In the mid to late ’90s, I spent nearly as many hours in Pat and Mike’s as I did playing Sega Genesis and drinking OK Cola.

My drinking partners and I worked next door in a call center for the Psychic Hotline. We weren’t psychics, mind you, just the legal advisory team that warned seekers to hang up after their free three-minute reading to avoid paying $3.99 per minute thereafter. That slow-talking tarot card reader from Kankakee, Illinois, telling them their grandma said “hello” wasn’t going to do it.

It was thirsty work, and the steam-releasing, storytelling sessions at shift’s end were always entertaining. Fast-forward to 2018, and I found myself pleasantly surprised that, despite the passage of time and a few remodels, the vibe of Pat and Mike’s was as local and friendly as ever.

Pat and Mike’s actual parking lot is Lilliputian. Luckily, the street parking stretches along for a couple of blocks. There’s a large, almost Brobdingnagian, strip mall lot across Bedford Avenue, and I was advised by friendly bartender Becky that an amicable arrangement exists with JQ Office Equipment just north and east of Pat and Mike’s next to the Christian Science Second Church. There, nearly 40 spots await otherwise unused at night. So that’s cool. Please verify that arrangement is still in effect at the bar, as these situations can change.

My recent trip was spent chatting with Becky and eating four of the crispiest little $1 tacos I’ve had in a bar. So consider Taco Tuesday an advisable night to visit. Other specials include burritos for $7.49, soft shells for $2 and taco salads for $7.99, with $4 margaritas and Mexican beer to wash it down. I had a Lagunitas with mine for $5 and no regrets while the new owner since August, Jenni Garvey, and I talked about the bar, the neighborhood as well as which “X-Files” episodes were popular when I was a regular and she was in grade school.

It’s important to note that Pat and Mike’s is an official Kansas City Chiefs bar, entitling them to sell the official beer of the Chiefs, Kingdom Blonde Ale by Golden Road Brewing Company in Kansas City. This ale is not too far off the domestic tip, but with a fuller body and flavor. Other taps include Busch Light, Budweiser, Blue Moon, Bud Light, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Boulevard, Coors and the social butterfly of local craft beers, Infusion’s Vanilla Bean Blonde.

In addition to 10 TVs, Keno, darts, pool, jukebox and a menu full of bar favorites, Pat and Mike’s has a “Ms. Pacman” machine with a cornucopia of other classic games in its nostalgia-inspiring cabinet: “Galaga,” “Frogger,” “Donkey Kong,” “Dig Dug” and more.

There is a beer garden for cornhole games, which they’ve demurely renamed “bags.” Bags League is every Monday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Happy hours are 2 to 6 p.m. daily and all day Sundays, during which pitchers are $8.50 for domestics and $12 for crafts ($9.50/$14 normally). Check the Facebook page for more specials, changes and a complete menu.

This reviewer will return again, hopefully without the 20-year hiatus.

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