At Ollie’s Local on Martini Corner in Kansas City’s Union Hill neighborhood, you’ll find a bar where everybody not only knows your name, but your drink, too. This self-proclaimed “bar-flavored bar” and restaurant is a collaboration between local restaurateur Eddie Crane and Vince Rook, who owns the building.
The vibe is low-key but ripples with “can-do” American spirit, as friendly waiters in blue jeans and plaid shirts bustle around with armfuls of craft beers and plates stacked with The $25 Burger, a double-bacon cheeseburger served between two BLT sandwiches.
With painted, vintage-inspired wall murals, a casual neighborhood vibe and a decent-sized bar, you can also sidle up and socialize while ordering beer and wine from one of 20 taps, or even cocktails on tap including a Horsefeather or a gin and tonic. One popular drink option is The Working Man’s Friend: a shot and a beer that you pick from a list of five options for $5.
People are also buzzing about Ollie’s two signature self-serve punch bowls meant for sharing. The whiskey punch features bourbon, Madeira, tea and citrus, while the rum punch is made with rum, grapefruit, Maraschino liqueur and citrus juices.
Order one for your table, and it will come with glasses for all and a serving ladle so you can help yourself.
Written by Jenny Vergara. Photography by Zach Bauman. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Ollie’s Local, 3044 Gillham Road, Union Hill, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.541.3961, ollieslocal.com