Kansas City, MO

Should you experience Funky Town? Some say it's a must-visit dance club for locals and out-of-towners alike

CJ Coombs

I experienced Funky Town in the 90s. It wasn’t as overcrowded then. It was a new venue gaining popularity. The fictitious name of Funky Town in Kansas City was originally formed March 1998.

What I liked was it having one of the biggest dance floors I’ve seen locally in a dance club. And the music was great. They played a lot of 70s and 80s music. Who doesn’t love music from the 80s? And you know they have to play the old tune by Lipps, Inc. called Funky TownWon’t you take me to Funkytown?

Fast forward, there's a $10 cover charge unless that’s increased. The hours are 8 pm to 1 am, Fridays and Saturdays, and the bar is cash only. If you don’t have ample cash, there’s an ATM on site. It’s a popular venue to go celebrate birthdays, dress up for Halloween, or party hearty on New Year’s Eve.

The tall sign outside of the club.Photo byDmarkwind (2019) via TripAdvisor.

People have driven a long way to go there. This venue has reviews on TripAdvisor, and even the complaint about a crabby bartender didn't stop someone having a good time. It's also reviewed on Yelp.

According to reviews, most people write they have a lot of fun there even when they included a complaint. Some enjoy the decor and some like the car wash show near midnight although you might want to exit the dance floor before that happens. 

Some dress up in retro clothing dating back to the 70s or 80s. One review indicated the DJ was clueless, but the music was great. It's a throwback bar with a diverse group of people and variety of ages. Some who complained about the cover charge and the cost of drinks still say they had a good time. There's no cover charge information on the club's website. If you decide to go, visit here to note dress code rules and to jot down the phone number to call for more information.

You might wonder if the people who frequent the club are part of a culture. Maybe they love retro. Maybe they love music and dancing. If you've been to Funky Town, you can't dispute it's a people watching venue. Watching people in retro outfits having a good time. You can't be too judgmental when that's what you're seeing.

The parking lot is often filled and some say refrain from parking too far in the back because of potential vandalism. Get there early and park closer to the door.

Some say the staff can be rude. While that shouldn't happen anywhere, consider your options. You can report a rude person to the management. You can decide if that's going to ruin your experience. You can include that in your review on Yelp.

Even with a very large dance floor, with the number of people who go to this club, there may not be a lot of room to dance. If you go early and have a few drinks, you may not care.

People flock to Funky Town to have a good experience and a good time. The general consensus of reviews indicates that's the case.

The cover charge isn't loved since there's not a live band and some who complain about that still go. Some people even like to dress up. If you like to grab a drink and dance on a large dance floor, and you love music from the 70s, 80s, or 90s, this might be your place. Remember no drinks allowed on the dance floor.

Working for more than 20 years, This Nightclub is where you can feel your inner dancer roaring out. There’s absolutely no way you cannot have fun in Funky Town. (Source.)

If you're looking for an upscale lounge or nightclub, Funky Town may not be for you. However, if you want to go have fun, it's supposed to be one of the popular packed hot spots in the city.

Funky Town is located at 8300 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri. If you had a bad experience, write that up in a review or when necessary, call to speak with the manager at 816-737-FUNK.

Thanks for reading.

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Multi-genre writer and indie author with a BA in Eng Journalism & Creative Writing. My working career has been in law firms, and I retired early so I could be a writer all day. You could say I'm from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Missouri because I was born into the Air Force life. I love family, art, reading, history, true crime, travel, and research.

Kansas City, MO

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