Ruins Pub

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1715 Main St
Kansas City, Missouri, 64108-1310
United States

(816) 599-6667 | map

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Added by Harrison8 on 04-25-2016

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Crazy vibe/decor. It's wacky. Sat a circular high top table. The beer list is pretty exceptional. A lot of local brews. Some rarities were on tap that night. They take your credit card and pair it with a plastic card like a hotel key card. You place the key card on the screen for the beer that you want and pour as much as you want. It tells you a price per ounce. The highest I found that night was $1.10. I have two minor complaints. I'd like to switch to a new glass foreach pour (they do have those spray washer things). I'd also like an option for glassware that isn't a standard pint glass.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Large space that felt like it "used to be something else", which I guess follows the theme of the "ruin pubs" of Budapest which are housed in abandoned buildings. Square interior with high ceilings and windows. Kooky decor that was amusing and maddening, stuffed animals and toys were stapled above the bar, graffiti on one wall, carousel horses strung up randomly. Cool contemporary photo portraits on another wall. Odd leftover interior details like tan crown molding and brass lighting tracks on the ceiling. It all seemed a bit thrown together and random, just a bunch of pseudo-artsy stuff tossed up everywhere without a cohesive vibe. Eminem blasting overhead just kind of added to the whole "90's teenager bedroom turned into a bar" vibe.

Service was ok, the host randomly sat us at a wobbly table by the bar (a repurposed industrial cable spool) with deep divots in it, not the best combo with glassware, but hey it's edgy man. After 10 minutes or so a waitress came by to explain the self-serve tap schtick, and handed me a pint glass. I liked the setup as a way to easily sample a few beers, but with a crowd clustered around the taps blocking them, it quickly became annoying.

The selection was ok, seemed to be a lot of year-round standard filler from Boulevard, Deschutes, Ballast Point, Oskar Blues, etc. Not a ton of seasonals, but they did have Abraxas so I can't complain. Served in a pint glass I rinsed out myself, but I digress.

Food was average, the Hungarian specialties really piqued my interest, but the goulash was just average. Pretzels were the frozen variety served with a good homemade beer cheese and seeded brown mustard.

The crowd skewed younger and loud, though there were patrons of all ages in the dining area. A group standing around next to us loudly complained to no one that they couldn't have a table in the dining area if they were just drinking. Plenty of open tables in the bar area, kindly stfu please. They eventually piled in the Volkswagen bus parked in the corner (indoors).

Worth a stop if visiting the nearby breweries or galleries in the Crossroads.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The vibe here is pretty cool. It has a typical hipster, rustic vibe, but is well done. Interior decorations include a 70's Volkswagen van which is open for seating. The patio is nice, with one large garage door and a second regular door for access. They have big Janga out on the patio as well. Beer and food were all of quality. Service is a bit of an ironic statement with this place considering their claim to fame is the 40 tap self-serve bar. Ordering food or any of the 12 "premium" taps behind the staffed bar, or any hard alcohol yields fair service. They are even fairly quick on a busy Friday/Saturday night to get you your alcohol swipe card for the self-service tap wall. Beer selection ranges from modest and so-so to absolutely sublime just depending on the week. Overall, it's all quality with at least one beer for any palate. A nice addition to the rotation is a regularly (weekly) updated beer tap menu online. The food is great, and all pairs well with beer. Lovely place to sit and socialize, or try well over a dozen beers.

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Photo of karlm
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This place has a unique Hungarian( this was inspired by bars in Budapest housed in abandoned buildings)/Disney (great vintage cartoons running about the door, Mickey graffiti in the VW bus inside) atmosphere, but mainly it has 40 self-serve taps. You give the bartender your credit card, he gives you a card that will allow you to go to the taps and drink by the ounce. The taps have a description of the beer and tell you the price per ounce. Very good selection, with several locals. And they also have a good tap selection at the bar. For the beer geek, you couldn't ask for much more.

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Ruins Pub in Kansas City, MO
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 4 ratings