Rock and Brews
5701 W 135th Street Overland Park, KS 66223
Rock and Brews is a new endeavor backed by KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and is the hot new place in Overland Park’s Prairie Fire development at 135th & Nall. As one of JoCo’s newest bar & grills Rock and Brews is cranking out a plethora of old school music videos and sports on a generous number of big screen TVs that cover the walls along with some great rock murals. Rock and Brews appears to be fitting in as a less touristy version of the 1990s Hard Rock Cafés serving more as a locals place to be seen for those who want to knock back a few cold ones at cozy high tops or over sized picnic tables feasting on some tasty eats.
Rock and Brews has a bit of an open party feel while still serving as place you can take the family if you’re not too concerned about what music videos might adorn the big screens while your there. I liken the feel of the place as a cross between an outdoor beer garden and a machine shed party with glass walls that open on to a great outdoor patio (potentially the best in JoCo) that overlooks the beautiful Kansas sunset.
As for the food I would describe it as an upscale twist on standard pub fare with a decent kids menu. I would recommend the Garlic Cheese Fries if you like all three of those items. I’ve ordered it every time I’ve visited and have yet to be disappointed. As for the beer I’m not really a craft beer guy and was more than a tad bummed when I couldn’t get a Bud Light bottle. They were able to scrape up a few Bud heavies for me that had been left over in the back of the fridge from their grand opening. I think I cleared them out so your beer palette will need to be more sophisticated than mine.
One additional drawback to the macro brew domestics not being available is that the service at Rock and Brews is a tad slow in my opinion. I know that goes hand in hand with being busy as the hot new place in town but I hope it improves soon as it’s a great place to go an enjoy a few brews with friends. Lastly I beg Rock and Brews management to find a place in the cooler for a few Bud Lights and go ahead and charge a little extra for them as I know your rent isn’t cheap.