Visually, Kansas City dive bar Fitz’s Blarney Stone looks about as no-frills as a dive bar crossed with an Irish bar can look. A white exterior with a series of arches and a simple white sign plays up the dive bar aspect of the Kansas City staple, setting the perfect expectation for the communal vibe found inside. The terra cotta-style roof on top of the building is one of the few distinguishing visual elements on an otherwise fairly standard Kansas City strip. There is, sadly, no designated stone to kiss upon visiting, though an impromptu meeting with an interior fixture is a potential personal choice.
Opened in 1972, the Kansas City dive bar is owned by Moe Mauzey, no stranger to dive bars, serving as ex-owner to Kansas City dive bar icon Chez Charlie that happens to anchor the opposite end of the building that houses Fitz’s Blarney Stone. The Irish pedigree is obvious walking into Fitz’s Blarney Stone, the paint scheme mirroring the Irish flag and the checkerboard pattern of the tile flooring a green and white mix. As one would expect with an Irish theme, darts are prominently featured here with a set of boards available inside, the requisite selection of Irish whiskeys available behind the bar. Community events rotate through the space, including the occasional potluck dinner, underscoring a focus on locals.