Thursday, January 24, 2008

Yard Beers at The Brick


I'm going to let you in on my little secret. I LOVE The Brick. For those that don't know how I roll, I determine around 3:30 in the afternoon if I am going to be able to leave work early enough to grab a beer before I go home. So I try to find someone at work who wants to go get a drink or I call Wes or some other people I know downtown. Some people like to have a little more notice than 30 minutes so I'm oftentimes left to go for a beer by myself. I'll be honest, sometimes I don't try that hard to find someone to drink with, I want to be alone and I go to The Brick.

Tuesday night this was the case, I kind of wanted to hit Crosstown Station but it was closed again at 4:30. I can't believe my luck with that place. Wes' review is fantastic, but all I ever see is the lock on the front door. I was stuck with no real plans again and I didn't want to end up at the Stables. As I walked to the car, I could see The Brick's sign sticking out a couple of blocks away. So I pulled a Uey on McGee and headed south to The Brick.

I parked right in front of the bar with no meter to feed and walked in. I had my choice of seats in the place, well except for the barstool where the bartender was prepping napkins and silverware for the evening. While there was no one in the bar you can tell they're going to have someone in the bar later by what the bartenders/servers are doing. Since she was actually preparing for people instead of doing shelf cleaning (like the lady at Studio was doing last week), I know that they're going to have a crowd. She quickly got up and got behind the bar and asked me what I was drinking. I asked what the happy hour special was and she told me the special was $1 yard beers (Hamms, Schlitz, Old Style and PBR). I decided to try my first Hamm's. DON'T EVER DO THIS! Hamm's absolutely SUCKS. It was the first beer I wanted to shotgun since I was a freshman in college, not because I wanted to get drunk, mind you, but because I wanted it gone as quickly as possible. Another dude walked in and sat down at the bar and started work on a crossword puzzle. I was sitting there enjoying an episode of Closed Captioned Law & Order (It was the season premiere from the first year Dennis Farina joined the cast) and despising my beer.

Then from the radio in the kitchen we heard the news. Heath Ledger was found dead. You may have heard about this. I was not quite move to the point of tossing a chalupa against the wall, but I was moved enough to get up and go towards the kitchen to hear the radio. The bartender ran to turn the stereo system to NPR which was what was on in the kitchen (that's right the kitchen staff at The Brick listens to NPR and hates Mike Huckabee which is a whole 'nother story). It was quite shocking to hear of someone younger than me dying. I'm going to take responsibility for this tragedy because I ordered a Hamm's. But now that I know I have this power, I'm going to try to find the beer that offs the untalented and then we won't be subjected to Josh Hartnett or Julia Stiles movies (too harsh?).

So anyway, I had a PBR to wash down the Hamm's while everyone discussed our theories of what happened. I'm pretty sure the NYPD will be interested in our conversation so they can crack the case. I highly recommend The Brick especially on Tuesday nights with the $1 yard beers and free Wii bowling, but I prefer if you get there after I go home because I enjoy the solitude. I've been there multiple times alone and have always enjoyed myself. I've never been in there and felt awkward or scared or anything like that, I just feel welcome, like I would in my neighborhood bar.
DAILY SPECIALS
MONDAYS
Rural Grit 6-9pm/ Brodioke Ultimate Karaoke 10pm-3am

TUESDAYS
TACO TUESDAY
.75cent Tacos
Wii Bowling 6-9pm w/ shows to follow!

WEDNESDAYS
"Anything Goes Open Mic Night" 9-Midnight
2-4-1 Burgers
Buddy Lush Phenomenon 7-9pm!

THURSDAYS
$5 Pizzas
FRIDAYS
TRIVIA RIOT!!! WIN $$$!!! Bring your wits from 7-9pm

SATURDAYS
Brickfast- Delicious Brunch food & Biscuits and Gravy Bar starting at 11am!

Dinner & A Movie 5pm and 7pm...

SUNDAYS
SOUL SUNDAYS
Fried Chicken, Pan Fried Cat Fish, or Meatloaf
served up with mac and cheese, mashed potatoes,
beans, corn bread and cobbler $7.95!!!

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Last Tuesday of each Month!
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3 comments:

  1. The Brick is one of my faves too. Best karaoke in KC proper, and mellower trivia nite than record bar. The staff is pretty great too.

    And what were you thinking not ordering Schlitz?

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  2. I'm a PBR guy, I thought I would try a Hamm's. It was a mistake so I went back to PBR.

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  3. downtownlocaldude68January 30, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    I agree with your notions of the Brick...a great place. I haven't been able to see crosstown station either...would love to.
    I do have to say I love the studio. I was there the same night the bartender, I think her name was Sharvay or something was cleaning bar shelves. She told me they added liquor choices and was cleaning as they rearranged. I stayed through the evening and it got quite busy, seemed to be local loft patrons and the head bartender from McFaddens, Ziggy...cool dude with a mohawk. He said he hangs at the studio. We played the crack machine. I also met a big wig from the sprint center who clued me in on what's involved with changing the arena from event to event...quite an undertaking. Anyway as I ramble......Guiness does that to me! I enjoy meeting locals as much as drinking beer.

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