Known throughout the world as the birthplace of jazz, this historic district once hosted such legendary musicians as Count ... More
18th & Vine District
Known throughout the world as the birthplace of jazz, this historic district once hosted such legendary musicians as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Turner and Charlie Yardbird Parker. After a multi-million dollar makeover, the area is now home to the American Jazz Museum , Negro Leagues Baseball Museum , The Blue Room Jazz Club, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center and the newly-restored Gem Theater. This is considered one of the top attractions in the Kansas City area. Visiting the district is free, but individual attractions charge admission fees.
I remembered Danny's Big Easy from 16th Main, they are now across from the Blue Room. The place is beautiful, the food is outstanding. All of the kitchen staff, servers and bartenders are either family or friends so they really go the extra mile, very polite and helpful. They love to have fun.
This a really neat place , you can learn a lot about the negro leagues baseball teams (something that a lot of people dont know about) also the jazz museum is great. The museum is also one of the top jazz clubs in the country.There is also a great soul food resturant (The peach tree)right there on the vine. It will be well enjoyed..
18th and Vine is a good day out because it combines several things - there's something for baseball and sports fans, music fans, history buffs and great food at the Peachtree restaurant. Instead of going to one museeum that has one basic theme, this area mixes things up which prevents the day from getting dull.
Our party of 8 enjoyed the food and atmosphere tremendously. The service was so bad that we gave up trying to get better! Examples: 1) a side salad was delivered AFTER the meal had been consumed 2) NO BUTTER ever was brought to the table 3) Drinks and refills came in spurts or not at all 4) many menu items were unavailable we were told 5) after requesting a cup of coffee after our meal we were told several minutes later that all the cups were dirty and in the dishwasher so no coffee was available!!
We never made a scene or even complained to the management. Our server was so incompetant that when we asked "why" she just shrugged her shoulders!! And guess what? The tip was INCLUDED on the bill! We tried to flag down other wait staff but we were ignored. We all still can't figure out this level of "We just don't care".
I am a born and raised Kansas Citian and I have to say 18th and Vine is a very nice spot to visit. I enjoy the Peachtree restaurant as well as the Blue Room. The only draw back is there aren't enough attractions in Kansas City, much less the Jazz District, to keep you coming back over and over again. If you go to the Peachtree be prepared to eat a gut full and leave satisfied. Try the peach cobbler it is wonderful! I get some to go whenever I'm in that part of town! I've heard rave reviews about the smothered pork chops but I prefer the catfish anyday. The Blue Room is a great place to go and hear some authentic jazz music. I love the atmosphere here! There are tables with actual fliers and different assorted memorabilia from the '30s and '40s when that district was up and coming. The Gem Theatre is another great place to see events and the Jazz/Negro Baseball Museum is also a seldom visited, but unforgetable place. If you come to Kansas City one thing that you will realize is that much of Kansas City is "under construction". We are in heavy competition with the rest of the "major" cities and as you'll see a lot of our attractions are a work in progress.
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