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Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria – A Biker’s Paradise

Written by  June 30, 2004

On Friday afternoon, June 25th, I hopped on the Fat Boy and headed southeast out of Kansas City. At the end of my scenic two-hour ride, I dropped my kickstand and walked into the Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria in Warsaw, Missouri. When I got there, several bikes were already lined up out front. There were various makes and models, including a nicely restored Knucklehead and Shovelhead.

I’ve been in a lot of biker friendly bars in my life, for research purposes only, of course, but I consider this place a true biker’s paradise. So, what makes the Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria in Warsaw, Missouri a biker’s paradise? What else would you call a tropical themed biker friendly bar that has an outside beer garden with a fountain and a beautiful view of the lake, ice cold beer kept at a chilly 32 degrees, great pizza, wings, and tacos, attractive bartenders and waitresses, live music & karaoke, billiards, darts, shuffleboard, pinball, Missouri Keno, and a 60” TV for watching a football game or NASCAR race.

Add an event calendar stuffed full of exciting biker events such as wet t-shirt contests, thong contests, and other fun events, then top it off with an RV Park located directly behind the bar. If this doesn’t sound like a biker’s paradise, I don’t know what does!

Owners Cliff and Shirley Fitzpatrick opened the Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria eight years ago when they decided to escape the hustle and bustle of Kansas City. Cliff told me, “We were driving down the street and as soon as we saw the beautiful view of the lake behind the building, we knew we had to have it.”

According to Cliff, this 40’ x 60’ concrete block building was built in 1910 and was used by MFA to store feed and grain. When Cliff and Shirley first inquired about the building, an air conditioning company was operating out of the basement. Once the building was all theirs, they added an outdoor beer garden and turned their place into “The Biggest Little Bar in Warsaw” with over 2,500 square feet of fun! Three years ago they added the Outback RV Park, which contains 19 spaces with full hookups. Even if you don’t have an RV, you can rent one from Cliff and Shirley to use as your base camp while you spend your days touring the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. Since the Outback RV Park is only a couple hundred feet from the lake, make sure to also bring your fishing pole.

I could see a smile forming on Cliff’s face when I asked him how they came up with the name, Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria. Cliff said, “It’s on a corner, we have a beer garden, it’s a bar, and we have a pizzeria.” Simple enough! About that time, Shirley stuck her head through the plastic louvers that separates the bar from the beer garden to add “And we have the best bar, pizza, and tacos in Benton County!” To prove her point, Shirley offered me some pizza and even brought out her lion costume she uses to promote Piccadilly Circus Pizza, which is a franchise pizza business they operate out of their bar. In case you were wondering, yes, they deliver, and no, not all the way to Kansas City.

If you happen to be in Warsaw around lunch time on Tuesdays, make sure to stop by for their 50 cent taco special, and beginning Saturday, July 3rd, they will be sponsoring a Bike Day from noon until 6 p.m. with $2 off any pizza and $4.50 pitchers of beer. There’s an open dart tournament every Monday and Thursday night, and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Cliff fires up the karaoke machine so you can belt out your favorite rock, country or hip-hop songs.

The Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria isn’t a fancy place, but according to Cliff, “It’s a really fun place where people come to live it up and have fun! It’s not stuffy, like some of the other bars and restaurants around the lake, and we’re not uptight about everything. We like to have fun and live on the edge a little.” I did notice while I was there that Warsaw’s finest made a couple of passes by the bar in their shiny police car to check out the bikes that were lined up in front of the building and to see what Cliff and Shirley were up to now.

This fun biker friendly couple comes up with so many crazy events, make sure to keep your eye on our Local Rides, Rallies & Event Calendar so you don’t miss anything. Here are just a few of their upcoming events to give you a taste of what I’m talking about:

Saturday, October 30th – Halloween Contest. 1st Place - $75, 2nd Place - $40, 3rd Place - $30, 4th Place - $20, 5th Place - $10. Contact Cliff or Shirley for rules and times.

Saturday, November 6th – Chili Contest & Baked Goods Auction for T.L.C. 1st Place - $50, 2nd Place - $30, 3rd Place - $20. Chili contest at 4 p.m. with Scotty & The Soul Tones playing from 9 p.m until 1 a.m.

Along with having lots of fun, Shirley also told me about the TLC Work Center, Inc. which they are helping to open. The TLC Work Center is dedicated to the enrichment and quality of life for the adult Developmentally Disabled and Handicapped Citizens of Benton County. TLC will provide light industrial production jobs and quality job training for those who desire the skills necessary to seek employment, as well as inclusion in the community job market.

If your motorcycle club or organization is looking for a great charitable organization to sponsor for your next poker run or dice roll, please keep TLC Work Center in mind and give Shirley a call at 660-438-7637 for more information. While you’re at the Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria, don’t forget to ask Shirley to take you outside and show you the rainbow that is always visible from the beer garden. You’ll be glad you did!

The Corner Gardens Bar & Pizzeria is located at 317 E Main Street in Warsaw, Missouri. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. and on Sunday from noon – midnight.

Story and photos by Mike Schweder


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