Bartender’s Corner: Waldo’s bar scene offers great drink specials, entertainment

Kynslie Otte

The Waldo neighborhood offers a combination of high-profile bars and restaurants and local hole-in-the wall dives.

The heart of Waldo is at a strip of historic buildings at 75th and Wornall Road, but the neighborhood’s unofficial boundaries extend from Gregory Boulevard to 85th Street along the Wornall corridor.

Its location close to campus makes it a popular destination with students, who can ride the Main Street MAX to and from Waldo for free using their student IDs.

The Piano Room features fantastic live music. Swagger Fine Spirits & Food offers an expansive draft beer and whiskey list, and The Well impresses with its spacious roof patio and daily food and drink specials.

The Well

7421 Broadway

The Well is a multi-level bar and grill with fantastic specials almost every day of the week.

The Well’s interior ambiance feels more like a slightly upscale restaurant rather than a bar, but the rooftop patio is a fantastic place to enjoy the weather and a reasonably-priced cocktail.

The atmosphere is laid back and inviting for patrons of all ages.

The Well features happy hour specials 3 -6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.

On Mondays, pints and bottles are half price.

Tuesday offers half-price bottles of wine and specialty drinks and Wednesday features discounted 16 oz. aluminum bottles, whiskey and scotch drinks and bomb shots.

On Thursdays, import bottles, Crown Royal cocktails and “Gatorade shots” are discounted.

Saturday offers discounted Bud Light pints, Corona buckets and Hendricks or Stoli martinis. Appetizers are half price daily.

Sunday is the most exciting day of the week at The Well because there are specials almost all day long, and the brunch buffet is a treat.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch is accompanied by a “Build your own Bloody Mary” bar, bomb shots are half price from 6 p.m. to close and “Late Night” happy hour begins at 9 p.m.

The Well is open 365 days a year. Hours are 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.

The Piano Room

8410 Wornall Road

The Piano Room is curiously tucked into the

corner of a strip mall next to a Price Chopper, but despite its peculiar location, it is a bar worth visiting.

The Piano Room was established in 1978, and continues to offer an authentic piano bar experience.

Dave McCubbin, Kansas City Jazz Hall of Fame pianist, appears every Friday and Saturday to perform his extensive repertoire of jazz, blues, pop and rock. He is also an accomplished vocalist.

The bartenders are friendly, and the drinks are reasonably priced.

Wednesday night is open mic night.

The atmosphere is casual and the patrons are welcoming. The bar’s interior is vintage and cozy, and complements the traditional feel of a truly authentic piano bar.

The bar does not serve food, but it is a short walk across the street to Swagger Fine Spirits & Food.  The Piano Room is open daily from 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m.

Swagger Fine Spirits & Food

8432 Wornall Road

Across from The Piano Room, Swagger Fine Spirits & Food offers great food and an impressive draft beer and whiskey list.

Unlike most pubs, Swagger also serves breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays, and the breakfast burritos are a popular selection.

The atmosphere is casual, and the interior has a rustic feel.

Though the bar may not have the aesthetic swagger its name would imply, it is a fantastic place to have dinner and to sample new beer.

The food is slightly expensive for a bar, but patrons get their money’s worth.

Swagger’s food has been praised by locals and visitors alike, and was featured on an episode of the Food Network’s program, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” with chef Guy Fieri.

Swagger offers happy hour specials on food and drinks from 3-7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Mondays, buffalo wings are 50 cents each, and Flying Monkey pints are $2.

Tuesdays feature $1 crispy tacos and $2 street tacos, along with the evening “Geeks Who Drink” trivia.

Wednesdays offer live music and crab leg specials, and Thursday is steak night.

Whether patrons are visiting for food or drinks, Swagger’s subtle charm is sure to satisfy.

Hours are 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to midnight on Sunday

The kitchen is open 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday.

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