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The Tavern

Today's Hours (Monday)

4:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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(402) 341-0191


Steeped in history, but modern in our thinking

Located in the heart of The Old Market, The Tavern is your downtown neighborhood bar. Owned by David Kerr (a Scottish import, like some of our beers), we offer a wide range of creative libations served up along with live music, art, poetry and DJs.

Just pull up a stool at our 105-year-old Brunswick bar and enjoy the 25-foot mahogany beauty. The bar sat in the Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City until the 1980s. During its time in KC, the hotel hosted many famous guests, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Babe Ruth and every US president from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan. These guests likely pulled up a stool at the bar, just like you can today (but in Omaha).

Some other interesting tidbits from our history

The Tavern is located in the Windsor Square Building, formerly known as The Windsor Hotel. Built in 1885, it was designed to be a "workingman's hotel," and with its proximity to both the Union and Burlington train stations, it soon became a place for railroad passengers to enjoy a drink and bite to eat during their layovers. The Windsor Hotel overlooked the stalls of a noisy open-air public market to its west from 1903 until the market closed in 1964. Renamed The Windsor Inn, it was the last hotel in operation in The Old Market when it closed on June 30, 1979.

What a bar means to us

A bar is a center of social interaction, a leveler, a community - it should be a place where people from all walks of life can enjoy positive relationships and freely share ideas. With Windsor Square originally being a "workingman's hotel" we have tried to create a space for the working man/woman of today.

The Tavern is a place of no pretense. Whether your drink of choice is a gin martini or a can of Budweiser, we want you to feel comfortable as you sidle up to the bar to meet other like-minded souls and enjoy a drink, share ideas and, of course, have a good time.

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