Pin-Up Bowl: Pin-Up Bowl / Bar is Cool & Cozy
This new place is a combination modern bar with small bowling area ( only 12 lanes did I count). You can rent a pool table by the hour. This is for the under 40 set, mostly. Flat panel tv screens showing videos & cartoons over the bar and the lanes! Very modern but with the retro pin-up girls ( & boys!) theme.
All kinds of mixed drinks & bottled beers, but only 2 kinds of draft (Bud Light & Schlafly Pale Ale, when I went in May '05) Food is simple but cheap & available till 2 in the morning.
After 9 p.m., its 21 & up. Prior to 6 p.m., you can take your kids. The place is open until 3 every morning.
Update: there's now a Pinup Bowl in Kansas city, too!
Dress Code: very casual. Want to bowl, but don't have shoes? You can rent them. Wear socks!
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Trainwreck Saloon: Good Cover Bands
Being close to our hotel, this was a good spot for us to go the night before the big game (Cardinals vs. Cubs). It was basically a sports bar- with high top tables and lots of beer in pitchers.
Dress Code: Very casual. Shorts and tee shirts can be found here.
- Beer Tasting
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The Big Bang Bar: Dueling Pianos and sing along
I recommend getting here early. This place fills up quick on weekends. Only come here if you want to let your hair down and party hardy. No place to come to relax bring your dancin' shoes and sing along. Open Sun-Thurs 7pm-3am Fri & Sat. 5pm-3am
Dress Code: Casual
33: A cool wine bar in Layfayette Square
The first time I was there with a group we ordered bottles of wine and sat at one of the tall bistro tables. My last visit was after a huge meal at Eleven Eleven (also in Layfayette Square), so we started with a split of pink champagne, then moved to Belgian beer, which they recently got on tap. Only 2 kinds, but 2 kinds of good beer on tap is better than 5 kinds of bad beer on tab.
We sat at the bar on my last visit to 33, and chatted with other bar patrons and the moderately friendly bar tenders.
It gets really crowded later on weekend nights. They used to have a rule that if you were in by 11:30, you can stay until 1:30, but the doors close to new customers at 11:30. Don't know if that still applies.
Dress Code: People seem to be dressed for a night out on the town. Not necesarily dressy clothes (although there are some of those), but not ratty jeans and T-shirts.
Mississippi Nights: Mississippi Nights
One of the few (maybe the only) small venue for seeing up-and-coming live music, as well as popular local bands.
Unfortunately, Mississipi Nights closed its doors for good early in 2007. A new casino is being built on its real estate. The end of a long, musical era :(
Bands I saw at Mississipi include:
And several local cover bands :)
Dress Code: anything
Tin Can Tavern: Just like your buddy's basement
Tin Can Tavern offers an experience you won't find at many other bars. This comfortable neighborhood bar makes you feel as if you are surrounded by friends in one of your buddy's basements. But what makes this bar truely unique is that they only offer canned beer. This may not sound appealing at first, but their vast seletion ensures that there is something for everyone. From PBR to Grolsch to Michelob. This layed back bar also has a guy on an acustic guitar strumming out classic rock tunes. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then you should come and kick back at the Tin Can.
Dress Code: Come as you are
- Beer Tasting
A big city with ..............
I am from Indianapolis, a city smaller than St. Louis. Upon arrival to St. Louis, I looked on this website from some tips on where to go, but there was not much to offer. I figured that there just hadn't been any posts about an excellent nightlife for St. Louis??? Ohh, how I was amazed of how dull the downtown area of this city really is? Everything is abandoned and/or closed down, out of business etc. I went to about 6 different nightspots and finally gave up and went back to my hotel, The Renaissance (awesome) and partied there. Almost all of the bars we went to on the Landing were D-E-A-D! People dressed like it was '94 there! Music was either straight ghetto thug music or was teeny pop. I just couldn't believe a city of that caliber had nothing to offer its tourist? I also, don't like it when people say, "well the bars are better in the suburbs." That is not the point of having a large city with a lot to offer. I wouldn't come to St. Louis to hang in the suburbs, I could do that at home.
Very disapointing trip to say the least! St. Louis needs to get with it and make the downtown appealing. I doubt I will visit again. Pretty sad when INDY can beat the bigger city with its downtown and nightlife.
Erato: Wine Bar
Erato was opened by a wine lover who was once the assistant sommelier at Delmonico's in New Orleans. They have a good variety of wine available for purchase by the bottle, and several by the glass. Most wines are very reasonabley priced.
The decor is nothing fancy, but nice. The bar, itself, is actually quite attractive. Erato is located in an old neighborhood in St. Louis, so even with minimal decorations, the place has character - exposed brick, etc.
There is a small stage in one of the windows where they have live music (mostly jazz) on some nights.
They serve food, but I haven't tried it. And their Sazerac was awarded one of the best drinks in 2005 by the local weekly alternative paper.
Oh, and it's also has a little market, with cheeses, etc. And you can get bottles of wine to take home, too.
- Wine Tasting
The Big Bang: Sing us a song, you're the piano man!
My friends and I enjo going out and just having fun being ourselves without having to deal with too many others who are out to put on a show and strut their stuff for a one-night hook up. We go out to enjoy good company and have a great time. When in St. Louis, one of my favorite places to do this is the Big Bang located on The Landing just north of the Arch grounds. The Big Bang is a dueling piano bar that HIGHLY encourages audience participation and really your experience at the Big Bang is what you make it.
This is a bar for all ages and especially for those who want to avoid the trashy bar scene.
Dress Code: Dress smart...wear pants and shoes and as long as you are not in grubby clothes you should be fine.
- Beer Tasting
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The Big Bang: Not just a theory of evolution...
On the Mississippi riverfront and just to the North of the famed Arch is an area called The Landing. This is a neighborhood of bars, restaurants, attractions, and hotels. One of my favorites is a bar called The Big Bang. It is a piano bar with two pianists who lead the crowd in songs, participation highly encouraged! If you're in the area or need someplace to go after a Cardinals' game then I highly recommend you follow the sounds of the piano and make your way to The Big Bang.
Dress Code: You don't have to dress up but you shouldn't go grubby
- Beer Tasting
The U-City Loop Experience: Strolling Down Delmar
On any night, or day, people of all ages (mostly young) walk, eat and hang out here. Good places to eat, drink, hear music & many unique shops (see Vintage Vinyl, under Shopping) - from used books to modern furniture, original art, comics, shoes, new & used clothes to a huge variety of global imports - and the Tivoli, a great movie theater - create some reasons to come here. DiningTables, chess players & sax players on the sidewalks, this is a very urban scene. Everyone, even Families, feel welcome here.
Dress Code: Casual as you want it!
Check out the " Walk of Fame", embedded in the sidewalk, too!! This photo is one of them; Kline is from St. Louis! Joe Edwards, the genius behind much of the success of this area also got the Walk started. Now he's working on a trolley bus link between the Loop & Forest Park. A few more million & we'll have it operating.
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- Food and Dining
Laclede's Landing: Bar area
There are numerous bar's, club's, and entertainment things at Laclede's Landing, near the Arch, by the water and near a stop of the light rail. Many of the places are bar chains (Fat Tuesday's, Moose Mc...). The neighborhood is very interesting with brick buildings, gas lights and cobblestone streets.
Dress Code: Varies.
Pin Up Bowl: Bowling and Martinis
I love the concept of a bowling alley in a bar (vs. a bar in a bowling alley). I've been to such places in several cities, and the one in St. Louis' Loop neighborhood is pretty cool.
$50 / hour to bowl on the weekends after 9 pm, but other times rates are more reasonable.
Bar Italia or Zoe's: Try to keep count they go down quickly
Central West End has a lot of great spots to eat and drink. Just plan on having drinks and appetizers and crawling from one to another.
Bar Italia and Zoe...
THE BEST - I mean - OH SO YUMMY!
CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO MARTINIS
Get one, get two, lose count...
they are the bomb!
Bar Italia has a patio when weather permits. Zoe is trendy with a nice bar.
These are just two of the many great places to eat and drink in Central West End.
Eat, drink, and be merry.
Dress Code: Hey,
From a woman's perspective if you're going out for martini's try and look the part. We're not talking ties and dresses, just look good.
Sure you can do jeans, express yourself, but put a little effort into it. Friday and Saturday night is the night to look good and feel good in the lou even if you are just doing movies and dinner. Sure we have our share of midwestern hoosiers, that is something like a red-neck f.y.i. We take all types.
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Mangia Italiano: Budget Bars
Its kind of a nice place to do lunch, maybe dinner, the food is pretty good I guess. The real draw would be its the late night spot for local hipsters, too-cool-for-schoolers, scenesters, and mild alchoholics--most of which live in the area or want to once they move out of their parents house...which is considered a very cool area to live in (slightly impoverished) if young-ish and hip, naturally and effortlessly alternative and/or too-cool-for-school. Great people watching, theres a hideous mural in the women's bathroom featuring a richard simmons look alike in some sort of hellenic sacrificial scene, and an owl who casts an ominous shadow on the wall from time to time. $1 Stag, $2.50 for PBR...full bar, including wine apparently. often Live music some days, DJs others.... The tables and chairs are cool--like sitting in your grandmas kitchen. If its not charmingly dive enough for you (though they seem to try to be classing-up the image of it on the website) just down the block to the left is CBGB's which makes it look downright preppy on the seedy scale. Be careful in this area at night, dont let the ladies walk alone please. And if too drunk to drive, South City diner is just to the right and is recently renovated....
Dress Code: no dress code, except badittude.
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