Bridgers Bottle Shop

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

510 Westport Rd
Kansas City, Missouri, 64111
United States

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Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.39
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
8
pDev:
3.64%
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Bridger's Bottle Shop is the second and newest bottle shop in the Kansas City area, following the path that was paved by Bier Station's ownership petitioning to get the laws changed in Missouri to allow such an establishment. For those that are unaware, the combo bar + to go retail beer shop is a new thing to this area. I will caveat that I can't help but compare Bridger's to Bier Station in some ways, because they occupy a similar space in the market. That said, I think they also have slightly different strengths and weaknesses, and there is more than enough room for both places in the city.

First, the positives:

Food. Bridger's has teamed up with a local food place, The Local Pig, to include something called Preservation Market as part of the shop. They have sandwiches, salads and small plates that focus on preserved meats, pickled items and cheeses as the basis for all their items. The Local Pig does excellent charcuterie and meats, and that quality is reflected in Bridger's menu. I've had one item off their menu--some bacon-wrapped chicken livers--and it was delicious, albeit not cheap for the size. The presence of the restaurant allows them to do pretty frequent beer dinners, which is a nice feature.

Events. As noted, they do beer dinners pretty often, and they seem to have a good mix of "rare" hard-to-get brewers and local favorites. They also do special tasting events when warranted. During the recent inaugural Kansas City Craft Beer Week, they worked with our local Shelton Bros. distributor to host an Anchorage beer tasting, which included some excellent and hard-to-grab Anchorage brews, including the mind-blowing Deal With The Devil barleywine.

Selection. Though they unfortunately don't sell any full sixers of any beer since their entire setup consists of individual bottles (of all sizes--12 oz to 750 mL), they do have nine coolers full of individual beers with a beer for everyone. All the 12 oz bottles are sold as mixer sixers, and the 22 oz and 750 mL bottles are obviously sold as individual bottles.

There are some drawbacks to Bridgers, but I'll be brief, because overall I think they have the makings of a quality shop.

First, being in Westport (which is a bar/restaurant area of KC), the atmosphere can get pretty rowdy on Fri/Sat nights. This is one of the areas that they are in direct contrast to Bier Station, which has more of a neighborhood bar chill vibe. I personally prefer the latter, but there is a time and place for the former, and some people may prefer a little more rambunctious crowd during their night out.

Second, the to-go prices are a little on the high side compared to other liquor stores, so what you gain in convenience and selection, you certainly pay for. And as noted, the food is a little pricey, but well worth it for my money. Just know that going in.

Lastly, they only have 6 taps on at any given moment, which limits their selection if you are looking for something that doesn't come out of one of their coolers, and when I go to an establishment, I'd just assume have a beer on tap rather than a bottle, which I can have at home.

Again, overall, I think Bridger's has a recipe for success. What they lack in economy and atmosphere, they seem poised to make up for in food and events. The service has been spot-on every time I've been there, and the manager and employees are friendly and eager to help out anyone with a question.

Jul 15, 2014
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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I had a nice Saturday evening here with the wife.

The space was a little noisy, but not so bad that my wife and I could not carry on our conversation. Dim lighting and the window tables provided a good vantage point to observe the varied humanity that is westport. Seating was several tables and two narrow planks that served as leaning posts and a spot to set down your glass.

Ordering food involves filling out an order form. Simply check the box next to the sandwich, salad, appetizer, or shared cheese plate of your choice. For beer, you may select from a vast selection of bottles in convenience store style reach in coolers, or select from a smaller selection of beers on tap. Beer is organized by type/style for your convenience. There are also non alcoholic options available.

The food itself was outstanding. In collaboration with Local Pig, Bridgers offers gourmet sandwiches from their Preservation Market. I had a pulled pork sandwich with spicy pickles and a cumin aoli. My wife had a salad, which she said was very good. We also ordered deviled eggs that were thoughtfully prepared, but not my exact cup of tea.

The beer selection is quite large. On tap, I enjoyed a Founders Devil Dancer. My wife, who is not a beer drinker, had a a Founders Rubaeus, also on tap. After dinner, I perused the coolers and discovered, to my delight, a Rochefort 10. This was my first time with this beer and it was amazing.

All of the beer in the coolers are priced either "for here" or "to go", with the "to go" price slightly smaller. There was also a build your own six pack available. Bottle sizes were standard 12 oz bottles with bombers and 750ml bottles mixed in. A trough filled with ice and tall boy cans of PBR and Schlitz were also offered for $3. Prices of bottled beer were about what you could expect to pay for craft in the area at other bars.

Overall, this is a great spot to grab a great beer and a great meal for a reasonable price. We paid ~$25 for our meal and two draft beers. The Rochefort was $9.75, but that was desert, and we don't all order desert.

Cheers!

Jun 22, 2014
Bridgers Bottle Shop in Kansas City, MO
Place rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 8 ratings