., so even though it's macro heavy, it's still much, much better than most bars in the area.

The food is almost all pub fare, but it's done well, and quickly. Depending on the nightly special, you can eat rather cheaply. I had two drafts and two quarter pound hot dogs, and my total tab was less than six bucks. Read that and weep, east coast BAs.

The wait staff is friendly, even to those who aren't neighborhood regulars, such as myself. They seem well informed as to which beers they have available, even if they have to search for a few if you venture off the beaten path (Sapporo, anyone? And no, it wasn't me.).

With a decent beer selection, a great atmosphere, good pub food, and friendly folks, this place is well worth seeking out if you're in Kansas City. Lots of fun!

May 14, 2006
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brewQ from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A big old tavern with lots of character and neighborhood folks.
Without any outdoor lighted signs, I almost missed this place, right at Main street. Wooden floors, a large bar area, a few games including the classic long shuffleboard. Lots of TV sets with a sports focus, which is usually okay with me.Comfortable, slightly funky.

Four sets of 8 taps at the main bar. Half the selections are interesting including: Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, 1664, Pilsner Urquell, Franciskaner Hefe, Honkers Ale and 4 Boulevard choices.

One hundred plus bottles but not enough quality choices- too many Macros, ten Mexicans, the usual culprits. Quality? Bell's Ale and Porter, Rogue, Sam Adams line, 3-4 Belgians and several nice Spaten offerings.

Our waitress was very good- noted new beers and specials and served us promptly. I would say they are $$$ priced but they always have specials at $2.50 a pint or so on something. They beat the touristy Plaza area bars.

A good beer friendly KC choice away from the cocktail crowd.

2007 update- always good specials and food is a value*

Apr 23, 2005
Charlie Hooper's Brookside Bar & Grille in Kansas City, MO
Place rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 7 ratings