The Ship is a Kansas City bar originally established in 1935 shortly after the repeal of Prohibition (well, Kansas City never took Prohibition seriously to begin with, but that is another story). That site closed in 1993 and the Ship was opened in its present West Bottoms location in 2004, complete with much of the original decor.
Describing itself as a classic cocktail lounge, It is a charming little place with a south-side entrance off the alley below the lighted sign but watch out for the lake if it has rained recently. Drinks are cheap, atmosphere is convivial, with a mixture of ages from Millennials to Baby Boomers. And it offers unique entertainment, to wit:
First Wednesdays at 8:30pm "agent provocateur" Dawayne Gilley spins discs from "his outstanding record collection of pre-1950 jazz and blues 78 rpm records with an emphasis on local musicians. He always brings in some never-before-heard treasures. But this isn't a stuffy record-nerd-fes," says the website's description. "Dawayne has lots of deep cuts with soul, gospel, and early r&b thrown in the mix ."
Second Wednesdays at 8:30pm features Dave Creighton on Hammond B3 organ with an evening of "sanctified soulful tunes."
Fridays at 9pm features "Soul Preservers", a rotation of DJs whose records include vintage soul, funk, grit, R&B, disco, and boogie.
And there's more live music: country, jazz, and jam sessions. Recently Ensemble Iberica played their annual show for the Ship; a few months back the Ship featured a Louisiana Cajun band. Delightful stuff, and did I mention cheap drinks?
Check out the website here.
Submitted by LaDonna Sanders