Mutual Musicians Foundation

(Downtown, Kansas City, MO)

Scooter’s 999th bar, first visited in 2013.

Mutual Musicians Foundation, Kansas City

I came here on the last leg of a 21st birthday party. The birthday girl didn’t make it this far, but I had been putting this one off for far too long. I made it to 3am without following asleep, what’s another hour or two? :)

A registered historic landmark, musicians have been gathering here after-hours every weekend since the 1930s to hold jam sessions until sunrise.

Because of the nature of this tradition, the club room opens at midnight on weekends and doesn’t really get hopping until around 3:00am. For decades the city looked the other way, but a complaint in 2006 forced enforcement of the liquor laws. Unable to serve drinks any longer, attendance fell off and the Foundation was in danger of failure.

Thankfully the cultural importance of this institution was recognized, and special legislation was passed in 2007 making this the one and only place in the entire state of Missouri licensed to serve drinks all night long.

But if you’re here only for the uniqueness of drinking past 3am in Kansas City, you’re missing out on the main attraction. The music here is fantastic. Kansas City’s best have been jamming here for nearly 9 decades, this is a place to go to listen to great music while the beer you buy helps keep the lights on. :)

Mutual Musicians Foundation, Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation, Kansas City

Mutual Musicians Foundation, Kansas City

1823 Highland Ave
Kansas City, MO 64108
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(816) 471-5212

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