In 1915, it opened as part of the Muehlebach Hotel. Now in 2023, it has reopened as Voo Lounge. Downtown Kansas City’s newest piano lounge and cocktail bar has arrived.
This bar has gone by many names, including The Haberdashery and Rendezvous (The Voo. Get it?). Famous visitors include Ernest Hemingway, President Truman, Tom Pendergast, and H. Roe Bartle.
The old hotel has been a part of the Downtown Marriott Hotel system since 1996, but the bar and restaurant space has sat mostly unused since the 1980s. However, a new ownership group decided to put the space — at 1214 Baltimore Ave, KCMO — to use.
“We don’t want to be stuffy,” That’s general manager Derek McCann. “It’s: ‘Sit down here and be a part of the music.’”
Derek said the goal is to balance upscale craft cocktails with light piano entertainment — think: covers you can sing along to, like “Sweet Caroline” and “Hot in Herre.”
As for the decor, 1915 terrazzo floors gleam with polished brass inlays. The walls are also originals with intricate woodwork. Rich green wallpaper and plush seating makes for an intimate feel.
Open: Thursdays-Sundays, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Reservations: Make them here (recommended)
Parking: Valet is $15, or try these nearby parking options.
Food + Drink: Check out the full menu.
Private events: Inquire here.