21 Signs You’re a Kansas City Hipster

1. Your favorite bottoms are the West Bottoms — until Halloween, when your sacred space is infiltrated by tweens going to The Beast.

West Bottoms, Kansas City


2. You only shower with Basement Soap you got at Normal Human.



3. You get all your groceries from the Westport Farmers Market because anything else would be sub-par. No one wants wilted cilantro in their bahn mi, obviously.



4. You have your own pour-over set up at home and refuse to drink coffee brewed any other way.

RHP Coffee


5. Your favorite band is the opening act at Grinders, rather than the headliner at Sprint Center.



6. Cuffing your Baldwin jeans is part of your morning routine, in between fluffing your beard and waxing your ‘stache.

cuffed jeans


7. Ever listen to the radio? Not unless it’s The Bridge 90.9.

90.9 bridge


8. You avoid First Fridays. Or, as you and your friends call it, “Amateur Hour.”



9. The stench of Starbucks makes you vomit. They totally over-roast their poor coffee beans. #OddlyCorrect4Life

oddly correct


10. You inwardly cringe every time someone orders a mocha at Oddly Correct.

oddly crowd


11. Instead of getting a haircut from a stylist at Great Clips, you get your hair groomed by an artist at Chop Tops.

chop top


12. You see no point to going South of 43rd Street. There’s nothing in the suburbs to pique your interest.


13. But really, you’d rather not leave the River Market.

river market


14. You ask your waitress at The Farmhouse how their meat was raised.

the farmhouse


15. Your contribution to the breakfast conversation is about the fallacies in Hemmingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which you read cover to cover in one afternoon at Rainy Day Books.

rainy day books


16. Everyone’s brewing beer now, so you’ve moved on to making your own cocktail bitters.

cocktail bitters


17. Your favorite band to see at The Westport Saloon “doesn’t believe in playing traditional instruments.”

westport saloon


18. You don’t have an art degree but have a strong opinion on the Neoclassicism at the Nelson.



19. Your urban garden near the River Market “only started with tomatoes and parsley, but kind of just expanded from there, you know?”

river market


20. You say things like, “It’s the only place in KC that makes real drinks.”

moscow mule


21. Your ideal date night is attending a quote-along screening of The Big Lebowski at Alamo Drafthouse.




(22., the self-serving bonus round placed here to make management happy: you bank at a credit union, because why should your money go to shareholders instead of your own pocket?)



Author: mazuma

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  1. Grinders is underground? Rainy Day Books and The Nelson are both south of 43rd. That is not a picture of The Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City.

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      • Beautiful, mellisa. Not one of the hipsters we all know and love, but truly proud anyway.

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    • Real hipsters get produce from the bad seed & I only use ZUM soap.

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    • Petty arguments.

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  2. mazuma

    Eh, we somehow managed to forget Rieger Whiskey and any kind of mention of Quay Coffee, so we can’t claim this list is definitive. Feel free to keep nitpicking or adding other suggestions!

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  3. Westport has a farmers market? I don’t think so. See #3. Get your hipster facts straight.

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    • mazuma

      Totally missed that it closed in 2014. That one is on us. The Bad Seed is probably more accurate anyway.

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  4. Waisting time…..is pretty much this whole list.

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  5. who else but the bad seed has like 10 different kinds of garlic. their spanish roja garlic is an opium den for my tastebuds. is this list really what hipsters do? buy local? lol

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  6. So I was on the fence about which credit union in KC that I was going to open an account at, but this post just tipped the scales to Mazuma.

    Your soon to be new account holder

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  7. This is so freaking stupid…. whoever wrote this seems like a total a-hole! I mean yea there are places / things on here that I like too but get over yourself

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  8. Angry Hipsters are Hilarious!

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    • I agree, Big-E: Angry hipsters are hilarious! They aren’t threatening when they are angry though. It’s like watching a midget get upset. You have to just say, “There, there, little fella. It’s ok”. I know two Kansas City hipsters and am always in awe of how sissy they are. While other people are making a living they are worried about their hair, coffee, and type of jeans. But this is not a strictly Kansas City phenomenon. I fled California to get away from this tomfoolery. Fake people and things that don’t matter…yuck.

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  9. But this list is pretty bad. And clearly written by someone who doesn’t live in Kansas City .

    I’d add one thing:

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    • Let me guess, taking a stab at a former employer?

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  10. Great list.

    Tell me, do you lend money that is real, or that is created?

    Please never come to the places I love, or please please change. : ]

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  11. OMG! Nobody is writing a law journal here. I have grown accustomed to reading this vlog for some humorous thoughts from those who are merely trying to make your day just a little nicer.

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