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.
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
Union Station: Downtown Spot!
This place has about 20 restaurants and alot of shops and the Hyatt Hotel located here. I came in the middle of the day on Saturay it was empty but at night it got pretty live. Check out Route 66 Brewery & Restaurant pretty cool.
Dress Code: Jeans and sneakers are okay. No one dresses up in here.
Mississippi Nights: Live Music on the River
Right on the banks of the Mississippi River is Mississippi Nights. At a capacity of 1,000 It's smaller than The Pageant. Check the website for upcoming events. Most shows are all ages, so there's a raised area in the back for the bar.
Dress Code: Whatever.
The Pageant: The Big Rock Club
The band I work with usually plays theatres, and we don't get to the big rock clubs very often. The Pageant was a real treat because the sound system was awesome because and Bob the lighting guy really got into his work, giving them a cool backdrop to the performance.
Check my travelogues for inside pictures.
Dress Code: Whatever.
Nik's Wine Bar & Hookah Lounge
A great place for Martinis and wine, a light dinner, flavored hookahs and people watching and live music. I was there mid-weeek in the summer and it was quite busy outdoors. We had great service and a great evening. Here's an accurate online review that I found (I need not say more)http://www.bentmind.com/article/3/16
Dress Code: Hip Crowd. Quite Casual.
- Business Travel
- Arts and Culture
Opera Theater of St. Louis: world class festival opera
St. Louis has a world-class opera festival every summer. All performances are sung in English, and are given in the intimate Loretto-Hilton theater on the campus of Webster University, in idyllic Webster Groves. Many people make a gala event of the opera, enjoying picnic suppers on the lawn of the campus before the performance. I was fortunate to attend 2004 production of John Adams' contemporary opera "Nixon in China."
Dress Code: From dressy casual to "get-up-a-look" dressy; because it's summer in St. Louis comfort is important
- Theater Travel
in the daytime in st. louis you can catch many professional sports and busch gardens and of course the brewery, but when the sun goes down the city goes wild
in downtown saint louyis right by the arch and across the street frome the football dome is a little place called the landing were there are clubs up and down the street filled with beautiful people, good music(often local bands playing live), and all kinds of beer
the local bands are amazing
and dont forget that the usa's second biggest mardi gras is in saint louis only new orleans does it better the st louis
Dress Code: dress to impress but no suit and tie banker looks
Route 66 Diner and Bar: beer on the cheap.
In Union station ,it has a door on the street as well as inside the station so you can still go when all the shops are shut.
They brew their own beer ,they have about 5 ,if you can`t make up your mind which one to have you can pay $5 and have a large shot glass of them all they give you a paper mat with all the names on and place each glass in it`s place or if you flutter your eyelashes at the barman and tell him you cant decide then he will give you one or two for free so if your with some one get them to get a diff one from you and taste them that way.
Dress Code: Anything goes .
- Beer Tasting
The Central West End: My old neighborhood
Centered on the intersection of Euclid and Maryland, the Central West End is the single most prestigious neighborhood in the city of St. Louis. During the preciptous decline of St. Louis during the early 1960's-70's it was the area where the hard core urbanites made their last stand and eventually brought about the slow revival of the city.
Today it is still the home of some very fine bars and excellant restaurants. The Tenderlin Room at the Chase-Parl Plaza, Balaban's and Bar Italia, and M.P. O'Reilly's are all highly recommended.
The piano bar in the Tenderloin Room is particularly fun.
Dress Code: This is an upscale area and while laid back enough to accept anyone you'll feel more comfortable if nicely dressed.
Soulard area: great blues bars in a walkable neighborhood
On the weekends there are a dozen bars with live music and enthusiastic crowds. The Soulard Blues Band plays at several of the local bars. Once you park in the area, just wander until you hear the music. Some places have cover charges, others not. Park any where around Soulard Maket, 7th and Lafayette Streets and wander.
Dress Code: the entire area is casual.
- Beer Tasting
Union Station: Union Station
If Laclede's Landing is the premier spot for entertainment in St Louis, then the old Union Station must run a close second.
It holds a wide range of shops together with over 20 restaurants including Aldos, All Star Diner, Hooters, Hard Rock Café, Houlihan's, Landry's Seafood House, MVP Sports Bar & Grill and the Route 66 Brewery & Restaurant.
Excellent for lunch.
I missed out on a full look round as I was pressed for time. Next time, I'll make sure I get to spend the evening.
- Family Travel
Any bar on the Landing: AHHH The Landing
The Landing is located next to the Arch. It has all kinds of diffrent clubs to go to. There is one you have to go to and it's called, BAR. Bar st.louis to be specific, but the sign outside just says BAR. They have a drink there called the bar bomb. It tastes like gatorade, which means you dont taste ALL the alcohol in the drink. I wouldn't recomend more than one or two of these. They have a tendency to make you drunk real quick. All of the bars on the landing have some type of cover charge, unless you get there early, like say 7 or 8. Some are only a couple of dollars on up to about 5 dollars per person. The drinks inside some places are resonable. Your best bet for your money is to buy things like the bar bomb and mixed drinks like that. You get a lot for your money and on some nights they have 3 fers. Buy one and get 2 free. Thats always good. Beer and other drinks at some places get pricey real fast. So if your in a place that you like and the prices aren't too bad then stay there, or get your hand stamped so you get back in for free. In general it is always a good time there and the dancing is always fun. Check out www.stltoday.com and go to the night life section to get more info.
Dress Code: Some places make you tuck in your shirt. You can get away with jeans, sneakers, and a nice T-shirt. Most people you see down there are in jeans, nice dress shirts, and either nice sneakers or some other kind of brown type shoes. During the summer you see a lot of kahki shorts and nice T-shirts or even hawain style shirts.
- Beer Tasting
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Harrys (on Southwest): Burger Mania!
There are 2 establishments named "Harry's" in St. Louis. This one is affectionately know as "Harry's on Southwest" (Southwest is the name of the street). The other Harry's is downtown, and is much more fancy.
Harry's on Southwest is a pub with good pub food and good drink prices. In the summer they have a nice patio for some outdoor drinking.
Wednesday night is Burger Mania and Harry's serves huge burgers for $2.99!
Dress Code: Whatever you want. I have been here in jeans and a sweatshirt, and dressed up after a wedding. Most people are dressed casually.
There are so many places to go...
There are so many places to go in St. Louis at night I couldn't possibly name them all. Washington Avenue is littered with dance clubs--or you can go to the landing by the riverfront and hop the many many bars. One place I like to go is The Oz in East Saint Louis. You can check it out at http://www.oznightclub.com
I like the Oz because it has a very diverse crowd: people from the suburbs and people from the city. The best night to go is Sunday, for the 'Sunday Night Ritual' which has been going on every single Sunday for years. They usually play hard house music. It's easy to meet people, dance, and consume copious amounts of BOOZE. Its also open till the sun comes up.
Dress Code: Don't wear hats, and men need at least short sleeves. Almost anything goes.
If you like to gamble, we do...
If you like to gamble, we do have several rather nice riverboat casinos. A couple are in north county just over the Missouri River at highway 70. There's also one on the Missouri and the Illinois sides of the Riverfront downtown.
They have to be on boats. They were originally suppose to float. But the boats found it cheaper to pay the fines for not floating and stay docked. Eventually, they even built one with a little mote around it so it's technically on water, but you'd never know it. I've never even seen the water around it!