Two KC Bars Unexpectedly Close

The Mockingbird Lounge / Photo Taken By Kansas City Magazine

It’s time to bid ‘adieu’ to two beloved KC bars and restaurants. The Drunken Worm and The Mockingbird Lounge took to social media to announce the closures within hours of each other on September 11. 

The Drunken Worm (1405 W 39th St. KCMO), a tequila and taco bar off 39th Street, made a Facebook post stating its immediate closing Monday afternoon.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the permanent closing of the Drunken Worm on Monday, September 11, 2023. All of us at the Drunken Worm would like to thank the community for its support throughout the years and hope that the memories and friendships created at the Worm will endure for years to come,” states the post.

Both Drunken Worm’s Facebook page and website have since been deleted. The Pitch was able to get a screenshot of the post which can be seen here.

According to KSHB, a sign posted on the bar’s door Monday read “Closed. Sorry friends, no más.” 

The Drunken Worm, which opened in 2014, was considered a 39th street staple and had a loyal following. The owner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A few hours after Drunken Worm announced its closing, The Mockingbird Lounge (204 Orchard St. KCK) also took to social media to announce it was closing up shop.

“It’s been a hell of a run but after six and a half years, The Bird is closing its doors,” stated the Instagram post.

The post did not specify reasons for closing nor did it state if the bar and lounge would be closing immediately. The Mockingbird’s owner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Considered a hidden gem in KC, the Strawberry Hill bar consistently ranked in several of our Best Of lists like KC’s Best Biscuits and Gravy Dishes and 16 Best Patios in KC and 34 Best Breakfasts in KC.

Over one hundred comments under the Mockingbird Lounge’s post express remorse.

“A true KC hidden gem. So many great memories and delicious brunches had. Gonna Miss y’all. Wishing you the best, Dan!” wrote one user.

“You guys and Drunken Worm on the same day?!?? what is going on!!!!!” wrote another.

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