P.S. Speakeasy

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48 reviews
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Speakeasy
Hidden from the long arm of Prohibition-era law, Kansas City’s speakeasies welcomed revelers seeking good spirits and a spirited good time.An affectionate nod to the city’s glamorous, freewheeling nightlife, P.S. is Hotel Phillips’ contemporary incarnation of the 1930’s speakeasy, artfully crafting cocktails concealed in a long-forgotten basement mail sorting room, accessible only by an unmarked door. Under the radar, underground and undercover, P.S. celebrates its USPS roots, delivering today’s imbibers nothing short of a certified first-class experience.
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NN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So cool!! We loved the history and experience. We tell everyone!

B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Larry rocks.

L
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Had great drinks and service but the receipt we signed was not what we were charged. They charged us our order twice. Now we have to call our card company and dispute that. Will b annoying and a headache. Suggest paying in cash so this doesn't happen to you.

TN
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with friends enjoying great music!!

C
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

PS Speakeasy is a beautiful bar and the live jazz entertainment was stellar; however, my date and I were disappointed in the cocktail selection. We both wanted an after dinner cocktail (espresso martini and chocolate martini) and they could not make either one since they did not have the necessary liquor and ingredients. We did order other cocktails and both were good - just not what we were hoping for. Staff was friendly and attentive.

KH
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We did not eat there.
The service was great and the drinks were good. Extremely disappointed that they ran out of one of their cocktails as their seasonal menu is limited and that’s what most people go for: craft cocktails. The ones we had were very good

LB
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my experience at P.S. Speakeasy! The bartender was extremely knowledgeable about cocktail history and creation and very friendly and willing to educate. The jazz band that was playing, À La Mode, was absolutely fantastic and really helped transport all of us watching back to a time when this really would have been a speakeasy hiding from the local law. Very fun environment, incredible cocktails, friendly and helpful staff, and great live entertainment. Highly recommend.

G
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I was hopeful with this location. Perhaps it’s much better with music on a Thursday night, this past Friday night was less than desirable. There was no background music - expected perhaps some Rat Pack era or Jazz.

It has so much potential, perhaps starting with the service staff vibe and atmosphere. Please, please, please keep working on making it “an experience”.

YH
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Langston & Prototype Band never disappoints. They compliment the space and create an engaging and enjoyable experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Made the bachelor party feel especially important by seating us in the corner with all the comfy couches

d
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Interesting location in basement of hotel. Atmosphere could have been better if it was a little darker and not so many lights. Needs to have more mystique like atmosphere. The drink menu was interesting and enjoyable. Not much of a selection for snacks or other food.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great cocktails and service. Would recommend to anyone who wants some nostalgia or experience an ambiance of going to a speakeasy or relaxing environment

KT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This speakeasy was outstanding! The place is beautiful, the music was on point, the noise was minimal and I could actually talk to my fiancé. The staff was very nice and accommodating. 4/5 for drinks because mine had a very strange, bitter taste to it. My fiancé loved his though. We will definitely come back!

SJ
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go after dinner. We were sure to make reservations as I had heard that some people were turned away. Latest time available for a reservation was 9:00p so we took it. The place was about 1/3 full when we arrived but got increasingly busier throughout the evening. My wife and I enjoyed 4 different drinks (2/each). Each one was unique - allowing us to taste each ingredient w/out being too strong. I had assumed the vibe would be like Manifesto. Although it wasn't, it was still a great experience and a cool place to hang out for a couple of drinks at the end of the night.

AG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our first time at PS and we really enjoyed it! We will definitely be back.

K
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Had a great time here - loved the atmosphere! Drinks were good but they did run out of trail mix which was sad since they did not have many snack options to choose from. Overall would definitely return!

EQ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was a very cool place! The drinks were delicious and the seating options were perfect for the speakeasy era. I wish the images on the wall were a little bit larger or more of them - since its dark down there, I couldn't really tell what any of them were. The music was a little loud - there weren't too many people there early in the evening and found it difficult to talk to the person next to me.

K
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great atmosphere and drinks. I'd definitely go back. Only draw back was our waitress...maybe she was just having a bad night, but she wasn't the nicest. Almost felt like we were a burden to her. Everyone else was great though.

CC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Had really tasty cocktails (pricey at $12-15) but the service was average. We had requested high top in our reservations made 2 weeks before and were offered a booth. No big deal. The service can be described as pretentious hipster and we got the feeling we were asking dumb questions about the menu. Overall a pleasant time and nice experience with friends, just didn’t leave with the feeling that we would come back. Also hotel Phillips apparently has limited valets who can drive a standard so when we left we were walked back to our car as the one girl who could drive my Subaru had left for the night (we left @ 945). Found that very strange.

KH
Kansas City
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not eat there and I don’t believe they serve food.
We went there with a small group for drinks and it was a great time. Laid back, craft cocktails, and an all around enjoyable lounge atmosphere .

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very large noisy group that ruined the experience for us. It was a wedding party and people kept coming in and out and it was difficult to have a conversation

ML
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

First going and I like it, went to see Langston & Prototype and he never disappoints. Wish there were more small bite options..

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bartender was great. Made the experience

KH
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The bar itself is decorated very well to create a comfortable, relaxing environment that is in my opinion the best "speakeasy" vibe in KC. Live jazz music from A La Mode was beautiful and made it feel it even more like a speakeasy from the 30s. The drinks were very well made and presented and I think reasonably priced. Only reason I'm giving 4 instead of 5 stars was the food; we got the charcuterie board and were unfortunately disappointed in how little variety there was (one small block of cheese, a few pieces of two meats, and no fruit). For the price, I definitely expected more than that. Still overall a wonderful place to go and we will definitely be going back again!

WH
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun place and the DJ was awesome!

B
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and live music at PS! Decor was amazing, very intimate and romantic. My fiance and I were disappointed by the 'meat and cheese' plate we ordered for $20 and felt it was definitely not worth the price. Our craft cocktails were excellent.

OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The server stemmed to rush us as she told us twice they were closing in an hour. We stopped in after a concert just my husband and I. The food was just ok and the drinks were fine. We probably won’t be repeat customers

VZ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a party of 8 to P.S. and had made reservations in advance. We loved the quick service and the music was great. We sat right next to the jazz band, but were still able to have conversations without yelling. The atmosphere is great too; upscale and laid back. Would definitely recommend.

LJ
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The space is beautifully decorated and it has a nice feel. Had the best Whiskey Sour ever!

OP
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed by the significant noise level that made it difficult to have conversation without leaning toward your companion in order to overcome the din. I had anticipated an environment that would be more subdued, semi-private, even romantic. While the visual ambiance fit this description, the noise level was just shy of a bachelorette party due to a large group of women talking past one another. The drinks were generally good, but not enough to justify the premium pricing. I had really hoped to find a new favorite haunt. But the search continues...

M
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group and I selected PS Speakeasy for a birthday celebration. The birthday girl wanted a "speakeasy vibe" so we decided to check it out for the first time. As soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted by the incredibly friendly and helpful host, Fritz. He was amazing and even shared some of the history about the hotel and lounge, which we found very interesting. Every cocktail we tried was delicious and one of people in our group did the "tell the bartender what you like and we'll make it" mentioned on the menu and it was one of the best drinks we tried all night!

EB
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

They only had one waitress for the entire place. She was also making drinks at one point. There were a ton of people there so it's crazy that only had one person working on a busy Saturday night.

KT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had so much fun celebrating our 44th anniversary. The venue is cozy and the jazz was so good. Highly recommend for a glass of spirits with your Baby and fun music.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Perfect kind of romantic date place. The drinks are very strong :)

D
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

While we were staying at the Hotel Phillips, we were notified that they had a Speakeasy. You can't go to KC and not visit one. There was a 3 piece band with a singer dressed in 1920's attire, which was cool. And it was fun to go downstairs through the unmarked door. I had a cocktail that was "ok" and it cost $15.00. We only stayed for 20-30 min to have the experience.

C
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Beautiful, dimly lit room with fun, hidden entrance. Did a very nice job setting up the ambiance. DJ v. band that night playing jazz. DJ politely checked to be sure music wasn't too loud and played a great selection of music. Unfortunately, table next to us was extremely loud with 8 or 9 people sitting/standing around a table meant for 2-4 and encroaching on our table. Lot of lights from cell phones from other tables nearby too. We left after one cocktail each since the conversations were so loud. Too bad, could have been a nice evening. Would like to see management set proper expectations to keep conversation to moderate level, no cell phone usage and limit booths to number intended. Valet, host and bartenders all great. Complimentary valet with PS reservations was a nice surprise. I would try one more time in hopes that management adopts and shares some rules/behavioral expectations with patrons going forward. Otherwise I will stick with the other speakeasys around town who encourage moderate volume and restrict cell phone usage so everyone can enjoy their evening.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

To my knowledge they don’t have food but cool place

SA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the hidden door to the speakeasy. Staff was very friendly and explained the history. Enjoyed the live jazz.

KV
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We didn’t have any food, I didn’t see any one the menu, not sure they even offer it but we weren’t planning on eating, I only mention it because I had to rate food to leave a review.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We expected good things as we are fans of a speakeasy. However, this seemed like amateur night in the cocktail realm. With The W in Lee's Summit and Manifesto, as well as a few others around the city to choose from, PS needs to step up their game. It wasn't a horrible experience, but it definitely wasn't up to par with their competition! We were unimpressed.

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