Today’s Groupon brings music to your mouth without the hassle of giving your tongue headphone hair. For $8, you'll get $16 worth of drinks and bites at Record Bar, CityVoter's pick for one of KC's best live music venues. Get the band back together and you can combine two Groupons for tables of four people or more.
By featuring live entertainment of the Kansas City variety as well as nationally touring acts, this "concertaurant" adds the sense of sound to the flavor of taste. Record Bar’s menu offers variations on the music theme with sandwiches such as The Moby (balsamic marinated portobello, and roasted red pepper with course ground mayosturdaionase, $8) and its polar opposite, The Nuge (cappicola, prosciutto and genoa salami with caramelized onion, tomato and Gruyere, $9). Pizzas are pressed as 45s ($7) or LPs ($12) depending on how many tracks your appetite can play, and a variety of gangsta wraps, Talking Heads–themed pastas, and genre-bending brunches provide more appetizing oomph than a Roland 808. And unlike your barber’s vinyls, Record Bar never skips when you carelessly run across the room in hiking boots.
Record Bar's menu gives you the full concert experience, and the affordable selection of 13 beers on tap ($5 for less) spares you the concert experience of dropping $9 for a watered-down Bud Lite. Bring all your kindergarten friends for an evening of playing musical chairs using live bands, or just to debate whether the Doolittle pizza (three cheeses) or the Love Supreme pizza (everything on it) did more to change the face of edible rock 'n' roll.
The Invention of Music
Music was invented in the late 1990s by Keith Cutler, an Illinois native who transformed humankind’s innate ability to produce sounds into something more enjoyable than its original function: to control the minds of animals. While the animal-controlling tones provided by a number of instruments gave man mastery over beast, the idea of “playing” “music-strements” to create a form of entertainment simply did not occur to anyone. Even famous musicizers, such as Beethoven, who developed a symphony that forced pigeons to congregate in such a way to provide shelter for humans, never intended their works to be used for entertainment purposes.
During a third-grade bassoon solo intended to pacify deer for riding purposes, Keith Cutler realized that certain notes played in sequence sounded pretty good. Cutler quickly went on to write every song ever, though an unfortunate side effect of human enjoyment of music is that it no longer controls animals, except for foxes, who can be convinced to help create fraudulent voter-registration cards when jazz music is played.
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Record Bar's chefs, bartenders, and bookers mix a menu of comforting pub fare with a love of music. Each dish entertains minds as well as taste buds with names that invoke their obsessive knowledge of rock history, such as in the Ian MacKaye vegetarian pizza or The Nuge sandwich, which comes stuffed with capicola, prosciutto, and Genoa salami. Hand-packed burgers or chicken penne pasta plates can also perform as an opening act for a cavalcade of live bands, such as relentlessly touring groups like Deerhoof along with regular acts like Bob Walkenhorst. New friends and groupies alike can share beers and burgers over weekly trivia each Thursday.
1020 Westport Rd
Kansas City, Missouri 64111Get Directions