Old School Country at Westport Saloon

Old School Country at Westport Saloon

While we hear a lot of types of music, country happens to be one of our favorites. When we heard that Westport Saloon had live country bands most every night, we just had to make room in our schedule. This old school bar is located at 4112 Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Westport.

The brick walls of Mabry Hall (the original name of the building) were constructed in 1843. Just inside the front door patrons can sit at large tables, and watch people pass by the oversized windows. The slim build of the interior funnels visitors toward the bar, where an extensive selection of whiskeys and tequilas will be found. Heading deeper into the building, you will find the backroom where the stage is positioned. My research showed that they serve food, and have a Happy Hour that runs until 7:00. We arrived in time for that, and found ourselves some seats at the bar.

Westport Saloon

The menu at Westport Saloon is fairly simple, and we surveyed it over a couple Long Island Ice Teas. Wanting to get a real feel for the food, we ordered some hummus, fries, and a Little Class Records Burger. The burger is named for the recording studio that sits atop the bar. The hummus was creamy, and had a dollop of hot sauce on top. This gave a nice little kick when added to a scoop. The fries were pretty standard, but the dipping sauce took them to another level. It was so good that it could easily make you keep eating even though you are full. The Little Class burger had good flavor, but the name was also a good description of its size. Of course it being Happy Hour, all of this food only tallied up to $13.00.

Westport Saloon

With the appetizers gone, and the drinks refreshed, we ordered our dinners. The Po-Boys looked appetizing, so a shrimp and a catfish version were each ordered. Both versions were stuffed full of the main ingredient. Topped with some Fry sauce, Cole slaw, some tomato slices, and a little Romaine, the sandwiches were served on a toasted hoagie roll. Both were accompanied by a handful of hush puppies, that pushed the food volume over the top. While we weren’t able to finish these, we did taste them both. If I had any suggestions for the preparation, it would be a little less salt on the catfish filets. Otherwise these were exactly what you look for in a good Po-Boy.

We sat and talked with the bartenders while waiting for the band to start. They were both very friendly, and happily told us about the roots of this business. Throughout the week they have various music specialties on different evenings. This allows them to highlight specific specialties such as; bluegrass, honky-tonk, local songwriters, blues and harmonicas. On Friday and Saturday evenings they will feature 3 or 4 bands each night. The music mix is definitely old-school country and western. Most of the songs we heard that evening were a mix of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, and other greats. While we also like the new country found on the radio, it is not going to be found at Westport Saloon. What can be found is a great atmosphere for a relaxed evening listening to some local artists. So when are you planning to visit?

By |2018-11-22T06:02:04+00:00March 23rd, 2017|Kansas City, KC Dining, Social Sips|21 Comments

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  1. Joy Generoso March 25, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I haven’t been to any Western Saloon yet. Hopefully I get to visit one. I bet it’s very entertaining to listen country music while having some good food. Surely I’ll be kickin’ my boots with every beat of the music. 🙂

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    • Jeff & Crystal March 25, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

      We hope you get a chance sometime to do some boot scootin’.

  2. Ariane March 26, 2017 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Wester Saloon looks like a fun old school bar! I love small, cosy bars that feature live bands. It’s also great when you get to talk to the other customers or bartender and they don’t make you feel like a stranger!

  3. travelwithtarah March 26, 2017 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Ahh there’s nothing I love more than country music, some good food, and a cold beer! I think I would be right in my element in this place

  4. Evanne March 26, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    This sounds fun! I can’t get over what great happy hour prices those are! I don’t listen to country a lot, but it’s always fun live – looks like a great bar.

  5. Stella the Travelerette March 26, 2017 at 10:35 am - Reply

    This looks like a lot of fun! I like a place that serves up old school country music. And good thing that the food is tasty too. Nothing wrong with a good po’boy!

  6. Samantha Sparrow March 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    I would so love to visit the USA and go hear country music live! Even though I don’t listen to it ordinarily at home, I can imagine it would be so fun to hear live. Westport Saloon seems like such a good value bar, the menu didn’t seem too expensive and everyone loves a happy hour!

  7. stacey veikalas March 27, 2017 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Growing up in Colorado this post is like home for me! Nothing more fun than a good ole honky tonk and some great bar food with some super happy hour prices! Makes me miss home!

  8. Akashdeep Singh March 27, 2017 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Your photos made me hungry and specially the burger. Looks do delectable, would have to rush now to tgif now and experience similiar

    • Jeff & Crystal March 28, 2017 at 5:01 am - Reply

      I’m not sure that TGIF would match up to the taste of these.

  9. Tatum Skipper March 27, 2017 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Looks like some true country cookin. I love how cheap everything is but still doesn’t change the quality of it. I am starving now and could use a good burger.

  10. Bhushavali March 28, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I totally love bars that are built with wood and bricks. It really gives that rustic charm! The food looks appetizing too!

  11. Ana Ojha March 29, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Westport Saloon gives the vibe of Old School Country indeed! The decor is very cozy. The food looks incredibly delicious!

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