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Velvet Dog

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Velvet Dog

The Velvet Dog on 31st

Photo: MA McNeish-Sharp

The Bottom Line

When one thinks of Kansas City’s original martini lounge—only one place comes to mind, the great Velvet Dog. This Union Hill hotspot was the first establishment to hunker down in what’s now considered KC’s Martini Corner which includes next door neighbor, the Empire Room and uber fashionable Café Trocadero across the street.


  • Seving up some of the greatest martinis in town.
  • Huge patio is perfect place to hang out in warm weather.
  • Food is served late for late night munchies.


  • Drinks go down so smooth, you might lose count.
  • Don't wear shorts and a t-shirt.....


  • Location:400 E. 31st St., Kansas City, MO 816.753.9990
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 4pm-3am and Sunday 6pm-3am
  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4-7pm
  • Wear Haus: Showcases Kansas City's Most Talented Designers, Thursday 5-9pm.

Guide Review - Velvet Dog

The Dog, as the regulars call it, is easy to find— it’s perched within an eye shot of the KCMO “Eiffel” tower on 31st Street. This nighttime spot with it’s sophistication, cool and chic red walls is the place where the hip urban crowd and young professionals collide over an expertly shaken concoction of cocktails. With 17 martini’s to choose from-including the signature Chocolate Martini, the delicious Chambord, and the French Silk made with Guinness and Bailey’s—at $7 a pop, you might find yourself losing count on just how many you’ve had.

The Velvet Dog also has sophisticated bar food at its finest-think hummus, artichoke fritters, pizzas and sandwiches which are all served until about 2am. With pool tables and an upstairs lounge there are plenty of places to stake out—although the later it gets, the more you’ll find yourself squeezing around your chic counterparts. If the inside crowd grows a little too close, head outside for a round of bocce ball on their one-of-a-kind patio, or just sit back and make friends at one of the many tables over a yummie cocktail or two.

If you grow tired of sanding still and want to shake it, head across the street to the owner’s other bar, The Empire Room to get your dance fix.

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