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Mugs-Up Root Beer Drive-In

700 E 23rd St S, Independence, MO 64055-1507
+1 816-254-7040
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“burger” (25 reviews)
“frito pie” (2 reviews)
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Fast food
700 E 23rd St S, Independence, MO 64055-1507
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Takes me back to my teenage years when drive ins with car hops were all the rage. If you like loose meat burgers and root beer ( theirs is homemade) this is the place for you.

Thank Cheryl J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our boys are 12, 10, and 8, so their lives revolve around food. Ha! We were on a 2 week trip out West and stopped at Mugs-Up after visiting the Frontier Trails Museum in Independence (that's a MUST SEE, btw!). We were looking for cheap...More

Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 29 March 2018

We come here at least a few times a year when we are in the are. They make there own root beer and will serve it up in a frosty mug on a tray that's hooks to your window. They are also known for there...More

Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The old nostalgic visit to the root beer stand is still there on 23rd street. I have been going there for over 60 years. NOTHING FANCY, but good, frosted mugs and old fashioned greasy hamburgers. It will take you back to your childhood.

Thank csylvstr
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Wanted to grab a quick bite before heading over to help the in-laws move in. This is an All-American burger joint - and it is wonderful! Try a Zip Burger, it's all good!!!

Thank Pbaglaw
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We tried several dishes some were good others just mediocre. Here is what we tried. The Whiz burger – mediocre, the cheese overwhelmed the flavor The Zip Burger – good with an interesting spicy flavor The Tenderloin – mediocre, there are at least 10 local...More

Thank Perry A
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I grew up going to Mugs up and had several family members work there many years ago. I also worked there as my first job when I was 14. So I take my kids there whenever we happen to be in Independence. This last Saturday...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Mugs Up is an old school drive in with car hops and a cool retro neon sign. They feature loose meat or sloppy joe type burgers and homemade root beer! How many places make their own root beer? Certainly not any of the fast food...More

Thank kcmark
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Remember piling into the family car on a warm summer evening and heading over to the local Mug-Up for a cold root beer float (the Brown Cow), and maybe a Chili Cheese Wiz Burger? You pulled in under a canopy and the car hop took...More

Thank donh429
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The burger was good but we had to pay .50 cents for a piece of tomato... Our server was very nice and efficient. I would give 3.5 stars.

Thank DPenn_11
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 E 23rd St S, Independence, MO 64055-1507
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Independence
  • Phone Number: +1 816-254-7040
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