Like many of the cities I have visited, St. Louis has its own nitlife hangout, and it's called The Landing. It is an area where multiple bars and restaurants are located all within walking distance which is convenient allowing you to see multiple bars.
This seems to be a reoccuring theme for my trips...I have this tendancy to make an appearance at every one of them that is in the city I am visiting. This long and somewhat narrow bar gets really packs a crowd and hence, the reason girls start climbing on the bar to dance...well, that and probably to draw attention to themselves! But they play great dance music and you can always expect to see a good crowd.
Dress Code: Dress smartly
Laclede's Landing is the place to go for nighttime activity. Not only are there some great restaurants and bars, but also there is dancing and other nighttime activity at Laclede's Landing near the Arch (and near the riverboat casinos). Westport has developed its own nightlife in the suburbs and, of course, there are other places around town.
For the art scene, try University City and the Loop. This is a great place to go plus there are lots of university students that hang out over here. Great coffee houses here.
East St. Louis should be avoided at night, even though many like to go there to experience the 'redlight' aspects of St. Louis. Beware, though, because it can be dangerous!
Just south of the Gateway Arch, blues clubs are tucked away in the red brick buildings of the Soulard neighborhood. You can wander among the clubs and restaurants for a full evening of great entertainment.
Dress Code: Casual
6 different rooms. Great place to see live bands - Chuck Berry makes an appearance approximately once a month. This place has won numberous awards for its decor and its jukebox - even received the Worlds Best Jukebox award from the BBC. Great food - lots of fun! If you like rock & roll music, you have to check this place out!
Dress Code: Casual
Now a bar and restaurant section of St. Louis just north of the Arch. The closer you are to 25 the more you are likely to enjoy this area! Yet, the history is interesting, the beer is cold, and well.... enjoy!
Pierre Laclede Liquest came up the Mississippi from New Orleans on a flat boat in the winter of 1763. His purpose was to seek land for French settlers looking to make a new beginning in this untamed wilderness. Liquest chose this spot because it was midway in the course of the Mississippi and at the junction of another good sized river, the Missouri. In the mid 1840s, St. Louis had just refurbished the buildings devastated by a great flood when all hell broke loose on the riverfront in the spring of 1849. St. Louis was the hardest-hit city in the country stricken with cholera. In the midst of this medical struggle, a fire broke out aboard the riverboat, White Cloud. The White Cloud burst into flames at her moorings in a line of steamboats. Upstream from her was the Eudora, and downstream were the Edward Bates, the Belle Isle, and the Julia. They all caught steamboats and nine other flat boats and barges.
With the heavens in flames and the population in terror, the fire took hold on Front Street. Feeding on tons of freight along the levee, it swept westward, mainly up Locust Market Square where it was checked only after several buildings in its path had been dynamited. In all, 15 square blocks were destroyed. The fire took three lives, 430 homes, and did damage estimated up to $5,500,000.00.
The riverfront and Laclede's Landing were now charcoal. Everyone had lost someone or something in these months, but the pioneer spirit continued to carry on in those that survived. They had the will to fight all that was set against them and to rebuild their homes in the new frontier one more time.
Those in St Louis owe a great debt to those courageous men and women who lost their homes and their lives during this sad period in history. Laffite's Bar and Grill, 808 N. Collins St.
St Louis, MO 63102
Mon-Sat 5:00pm- 3:00am
Tel: (314) 241-1516
Gambling is not my favourite. But the Casino on the River is a good place to spend time, even you don't gamble there.
Dress Code: A warning is not to bring camera with you when you go there, otherwise, the guides will throw you away.
I am not really a nightlife person. But the Loop is where the college students hang out.
It has a Vinyl store, live alternative bands, cheap music, Independent and Foreign Cinema, pool tables, Fondu restraunts, Fitz (get some rootbeer there), coffee shops, farmer's market, trendy clothing shops, tattooing, piercing, and foreign knick knack shops.
Dress Code: This is the city. You could wear anything and I doubt anyone could care less. Traditionally, I seen young trendy clothing.
There's a new place called the Pageant.
It's a combination of a nighclub and music concert venue. It can get really rowdy and out of control which is fun if you like that type of energy.
Dress Code: It depends on the show really. They have gothic type shows there and they have techno type nights so it depends on when you go.
I haven't been to many comedy clubs, but there's one called the Funny Bone and I would recommend everyone stop by this place.
I can never forget this woman that was a few feet away from me at the beginning of a set. She must have had fleas or some other parasite because she was scratching herself everywhere like there was no tomorrow. I was a little annoyed by it, but I think other people around me realized it too.
Dress Code: Casual clothing is fine here.
The Saints roller rink has Gospel Skate from 11:30 pm to 2:30 am on Friday nights.
If you like to skate, it's really a great time. The music is great and they even stop and pray a few times during the night.
Dress Code: Wear some comfortable jeans or what ever you normally skate in.
McGurk's has live Irish music, and the musicians are usually imported from Ireland. It is a great place to have a fun, sing-along time. And they pour a decent Guinness.
Dress Code: Anything