1217 Union Ave
Kansas City, MO 64101 Kansas City Rate and review

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Originally located at 411 East 10th Street in between Oak and Locust in downtown Kansas City, The Ship was a grand lounge opened shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1935, reportedly opened by Ethel Mae Wright, companion to a gentleman of means and questionable repute.



Mike Salvato and Jasper Mirabile returned home from the Pacific Theater in WWII and assumed command of The Ship in 1950. In the mid-50’s, Mike aquired sole ownership when Jasper moved south to open his beloved Waldo neighbohrood restaurant. Mike and first mate Tony Cropis continuously operated the bar for 60 years. The Ship was a popular destination for a diverse mix of Kansas Citians and visitors, from judges and politicians to prostitutes and hoodlums. The Ship was reknown for boarding all passengers regardless of class or means.

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Lorna K's Honky Tonk Tuesday

Lorna K's Honky Tonk Tuesday

on Tuesday, 17 Sep, 7:00 PM
at The Ship
1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101
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Lorna Kay's One Night Stand: The August Version is here to cold beer and single tear you away from the blistering heat. Come and relax with a full menu, bar and full night of country classics.

Live Jazz with the Creighton Organization

Live Jazz with the Creighton Organization

on Wednesday, 18 Sep, 8:00 PM
at The Ship
1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101
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Showtime 8p | Free Admission

Jazz Night: Creighton's Organic All-Stars

Jazz Night: Creighton's Organic All-Stars

on Thursday, 19 Sep, 9:00 PM
at The Ship
1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101
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Showtime 8p | Free Admission Sanctified Organ Groove Jazz with Creighton and a whole bunch of talented badasses.

Disco Sucks! with Stevie Cruz

Disco Sucks! with Stevie Cruz

on Friday, 20 Sep, 9:00 PM
at The Ship
1217 Union Ave, Kansas City, MO 64101
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Showtime 9p | Free Admission Smooth sailin' to dance party heaven this Friday w/ Dj Stevie Cruz.

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A simple exterior gives way to this cool speakeasy offering classic cocktails & live entertainment.

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