Thursday, April 3, 2008

Bash Riprock's

I was down in Olathe last night dropping the kids off at their grandparents' house for a couple of days. Talk amongst Stella and her mother drifted to the new bar a couple of blocks from their home called Bash Riprocks. My mother in law said she thought it was one of those 100 beers on tap type places. It was then that my attention turned from the TV.

I casually brought up the place again as we got in the car and Stella said we should drive by. So we headed over there (it's somewhere around 159th and Mur-len, if those streets intersect, honestly I'm as lost as can be when I get that far south). In the same little mini mall a Minsky's recently opened giving us a good option for pizza when the family congregates at the grandparents' house. We pulled around to Riprocks and decided to go in.

I half expected it to be a Flintstones theme bar which would have been AWESOME! Alas it was not. I'll tell you what it was though, mind numbingly average. Riprock's had a pretty nice little bar area and 6 or 7 flat screen HD TV's. It reminded me of a miniaturized The Other Place. It didn't have 100 beers, they barely had 12 and nothing really interesting. I went with a Smithwicks and Stella got a Boulevard Wheat. Service was nice, nothing memorable. What was memorable was this weird manager guy answering phone calls on a cordless phone in the middle of the bar. He seemed unsure of where to stand and he made the vibe in the place a little awkward.

We drank our beers pretty quickly, got our tab and got out of there. I don't know if all bars in south Johnson County are all as sterile and uninteresting as Bash Riprock's, but it sure seems like it. I don't mean to bash this place, it was just uninteresting and sterile. Plus, with a name like Bash Riprock's it wouldn't hurt them to throw up some Flintstones memorabilia and pictures. Who wouldn't want to eat a Mr. Slate brontosaurus burger, Wilma's fried green beans, Pebbles' bread pudding or Fred's bowling alley fries? I would, let's get this done.


  1. Couldn't agree more. I live less than two miles from this place and was really excited when it went in. I too noticed the wierd manager guy standing around and the service was just average. Austins up the street at 151st is still a better place...hopefully this place will get better. A suggestion for Bash Riprocks is this...embrace the fact that your in the middle of suburbia where everyone has small children. Once a week give a shout out to the families with kids. The previous owners did this and filled it up on a Tuesday night.

  2. Totally disagree with you guys. This place is a great bar with cool folks working there. It's one of my favorite places to hang out and have a beer with my buddies. They also have some really creative guys in the kitchen turning out way better-than-average food. Try the pasta, chicken or mexican dishes. And order the chicken wings "extra crispy and spicy."

    The bar has nice access to many HDTV's and they always find what you want to watch. I'd recommend you give them another try.

  3. The problem with some of the comments is this guy/gal said, "embrace the fact that your in the middle of suburbia where everyone has small children."

    I have an idea for you, leave your kids at home!

    When did American's decide that it is OK to take their slew of children to a bar? Honestly, people want to bitch "can you believe what these kids are doing today?" These are the people who also bitch about making BARS more kid friendly!!!

    Kids do not belong at bars. They never have and they never will.

  4. What KCFantasy said!! FuckingAye!!!

  5. I for one think this is a great place to eat! The food is well prepared, better than average and the prices are reasonable.

    I agree kids do not belong in a bar, but if you want to pop in and have dinner there is a resturant side and a bar side. I usually eat in the resturant side and am never bothered by the noise from the bar.

  6. This is a great little bar & grill in the rapidly expanding area of Olathe, KS on Mer-len south of 159th. St.

    Bash Riprock's features great food and drink specials every day of the week and has live music 2 times or more each month. Bash also features Big 12, Big 10, and SEC TV sports packages.

    Visit this bar only a few times and the entire crew will know your name... Even the managing partner!

    To top it all off, you can go to and become a "Bash Addict" to get a FREE appetizer immediately, birthday freebies and great discounts periodically!

    See you there!

  7. Went to Bash Riprock's last Friday (12/12) and it was packed. They had Live Music and a great party atmosphere? we had a great time. And I was Thankful none of my neighbor's kids saw us have fun!!!!! Keep up the great food, good drinks and live music.