What has 48 taps of craft beer, dozens of vintage video games, a full-service 44-seat movie theater, and a kitchen that serves up an eclectic mix of burritos?
Yes, my dreams also. Lucky for us, our dreams will become a reality at the new Crossroads location of the Screenland, dubbed the Tapcade, set to open on February 20 at 17th and McGee, just south of the KC Star press facility.
Tapcade at Screenland Crossroads
I met with co-owner Adam Roberts in the new location among stacks of chairs dusted with evidence of the nearly completed build job. The bar area can seat 100 people at tables and chairs and along the bracket-shaped bar inlaid with beer labels and bottle caps in arcade motifs. Behind the bar will be 48 no-crap taps – including two dedicated for nitro pours – and 50-some bottles and bombers of good beer. The brewery-supplied decorated tap handles will be visible on the wall above the bartenders for patrons to scan the line up. Screenland Crossroads will debut with some amazing beers, including New Belgium La Folie, Deschutes Abyss, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin, Perennial Abraxas and the debut of North KC’s Cinder Block Brewing outside of their taproom.
Beers at the Tapcade Opening
- Perennial Abraxas
- Perennial Sump
- Deschutes the Abyss
- Founders Big Luscious
- Founders Harvest
- Founders KBS
- Mother’s Making Trouble
- Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin
- Firestone Walker DBA
- Free State Quad
- Stone Reason Be Damned
- Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
- 4 Hands Bona Fide
- 4 Hands Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout
If blowing up 8-bit aliens while sipping your beer is preferable to interacting with people, the Tapcade has you covered here, too. Adjacent to the bar is the arcade full of nearly three-dozen stand-up arcade games. I spied Pac-Man, NBA Jam, Asteroid and Burger Time among others. Each machine is fitted with a holder for your beer, so you can get a quick sip in while the crab-alien captures your first ship in Galaga.
To carpet drinkers’ stomachs as they imbibe, the kitchen will be wrapping some cool ideas into burritos: Kansas City barbeque, Philly cheese steak, Buffalo chicken, and others that may or may not be linked to a geographic area. The 20-item menu will be made in-house and available all day, both in the bar and in the theater.
In the theater, 44 patrons can watch mainly indie and retro films on a 25-foot screen while being bombarded by the brand-new Dolby surround pumping through JBL speakers. Servers will bring any beer or food from the menu right to their plush seats. Floor seating is around tables with a couple of tiers of moveable chairs above. The front of the tiers have built-in table rails to keep your pint and grub in reach but still out of view.
Besides all these daily amenities, Adam described some upcoming events and specials for Screenland Crossroads.
- Firkin Festival, to be held some time in April, will not be a ticketed event. You will be able to taste rare and infused beers from 10 firkins over two days.
- Regular beer dinners will feature more interaction with brewers than you might expect. Using the theater screen and Skype, diners could take virtual tours of distant breweries and interact with employees that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.
- Screenland Crossroads will also have quarterly beer collaborations with local breweries. Rock and Run, Cinder Block and 4 Hands are all slated to participate in the first year.
The grand opening of the Tapcade at Screenland Crossroads is February 20. After the big opening, they’ll be open daily with lunch served for the working crowds, and brunches available on the weekends.
Since we forgot to
ask report it, the Screenland Crossroads will be open starting at 4:00 for the first couple of weeks, then switch to the longer hours mentioned above.
@PatsHoppedUp for the first week or so we will open at 4pm and close around 11pm weekends. Then expand to 11am to 10pm weekday and 1am wkend
— The Tapcade (@tapcadekc) February 12, 2015