About five years ago, my buddy rented a flat in Grandview. Before we'd go out and sometimes when we'd come home, he and I would notice a bar very near his Heritage Apartments place.
Tucked quietly near Northwest Boulevard and North Star Avenue, his apartment complex seemed like an unappealing place to grab a beer, so Black Horse Bar & Grill went undiscovered.
Then, during the past several weeks, I met two rad dudes on separate occasions. I asked where they held court, and their answer came back the same - the Black Horse.
They told me I should check it out, and I did.
What I found was a supremely friendly neighborhood joint that trades in first-name-basis service and worn-in class. Some might think it's in need of a fresh coat of paint, but I'm sold on any place that pours cold drafts, has a patio and serves fish tacos on Wednesday nights.
"I was drinking here back when it was a steak-and-ribs joint," said bartender Bill Weeks, whose impeccable refill timing bordered on precognition. "I've allegedly been a bartender here for three years."
Weeks said that many apartment residents head down for a pre-game tipple or a nightcap before turning in. For those outside of stumble-home distance, it's a great place to hit before catching a show at The Treehouse or heading to downtown Grandview for fancier fare.
The main room has a short belly-up bar, a jukebox and a handful of private tables near some greenhouse-style windows. In a back spot you probably wouldn't find on your own, there's a pair of pool tables and some tube TVs. A patio wraps around two walls.
Whatever room you're in, people are happy to chat - most often about how awesome they find the Black Horse.
"People bring in their own glasses, their own cozies," regular Leah Mongolier said. "Literally, everyone here is so friendly."
Black Horse Bar & Grill supplements a solid daily happy hour with these enticing deals.
Monday: Half-off pizza all night
Tuesday: 40-cent wings, $1.25 Miller Lite drafts
Wednesday: $1 tacos
Thursday: $3 burgers from 5-10 p.m., $2.50 imports all night
Friday: Free happy-hour pizzas