400 E 31st St, Kansas City, MO | Directions 6410839.070930 -94.579899
Neighborhoods: Union Hill, Near Downtown
What Happened to the Menu? – The Velvet Dog has undergone many changes in the past few years. The ambience remains edgy, fun and relaxing. What happened to the MENU? Philly Beef or Chicken Nacho's piled high, Signature Slider Selection platter served with Sweet Potato Fries and a one of a kind Marshmellow Cream Sauce!? The Tri-Hummus perfecta with toasted pita points... This list goes on and on. It seems that the Chef is always changing, yet we find the same unappealing sausage/cheddar dog on the menu! The staff seems to have a chip on there shoulders. It would be nice to be greeted with a smile, and feel welcome to come and hang out to a game of Ski-Ball?! Whatever the case may be, don't over think your crowd and customers. Best bar? Perhaps if the menu can meet the stature of the Martini!
best bar in martini corner – The Velvet Dog has changed a bit lately, though it's still a great place to have some drinks. I'm disappointed they removed the bocce ball court from the patio, but the new bar IS definitely an improvement. It's nice in the warm weather to shoot some pool outdoors.
This bar has lots of nooks and crannies for more intimate conversation, yet you can also always meet someone interesting and new.
Fun times fun times.
Nice trendy place for cocktails – I always enjoy the dog... sometimes it gets a little to crowded for my taste but always top notch service and drinks.
yes – I'm going to have to say this is a great place to be. Any drink you can think of, you can get. It's relaxing up on the 3rd floor lounge area so you can have a more intimate setting and conversation.
A lounge serving top martinis in a smooth atmosphere. – The Scene
Velvet is the correct term. The walls are a deep red; vintage lamp shades dangle from the ceiling; the artwork is lush and striking--it's a lounge with texture. The leather booths give you more than adequate close quarters to make the first move. The rather large patio is opened up in the warm weather; challenge your date to a bit of flirty competition in bocce ball.
Martinis. If you like your 'tinis traditional, they've got smooth and dirty ones. If you like yours with frills, they serve cosmopolitans or Blue Moons with Malibu rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and a splash of milk. Don't worry--they're all equally powerful.
Best in KC – This is definitely my favorite bar in Kansas City. I now live in New York, but always make a special trip to the Velvet Dog when I return home. The atmosphere is fabulous both inside (laid back retro feel) and out (almost like you're in your own backyard, but with cool gear everywhere). Prices reasonable for the value...especially the Martini Navratolovas!
Overpriced and snotty! – If you like going to a place that charges $5 for a bottle of beer and being around people who think they are the most beautiful, smart, and trendy people in the world, then you will love the Velvet Dog!
KC's Coolest – Definitely one of KC's coolest bars. Great mixed crowd with an artsy bent. It's divey and sophisticated all at the same time. The closest thing to a Hollywood bar in KC. Bartenders make some of the best martinis and cosmos in town. The back patio is the place to be when weather is good, with an outdoor pooltable and bocci ball court. It's also great to be able to bounce across the street to The Dog's sister bar: The Empire Room - which is just as cool.
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