Kansas City Icon: O’Dowd’s

O’Dowd’s has been an iconic watering hole on the Country Club Plaza for years. You would be hard pressed not to find someone who has a fond memory of hanging out there; whether it is a warm sunny day on their rooftop or a late night of dancing. O’Dowd’s is a great gathering spot, and it holds many memories for Kansas Citians.

photos by Ruthie Stark Photography with Kathryn Snellen 

They recently have re-opened their doors after a remodel and the place looks amazing! Even the outside got a revamp!

The space still has a warm, casual pub feel but it is stepped up a notch with the beautiful herringbone floors and modern lighting.

Their “social hour” is 4-6PM Monday-Friday. They have incredible specials like $3.50 draft beer, $6 mules and $7 martinis!

I met some girlfriends for happy hour to try out some of their new, inventive cocktails and they were delicious. Crowd favorites were the Lavender Lemon Drop (shown above) and the Paloma Heat which is tequila, ancho Reyes Poblano Liquer, Grapefruit, Lime, Jabanero simple syrup all in a bottle. It was surprisingly refreshing with just a touch of heat.

The “snacks” during happy hour are only $4 which is a steal! We loved the Garlic Lemon hummus plate (which had GF cracker options, which I do appreciate) and their Parmesan Herb French Fries.

Whether you are wanting to watch a game, grab a drink after a day of shopping, or hangout somewhere late night,  O’Dowd’s is always a good place to end up at. You will love the fresh look on an old favorite!

O’Dowd’s Gastropub 4742 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64112



  1. Hi — Enjoying your blog! I’m not in KC but I represent an adult beverage that might launch there in May or sometime around there. What is your readership – demo, #s? Do you do partnerships?

    Thank you!

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