CH47 (14) Kansas | October 11, 2009| Updated October 28, 2009
Located in the Crossroads District of Downtown KCMO, Grinders has niched themselves into the Beer, Art, Food & Music community. The ambiance is of an excellent dive with plenty of art from regulars and locals. The craft beer selection is quite possibly the best in the KC metro area. Grinders menu contains a wonderful selection of pub grub which includes Proper Phillys’s and Hot wings and NY style pizza which is out of this world. The waitstaff is quite knowledgeable their disposition adds to the feel of the dive ambiance that I look forward to. Music selection is usually "whoever’s" iPod. There is a small venue located out back that pulls in some decent shows. Grinders has expanded onto a different front, rather west with Grinder’s West which is a completely different cuisine but also delicious.
A dive with a vision. Plenty of unusual beers on tap when we visited, to go with unusual waitresses who were unusually inked. We had a bacon-cream cheese-chive pizza with a pile of tater tots and chili in the middle of it. It was the right thing to do. Narrow-room bar with plenty of strange art and other oddities on the walls and elsewhere. A comfortable, casual joint that would be a regular haunt if I lived in KC. Cheers to the server who let me snap a photo of her Vader and Boba Fett tatts.
Awesome place! A cool little bar with an awesome outdoor view of the skyline. Beer selection was very good. Service was good, knowledgeable about the beer, but could seem a little busy at times to help a non-regular. Seemed to be a lot of regulars there. The food kicked ass. The pizza with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers rocked! I really enjoyed this place.
I liked the looks of this place, very hole in the wall like! You could just smell the grease, and the night we went they had Cake playing out back so the music was good too. The young lady who served me a beer impressed me as she seemed to care quite a bit about my order despite the fact that the whole bar was packed, I was pretty impressed. The beer selection was nice, a few interesting things on tap... of course plenty of Boulevard. I got a Southampton Altbier and the wife had a Bells Cherry stout. Pretty nice place.
Strebs (221) St. Louis, Missouri | July 6, 2011| Updated July 2, 2012
Funky is definitely the word to be used to describe Grinder’s. Add great pizza and good beer and this place is a winner. The fact that the brewers from Boulevard hang out in here should be enough to recommend it.
Visited in the middle of the week. Nice selection of bottles and taps. Food was above average with decent prices. Nothing stands out, but well worth the time to visit. It is near a lot of other places of interest.
RE-RATE (11/08) the last two times I have visited, they have really toned down the music. Additionally, both the food and service have been great. Certainly near the top of KC beer places. Upped rating to 78.
ORIGINAL RATING (03/07) I had read about this place in local media, and on Beer Fly, and had fairly high expectations going in. Kansas City is a bit short on beer bars, and I thought Grinder’s could be one. The beer list was nice, certainly better than most places you go, though nothing way out there. I would call this a bar with a nice beer list, rather than a true beer bar. Service was OK, took quite awhile for me to be served at the bar for lunch, and there were 4 servers on, and maybe 8 customers in the place. I actually had to ask for help. The music was up way too loud, and not to sound like an old timer, but I hate having to shout my order across the bar when the place is 95% empty. The food had been reviewed elsewhere as extraordinary, and I found it only a bit above average. I had the Philly cheesesteak and it was tasty but not exceptional. 72
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.