McCoy's Public House

McCoy's Public HouseMcCoy's Public House
McCoy's Public HouseMcCoy's Public House
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

// CLOSED //

Notes: Closed 12/18
View: Beers | Place Reviews
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Ratings by marc77:
Photo of marc77
Reviewed by marc77 from California

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Superb location right in the happening Westport district of KC. McCoy's is dimly lit and eeriely calm in atmosphere. The large, centrally located, rectangular wooden bar is well placed and provides ample seating. The decor is mostly of dark, varnished wood, intersperced with geometric velvet striped boothes and odd, non descript photos in the distance, seemingly not meant to actually be looked at. The patio is spacious and a welcome, lively change. Great place to have a few pints, wither inside or out. The menu is fairly elaborate, the food tasty, the pricing a bit steep. Beer quality is excellent and usually flavorful. You must try the Bohemian Pilsner... Their rotating offerings range from average to delicious. I definitely recommend McCoy's as a stop in KC for just one or several pints. Millcreek Brewery directly across the street is a big step down in quality.
Aug 10, 2003
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.49 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Dec 13, 2018
Photo of Billolick
Reviewed by Billolick from New York

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Another worthy Westport neighborhood spot....large outdoor space with a seperate bar, dark wood interior rooms...They brew their own tasty brews, offer a varied menu of quality and tasty chow and provide professional service to their customers....pleasant spot for a few beers and a meal...good spot to go with friends or a date.
Sep 25, 2018
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
One of the few beer joints in Westport I hadn't yet visited. Irish pub vibe, cozy dark interior... 11 house beers on tap, from amber cerveza to a gose and shandy. Nothing groundbreaking, but the Belgian IPA and Newcombs IPA we had were good.

Maybe not the most outstanding place in the area, but a solid choice for sure.
Jul 20, 2018
Photo of Harrison8
Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is a large restaurant with eclectic wall decorations. The outdoor patio is quite nice. Quality is okay. While they produce a wide variety of beers which consume well with a meal, they aren't in-depth, well-refined beers. Service is fair to good, just depending on the night. Selection is typically pretty good with a focus on more session-able or friendly for the average-consumer. Food is good to great, just depending on the night. While it's certainly not the best place to eat in town, it isn't bad.
Jan 11, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Jun 04, 2016
Photo of StonedTrippin
Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
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 and going out type folks dressed up and not at all there for the beers. Apparently there is a club of 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...

edit: this place keeps getting better, somehow seems more charming each time i go in. some of the better bar food around (for real!) and the beers are great. ursa minor brown is one of the best out, and they have nailed other basic styles too. do not overlook this place when visiting kansas city, its become one of my favorites there!
Jun 20, 2015
Photo of Suds
Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

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.
May 30, 2015
Photo of russpowell
Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

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
Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by KZane from Kansas

Oct 23, 2014
Rated: 4 by AndyBeerGuy from Kansas

Aug 11, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Punisher from Missouri

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Blueriverbass from Texas

Aug 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Bsetz from Missouri

Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 3 by travy82 from Missouri

Jun 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by dradair from Missouri

Jun 05, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by 22Blue from Kansas

Mar 25, 2014
Rated: 4 by cambrennan from Kansas

Feb 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Steve907 from Kansas

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by evilcatfish from Missouri

Feb 05, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Wesdrummer from California

Jan 19, 2014
Photo of VegetablesandBeer
Reviewed by VegetablesandBeer from Idaho

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.
Jan 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Dec 26, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
Reviewed by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

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.
Nov 04, 2013
Rated: 4 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Oct 15, 2013
Rated: 4 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Fluffheady
Reviewed by Fluffheady from Illinois

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).
Aug 05, 2013
Photo of TippySelenoid
Reviewed by TippySelenoid from Missouri

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.
Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Dogbrick
Reviewed by Dogbrick from Ohio

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.
Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mikennat
Reviewed by mikennat from Missouri

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.
May 05, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
Reviewed by wmtxbb from Illinois

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.
Dec 28, 2010
Photo of zeff80
Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

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.
Oct 09, 2010
Photo of squaremile
Reviewed by squaremile from Oregon

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.
May 31, 2010
Photo of gixxerman
Reviewed by gixxerman from Pennsylvania

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.
Feb 15, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
Reviewed by hwwty4 from Missouri

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.
Dec 27, 2008
Photo of MarzenMan
Reviewed by MarzenMan from Missouri

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.
Oct 16, 2008
Photo of ndolover
Reviewed by ndolover from Minnesota

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.
Jul 23, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
Reviewed by scoobybrew from Indiana

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.
May 14, 2008
McCoy's Public House in Kansas City, MO
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 219 ratings