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The Uptown Arts Bar is dedicated to performing arts in Kansas City presenting original, unjuried and uncensored original art every day of the week. Performers range from improv and comedy, burlesque to belly dance, poetry and playwrights, from mime to music, and so much more!

Greg Patterson, owner of the Uptown Arts Bar, founded the venue in February of 2012 and established his deep conviction about the importance of the arts as the backbone of the bar. His dream was to create a small scale, intimate venue for performers of all variety to make their home. Since he took the chance, the Arts Bar has grown from just a few events a week to one of the busiest venues around. We host an average of more than 50 events a month. The upstairs bar, Niche, open Thursday through Saturday, hosts a stunning hand-made sound system called Meta Hi-Fi and showcases a wide array of electronic music.

Mr. Patterson holds a strong conviction on the importance of giving back to the community. The bar has hosted fundraisers for many different organizations: KKFI community radio, Historic KC, Planned Parenthood, YMCA, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Heartland Chapter of the Alzheimers Association, The Black Archives of KC, and Women in Missouri Politics. We are very proud to be able to contribute to the success of these important groups. He has also presented special remembrances for John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Robin Williams and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kick off your week with Comedy Open Mic hosted by Brandon Bulkley on Mondays at 9, follow up on Tuesdays with music open mic, 9 pm. Then hit the hump on Wednesday with a poetry and spoken word open mic on Wednesdays, hosted by local collective, Poetic Underground, at 9 pm. Every Thursday is KARAOKE, never a cover, always wild.

We also regularly host Brown Sugar Cabaret burlesque troupe, Intelligent Sound electronic music, Kansas City Poetry Slam, Middle of the Mic workshops and features, Brother John’s musical revues, Billie Mahoney tap jams, Potluck Productions staged play readings, 1001 Arabian Nights belly dance and beyond, and Blue Mondays Poetry Open Mic.

The Arts Bar is located near the intersection of Valentine and Broadway in the Uptown District of Midtown, which is the coolest up and coming neighborhood of the city. The bar was built in 1925 and originally named the Betsy Ross Building. We can host up to 150 people between the main bar, the main stage, our upstairs bar “Niche,” and our 2nd floor outdoor patio which lets guests bring their drinks to enjoy the weather and a smoke.

We have a great set-up for shows. Guests can watch and listen to the main stage performance on multiple screens throughout both bars and on the patio. We have led lights which create a great dance vibe for DJ nights, and most importantly there is never a television show on in the bar! The Arts Bar is the spot to get away from the norm and be entertained by something live, original and creative.

Come on along to the Arts Bar and be entertained!

Brandon Dremann | GM amd niche booking |

Jeanette Powers | ED and main stage booking |