McCoy's Public House

McCoy's Public HouseMcCoy's Public House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4057 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, Missouri, 64111-3021
United States

(913) 383-7787 | map

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Neat spot right in the thick of the Westport neighborhood. It has the feel of a hotel bar, 360 degree bar, with probably twelve or more beers pouring. Odd scene on a Friday night, with a mix of beer people angle going out type folks dressed up and not at all there for the beers. Apparently there is a club if some kind attached, and there is obviously some spillover. Made for an interesting vibe, good people watching and much more quiet than other places on the street, which I welcomed. I had the good farmhouse, and it was just that, good. Tropical notes and a lot if body, fun yeast, very alive. Other beers looked moderately less interesting, but everyone in our group enjoyed what they ordered. Bartender Ricardo was super nice, very inviting, appreciated his hospitality. I'd go back but maybe not on a weekend night, seems more suited to a daytime than a late night crowd. Beers were tasty though for sure, just didn't seem to be their only focus...

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Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

On a trip to KC with my family, we stopped in here for lunch on a Saturday. It was busy, but the staff was friendly and prompt. The food was excellent...I had a Mac and cheese with much rooms, asparagus, and cauliflower. The beer selection was varied, with a berlinner Weiss that was outstanding. The feel is pub like, and inviting. Lots of young people, but it still felt comfortable with kids.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Visited with my family over spring break.

Liked the pub atmosphere on the dining side. Seemed family friendly

Beers were alright, none of them were any I buy again

Service was attentive, prompt friendly

6 different kind of beers on offer, not that many, The coffee stout & quad were the most exotic

Food was goo not great, standard pub fare

An alright place, but I see no compelling reason to go back

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Photo of VegetablesandBeer
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have much love for McCoy's because it is where I got my start in the beer world.
Upon returning some years later, I can tell they are really in the groove. Pumping out some pretty excellent and unique beers that have developed and improved over time. Staff has good beer knowledge, and a line-up of veteran bartenders is there to answer the "beer nerd" questions.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Stopped by while we were in KC, and man was it worth it. They have standout food, and their beers were very good. I had the Good Farmhouse, sampled just about everything else, and was not disappointed. Waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. Great place to stop by if you're in the area.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really cool brewpub. I wan’t there too long but I tried a lot of their beers at Foundry the night before. The IPA is great. The deck out front was a nice place to hang out on a Sunday afternoon. Come to this neighborhood if you’re a beer dork. There’s a bunch of interesting beer places (two more of them owned by the same group as McCoy's).

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here to watch some football and drink some beers. It's a nicer bar and well maintained.

The beer's were good, the food was also good. The menu is geared toward foodies. I don't know what a sofrito is. Corn chips? But once I got past the menu the food was good.

The waiter at our table was knowlegable about the beers on tap and was helpful in describing the seasonal and cask offerings.

There were around 8 beers. From pedestrian gateway beers, like wheat and ginger, to the full blown craziness, of a cask russian imperial stout aged with cinnamon, cloves and cranberries.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

(Visited 06/2011): McCoy's is located in the busy Westport area south of Kansas City by Pioneer Park. The brewpub is at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Westport. Parking is dicey in the entire area, and I ended up finding a street spot several blocks away.

The interior has a dark paint and wood motif and hanging lights. Old pictures and school portraits adorn the walls. The bar is in the center displaying TVs on all sides, with restaurant seating all around, and the brewing equipment is in the rear.

McCoy's' beer selection consists of 9 house beers, ranging from lighter options like Wheat, Light, and Ginger Shandy to more robust fare like Oatmeal Stout and Toddy Porter. The beers are pretty average on the whole. They have a 6-beer sampler available.

Service on a weekday evening at the bar was good. The bartender was well-versed in the beers available and was courteous throughout my meal.

I am a sucker for macaroni and cheese, so the Mac Daddy dinner jumped out at me and I was not disappointed. Four-cheese with peas and smoked bacon, 'nuff said.

Overall this is a beer spot that is somehow better than the sum of its parts. I would not say the beers alone are worth a special trip but overall I enjoyed my visit.

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Photo of mikennat
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I am not sure if I would call McCoy's a restaurant or brew pub or bar or... I went with friends for dinner and beer. We did have a good time, and enjoyed the selection of beers we tried. The server and bartender were quick to offer sample of beers we expressed interest in. I like that their beers were revolving and that they had quite a selection that they do make. We did like the food and the atmosphere. The place filled up quickly and people stood around our table with many pointy elbows, which was not enjoyable. I did take home a growler, and I enjoyed it as much at home as I did there. The beer was served properly and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: McCoy's has put a lot of effort into making the brewpub into a down to earth pub yet upscale at the same time.

Quality: the generic brews are decent (such as IPAs, their lager, the unfiltered wheat) but special beers were either mediocre or just awful. I had their '08 imperial/double stout and their dubbel, along with trying a friend's winter warmer and toddy stout. All four were horrible. For example: The dobbel had no head and no carbonation... it a belgian beer, part of the appeal is the billowy head.

Service: Nothing exceptional. I like the professionalism of the staff, but the knowledge base is lacking. Our server didn't know anything about their beer selection. She could talk a little about the flavors but nothing else.

Selection: About 8-10 brews available.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Edit: I have now tried the food. It is pretty tasty. They have some Asian hot wings that are delicious. As for the beer, the IPA is the best of their regular line-up and they currently had some nice Belgian-style seasonals.

Stopped in here last Saturday afternoon. I saw the Westport area was having a pub crawl, so I was afraid the place was going to packed with loud, pub crawlers. This was not the case. It is a nice looking place. It has a large rectangular bar in the middle of the main room. Tanks were visible through glass in the back of room. The beers are good quality. I particularly like the Newcomb's IPA. Service was helpful. They bartender answered my questions about the place and provided prompt service. I'd like to see a larger selection but it was still pretty good. I didn't try the food but the menu looked like it had some tasty and unique items. This is well worth a stop in Westport. I'll be going back in the future.

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Photo of squaremile
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

In the heart of Westport, which brings a whole slew of other issues in the folds. I have been here many times with various groups, and each time there has been some kind of problem with the server dividing up the ticket. Some will, some won't, some agree at first then back out, etc etc. That aside, the beers are fine but nothing special. Decent matches to the style but all fairly mild and underwhelming. No one will complain about that but for someone looking for beer culture, this is not it. The pizzas are spectacular however, and the crowd is either spares and relaxed, or of the d-bag variety in large numbers. Avoid on St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of gixxerman
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had to check out their truckstop Tuesday specials. So I convince a few co-workers to make it our dinner spot. We all agreed it was an excellent decision!

They were a bit crowded, but we were seated within a few minutes.

I started with an oatmeal coffee stout, which was exceptional. As an appetizer we ordered up the fried mozzarella per hwwty4's post below, and damn it was awesome.

I had the truckstop 7.99 meatloaf with fried okra on the side (another 2.59), and it was not only a great value, but a damn tasty and very filling meal.

We were going to hit up the cigar bar, but smoking is no longer permitted in this establishment per Missouri law. They do sell cigars, but you'll have to smoke them somewhere else. I am not sure if their outdoor area is an option, it was raining while I was there and the patio area was shutdown. so we moved up to the bar in the dining area for a few. there is also another larger bar area on the other side of the cigar lounge.

Service was attentive at both the seating area and the bar. This is a cool place. There are alot of televisions, so if you are looking to watch a game you'll be alright. If I am back in town, I would most likely do another Tuesday for the meal and pint (2.50) specials. I only tried one beer (because I liked it so much) and held its own. I really enjoy coffee, and oatmeal stout, so it was a great pairing as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is located in the Westport area of Kansas City. Parking can kind of be a bitch so you have to be creative. If you're there at night I definitely recommend parking in the City Hall lot. I've never been towed. The quality is good, don't get me wrong. They have a good selection of beers, and some good food but nothing is really superb. The handful of times of been down there, everything has been quality but what it isn't is over the top. You cant go there looking for superb beers. What they have is always going to be pretty good, minus there light lager, which is just shit. The food is pretty good, they have some absolutely phenomenal appetizers, especially their fried mozzarella. This is a good place, and definitely a stop in if you're in the KC area but unfortunately the area is a bit pricey.

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Photo of MarzenMan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is great. I don't know if they still do "Truck Stop Tuesday's" in the Winter but if they do you should check it out. They have specials like meatloaf, salisbury steak, etc. All done sort of upscale.

The beer is slightly better than average. I like the hogpound brown. When I was younger and on my first trip to this brewpub I let the waitress talk me and the wife in to ordering a shandy. Maybe I misunderstood but I was expecting a beer with some lemony flavor, like a Boulevard Wheat. Instead we got a shandy, which as most of you may know is beer mixed with lemondae. Never again shandy, never again.

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Photo of ndolover
3.5/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

McCoy's is in an area of town that seems like it has seen a re-birth. A seemingly old part of town that is now filled with aging hipsters.

Inside it has a average brewpub feel, with servers wearing black and some wood and brass in spots. They have a lack luster cigar bar in the back as well.

The beer menu has the normal IPA, Porter, light beer combo...with a couple of odd ball beers that were "out" when I stoped in. Overall the beer was average. Nothing to write home about, but solid fresh beer that beats commercial swill anyday.

The food was probably the shining star. With a great selection that seemed too upscale for a TGI Friday type brewpub. I would reccomend the pizza.

If you are in the area and like the younger hipster crowd and would like a fresh beer...HIT THIS PLACE! However, if you are looking for the holy grail of brewpubs, keep on moving.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 5

McCoy's is located in a trendy/Bohemian part of KC. This is probably the first thing I noticed while walking down there from the hotel. There are lots of hippies and 20-something suburbanites hanging out on a Friday night. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the area which seem a bit up-scale but seemingly relaxed for the most part. Of course, I say this to set the scene, as I think it's integral to how McCoy's approaches their business in their given 'micro-market'. As I walk up to the bar and take a look around the restaurant it is apparent that they serve BMC. While I can see some places see this is a market necessity, this is a big minus in my book for vibe. But I suppose it's McCoy's Public House and not 'Brewpub' or 'Brewing Co.', etc.

With respect to the house brews, the IPA and scotch ale were decent, but a bit over-carbonated and not really outstanding.

The service was attentive enough, but didn't really seem to know beer that well or be able to pick up on a customer's tastes.

The food was excellent! My wife and I had some appetizers (spent grain rolls!) and split a pizza. No complaints - great food.

After our dinner we stopped in the cigar bar. The staff didn't know cigars either - oh, well.

Overall, this is a decent enough restaurant bar, but probably not the best 'brewpub'. I don't know, it just felt like a hipster's TGI Friday's with a cigar bar and a brewery in the back. I just didn't at any point in time get the impression that people were there for the beer - like I was.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Good beer and a great location. The Westport area was hopping the Friday night I was there. We stopped at McCoy's first and would have stayed if not for the bartender who was just a bit off. He wasn't bad, just not very attentive, in the middle of the afternoon, when the place was kinda dead. He had decent knowledge of beer, but not as much as Harry's (the bar across the street). The place is billed as a martini bar, but it had a killer atmosphere, great beer, and not only attentive, but awesome bartenders. McCoy's average. Harry's, awesome beer bar. It's where we closed the bar at 3am. Not bad for a 38 year old.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was yet another corner location, this time in the bustling Westport area. The corner was dominated by an extensive brick and wrought iron patio with a brick and wood enclosed bar area right in the center of the patio. The vestibule entry put me right in front of a wood and glass cabinet, filled with all of their embroidered (!) logo items. OMFG! Why was it so hard to find embroidered shirts, sweaters, or patches on this trip? Thank you, McCoy’s, for providing me with a nice shirt.

Entering, the maitre d’ station was straight ahead, with booth seats and a couple of islands directly behind it. Continuing aft, the serving tanks were visible through a door marked “Authorized Personnel Only”. Wrapping around, to the right, their GABF medals were mounted and framed for display, followed by the “Clean Rest Rooms” (on a sign), and then the kitchen. Continuing to wrap around was a projection screen at the back of a short stage. The stage was flanked on the left by a “Rogues’ Gallery” of children’s photos of the staff and on the right by a long, handwritten poem dedicated to an artillery major. Continuing to pan right, there were two doors with a sign above them marked, “Tobaccos”. This was the separate cigar lounge with leather couches and chairs and a couple of humidors. Coming all of the way around were two more restaurant areas, one of primarily high tables and chairs, the other primarily of booths.

Where had the director of photography been during all of this description? At the bar, mais oui. It was a perfect octagonal shape, with lacquered blonde wood for its surface. By virtue of its design, the back bar was more like an island. My note-taking was taken note of and I became engaged in a nice talk with the General Manager, who let me peek at the mysterious, off-limits second floor, accessed by a stairwell used only by the staff .

My pick for beer here was a blend, believe it or don’t: 2/3rds Red Light Raspberry and 1/3rd Thompson’s Dry Stout. Definitely dry and nicely refreshing on a hot day. What about their IPA? Read my review.

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Photo of Dansting
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Sunday afternoon (around 2 PM) with a friend. The weather was beautiful, so we sat outside on their deck, which was nice. We were seated almost immediately, and our order was taken within a minute of being seated. We each ordered a sampler. After a couple minutes the waiter brought us each a water (which we didn't even ask for, so that was a plus) and a minute after that we got our samplers. The waiter set them down and walked away without explaining which ones were which. Eventually I was able to figure it out, but he should have at least told us the names of them. My friend wanted to order some pretzels, but they were out of them. We had our samplers, and wanted to know if they had any beer besides what was in the sampler. He said they had a Peach Wheat, but then he said they ran out. He did give us a free sample of their "Golden Ale" which I had never seen here before, which was nice. They also had a "Cask-Conditioned Brown Ale" which was different than the Hog Pound Brown (besides being cask) which was by far the best beer I ever had at McCoy's. The other beers were middle of the road. Not a bad place to hit if in the KC area, but I prefer the 75th Street Brewery a lot more.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I tend to get “downtown driving anxiety” so I’ve only been to McCoy’s twice, but it is another excellent craft beer establishment that I was fortunate enough to visit as part of a well planned business trip to Kansas City. I really must start out by saying that I had the best steak dinner of my life, bar none, at this place and the beer is some of the most imaginative that I have ever tasted! The combination ‘left my head spinning’. The atmosphere is really well done; inviting and comfortable including an elaborate sitting room with leather loungers. The staff is attentive and very knowledgeable about the beer selection. I highly recommend McCoy’s and to add to that I can say that of the seventy-some breweries and brewpubs that I’ve visited in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Boston and the Midwest McCoy’s stands out as one of the best. Opinions…hey, everybody has one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Managed to visit over Christmas holidays. Located right in the heart of Westport, would not want to be here on a Friday or Saturday night. Huge place, really with a big, almost square bar area and lots of tables spread out across at least 3 rooms/areas. Motif is sort of mellower version of TGIF's with a little higher class furniture. Bar is comfortable, service was great even if they didn't really know anything about beer. Food was plentiful and really well priced for lunch. Great and I mean great Cigar room. Big comfy leather chairs where they serve you brews while herfing on your favorite stick. Beers were of moderate to decnet quality, not a clunker in the bunch but no stand-outs. I'd say they had 5-6 on when we were there.
Overall, not a bad place and could easily make the visit again on my annual sojourns to KC.

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Photo of brewQ
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Have visited 3 or 4 times and just getting around to a review. I think that cumulative experience is bettter than a one shot perception in most cases.

I really enjoy the atmosphere. Comfortable and eclectic with the brewery and the beers very much up front. As an occasional cigar smoker, the comfy longe in the back is fantastic. Heck, I've gone in without a cigar a few times because no one is in there and they have great ventilation! (Kind of a private party room).

Bartenders are good and knowledgeable. I noticed a group of young women drinking the Raspberry brew and the Shandy- both low hop offerings. Maybe they're on to something if it brings or keeps more women at the place.

I skipped to the Begian Dubbel and the IPA. The Dubbel was my favorite this time. I found the IPA too fruity and citric- almost an orange assault without enough malt to balance it. (I'll leave that to my beer reviews).

Did not dine on this visit but have found the food good and a good value on other visits. (Got my my brother-in-law a $10 steak dinner and craft brew for cheap on his first KC visit).

A case could be made, all things considered, that this is the best brewpub in the area- though I'd like to see more competition).

PS I believe they do offer growlers to go and even 22 ounce bombers!

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Photo of tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

McCoy's Public House is in the Westport neighborhood of KC. It is the big pary area. I like to go down there for special dinner's and when I have company in town. The clientel ranges for the yuppie crowd to the old man at the bar. Big circular bar with some flattys hanging around it. Lots of wood finishing. There is a cigar room. 5 regular offerings and 2 or 3 seasonals. Newcombs India Pale Ale is there best regualar offering. Food ranges from bison chili, to homemade mac'n cheese. Always worth a visit.

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Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited McCoy's following the brewfest in Parkville, MO about a week ago. I was joined by BAs beerlovergirl, bditty187, and bluemooner. It was a very enjoyable and recommended place.

All in all, McCoy's is pretty big. There is a large patio in the front that faces out over Westport Road. Inside, the downstairs is very spacious with a large, U-shaped bar in the middle. There were people going upstairs, but I'm not sure exactly what is up there or how it is set up. They sell cigars here and have a decent size cigar and pipe smoking room. There are leather chairs and sofas and a large television. The decor didn't shout any particular or deliberate theme (sports, Irish, English). I like that. It just had a warm, cozy feel. It was pub-like, but also had the feeling of an old house.

I think that they had about six of their own beers on tap. I only got to sample the IPA and it was great. I agree with bditty that it is very similar to Goose Island IPA, which is one of my favorites. I wish I would have got to sample more of there stuff. On a side note, they were represented at the brewfest earlier in the day, but they were ill-prepared. At a five-hour festival, they were out of two of their four beers within an hour, and were completely tapped out after two hours. Very strange.

Food and service were both great. I only had a burger, but it was very good. The dishes that everyone else had looked delicious and seemed to be enjoyed all around. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly, but still very professional. I watched a few of the other servers and they appeared the same way.

A great place that I will visit again in the future. I hope that I get to sample more of their beers.

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McCoy's Public House in Kansas City, MO
3.62 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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