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.
The Landing: The Landing
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.
Live on the Levee: Free Headliner Concerts Return!
The Live on the Levee concert series returns, as big as ever! I LOVE this series!!! Some of the groups scheduled this 2007 are: The Goo Goo Dolls, Emmy Lou Harris, Bruce Hornsby, Los Lonely Boys, Pete Yorn, Ani DiFranco, and Steel Pulse.
You get to sit outdoors, Under the Arch, overlooking the huge Mississippi and hear two great concerts each night. Then there's a fireworks show right after. The river breezes cool you off on a hot Summer's night and the concerts are fabulous!
Please see the web site for the schedule & what you can and cannot bring onto the grounds. They have many food and drink booths. Be sure to bring padding if you plan to sit on the arch steps, which is where I always sit, UNLESS I AM UP BY THE STAGE DANCING!!!
Dress Code: VERY casual - it is HOT outside, remember...
- Budget Travel
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Laclede's Landing is the place...
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!
Blueberry Hill: Blueberry Hill
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
Soulard Neighborhood: Soulard Neighborhood
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
>Laclede's Landing... Now a...
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....
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.
Nik's Wine Bar: Nik's Wine Bar
Tucked away in a quiet West End neighborhood, this funky, intimate space is unparalelled anywhere. The wine list is extensive, the music is eclectic and varied and the crowds are diverse.
Dress Code: Anything goes. Hip and urban rule, but many come in looking schleppy too. Whatever floats your boat.