St. Louis is home to live music clubs featuring everything from jazz and blues to the sweaty mosh rock of Andrew W.K., and atmospheres at these clubs range from the typical eardrum-bursting rock concert scene to the relaxed cocktails and dessert aura of dimly lit jazz clubs. Pop's is open 24/7, making it a popular destination for night owls or insomniacs looking for a dance floor fix. Grab a 99-cent snack at Fast Eddie's and enjoy live music on Thursday nights or stop in at the Dorsett Inn for free draft beer for the ladies and mingle with locals while a live band sets the mood. St. Louis' multitude of live music clubs are a great change of pace from the DJs at most nightclubs, so grab a cocktail or cold beer and enjoy everything from bluegrass to rock 'n roll to cover bands at one of the city's music venues.
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Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon
800 Cerre St., St. Louis; Tel. 314.241.6969
A mere two blocks from Busch Stadium, Al Hrabosky's Ballpark Saloon is hopping just at much on non-game days than when the Cardinals are in town. Every night after games there is no cover charge for the St. Louis bar, a great deal after paying too much for beer at Busch Stadium. When the St. Louis Cardinals aren't in town, Al Hrabosky's bar can be a great place to watch the Cardinals or Rams on TV with happy hour specials Monday-Saturday. A live DJ spins every Friday and Saturday night for those who need to work off the $2 draft beers. For all those lucky ladies out there, Al's offers free bachlorette parties too!
Backstreet Jazz and Blues
610 Westport Plaza, St. Louis; Tel. 31343.469.8063
What better way to enjoy live jazz in St. Louis than from the comfort of your own loveseat—no, not in your own home—at Backstreet Jazz and Blues. The club in Westport Plaza has a wait staff renowned for their friendly demeanor, and the music ain't half bad either. The St. Louis jazz club welcomes a jazz or blues musician every night except Tuesdays when they let the customers take the microphone for a karaoke contest. The low-key atmosphere is unbeatable in St. Louis.
Baha Rock Club
305 N. Main St., St. Charles; Tel. 636.949.0466
Worth the drive from St. Louis, the Baha Rock Club is a killer venue to catch live shows from great rock bands. Downtown St. Charles is an unlikely location for the bar and club but nonetheless the Baha is packed every night. When bands aren't rocking the house at the club, DJs and karaoke still draw crowds of people eager to get down and croon a popular tune. Up and coming local bands play every week at the Baha Rock Club, so see them early and be able to say you knew them back at the Baha.
BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
700 S. Brodway, St. Louis; Tel. 314.436.5222
In downtown St. Louis BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups serves up music for the soul and food to comfort it. The Loft District surrounding the jazz club is a classic setting for the club and restaurant that has local and acts from around the country performing every night. St. Louis knows how to keep you happy, and so does BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups with their full menu. The jazz club is becoming ever more popular in St. Louis so now is the time to pounce on such a great opportunity. It's not every day that you can get a drink, enjoy soulful music, and soulful food all at the same time.
Beale on Broadway
701 S. Broadway, St. Louis; Tel. 314.621.7880
In the heart of the developing blues district of St. Louis, right between Soulard and downtown, Beale on Broadway has become one of the must see clubs for blues music in St. Louis. Beale on Broadway offers dishes of southern cooking and a long lift of draft and bottled beers. Wine, scotch and bourbon are also on the menu, but when there are so many beer selections why bother? National and local blues acts blow through The Beale on Broadway nightly and each performance brings a new uniqueness with it to the legendary St. Louis blues scene.
The Bistro at Grand Center
3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.534.3663
The bar and restaurant at Grand Center is the perfect place to dine and enjoy a drink before a show at the Fox Theater. The St. Louis bistro offers American cuisine with distinctly classic Southern influences. As one of the great jazz clubs in town, The Bistro at Grand Center has a jazz series that lasts from September to June and books popular acts to entertain the St. Louis crowds. A lovely dessert menu and an extensive list of wine are a great way to end the evening.
Bottleneck Blues Bar
1260 S. Main St., St. Charles; Tel. 636.940.4965
Blues might be the mainstay of the Bottleneck Blues Club inside the Ameristar Casino, but all kinds of live music acts come rolling through. The St. Charles venue has everything from rock to tribute bands gracing their stage. The lounge has a large full bar in the back and on the other side of candle lit tables, a large stage. Local St. Louis bands often do a show in the 1930s decorated theater to the casino crowd sipping cocktails and beers. Several flat screen TVs are behind the bar for sports fans, but make sure to root for the Cardinals or Rams.
Brandt's Market and Café
6525 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.727.3663
Located on the popular Delmar Loop, Brandt's Market and Café offers global-fusion food that is almost impossible to find anywhere else in St. Louis. A main dining room, with a separate lounge and bar area, allow customers to take the option of enjoying live jazz or to focus on food. A full menu of fine cuisine with the finest and freshest ingredients is offered at Brandt's Market and Café, and a libation from the superb wine list or comprehensive list of beers will really bring the food to life. Live jazz and blues are offered almost every night by some of the best musicians in St. Louis at this unique restaurant and live music club.
6691 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.862.0009
For good Italian food, a huge beer selection and live music every night of the week Cicero's bar and live music club is the best place to go on St. Louis' Delmar Loop. The restaurant serves up awesome pizza, sandwiches and entrees while the bar offers an extensive beer, wine and cocktail selection. A game room acts as the sports bar at Cicero's with several TVs, video games and pink pool tables. Downstairs, local and national bands play alternative rock every night of the week. Cicero's has everybody's needs covered all under one roof.
Club 54 Cocktail Lounge
2543 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.533.0202
Blues enthusiasts take note; Club 54 Cocktail Lounge hosts some of the biggest blues artists in St. Louis on a weekly basis. The retro music club and bar is a flashback to another era of blues and makes the shows that much more authentic. The Club 54 lounge doesn't have a bad seat in the house to watch the show, but make sure to get there early for big acts.
3 Patterson Plaza, Florissant; Tel. 314.921.0988
Live music and good food make Coltranes, just outside of St. Louis, worth a visit. Everyone is super friendly, especially the bartenders and servers who are more than willing to please. The restaurant has a full menu of bar favorites making it the ideal place to go for a good dinner then stick around for a good show.
Cookie's Jazz and More
20 Allen Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.962.5299
Cookie's Jazz and More is about as laid back of a place as you can find in St. Louis. The cover charge is low and often includes snacks, the décor is velvety and slick, red candles light the room and some people go to enjoy the live music as a backdrop to a game of cards or chess. Cookie's Jazz and More doesn't have a kitchen, so hungry patrons are able to have food delivered right to their table by local restaurants. This St. Louis live music club does offer various cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and caffeinated drinks to go along with snacks or their cheesecake though. Thursday night is one of a kind in St. Louis as they host a jam session for amateurs to get up and play with professionals. Try to find that somewhere else this cool in St. Louis, or anywhere.
12068 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights; Tel. 314.692.0005
Right outside of St. Louis, the Dorsett Inn has become a hoppin' joint to go to for St. Louis locals and travelers. The bar has live music several nights a week that's perfect to get the crowd dancing. Plenty of entertainment accompanies all the drinking especially when women are getting draft beer for free on Thursday's ladies night. Busy bodies can partake in activities like shuffleboard, pool, and foosball or watch one of the many televisions. There's no lack of things to do and people to meet any night at the Dorsett Inn.
Dutch Hollow Barn
233 Dutch Hollow Rd., Belleville; Tel. 618.235.5868
A huge projection TV makes Dutch Hollow Barn in Belleville, right outside of St. Louis, a great place to watch the Rams or the Cardinals. Dart tournaments up the ante occasionally at the Dutch Hollow Barn while live music, free food and indoor meat shoots also appear on the calendar during the week. The bar offers a selection of beer and other alcoholic beverages that would make anyone smile and all the activities make it too hard to resist a visit to this great local bar.
Fast Eddie's Bon-Air
1530 E. 4th St., Alton; Tel. 618.462.5532
Outside of St. Louis, Fast Eddie's Bon-Air is well worth the drive. The bar and grill style restaurant serves up only seven items, but half the menu is only 99 cents! Get a burger, fries or bratwurst for under a dollar, or get the peel-and-eat shrimp for 29 cents. That's unbeatable anywhere else in the St. Louis area. Fast Eddie's Bon-Air—that's with an 'ie' not Eddy—is the top volume bar in the world. The bar has over 400 chairs that live bands perform Thursdays through Sundays. Bands are local St. Louis bands or touring outfits from all over the nation. Get to Fast Eddie's Bon-Air quick because it's no average bar, it fills up faster than Eddie can blink.
Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen
34 S. Old Orchard, Webster Groves; Tel. 314.968.0061
Jazz and blues live music and memorabilia dominates the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen right outside of St. Louis. The restaurant has an immense menu of southern soul food that would take an army to eat if one of everything was ordered. A stage in the dining room usually features a live local or national band to entertain the St. Louis diners. Over in the bar, happy hour specials go from 10pm to 1am Monday- Thursday. Drink specials and buy one get one free appetizers make the happy hour more than worth going to at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen.
Jazz at the Bistro
3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.531.1012
Across from the Fox Theatre in St. Louis' Grand Center arts district, Jazz at the Bistro has a year-round jazz series featuring up and coming artists, as well as, established performers. A grill serves classic American cuisine with a strong Cajun influence at Jazz at the Bistro and they offer a long list of desserts. The Bistro also has a cozy bar area with more tables than bar stools for couples to have more intimate conversation than with the bartender. The main dining room is large and has plenty of tables all with a great view of the stage. Jazz at the Bistro is the perfect place to take a date or friends.
John D. McGurk's Irish Pub
1200 Russell Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.776.8309
In true Irish Pub form, the only drinks that John D. McGurk's Irish Pub offers at the bar are beers, wines and whiskeys. Sorry, St. Louis, no cocktails here. The pub offers an extensive selection of bottled beers in ciders, ales, lagers and domestics as well as a great number of beers on tap. The dinner menu for the St. Louis restaurant has American as well as several Irish dishes. The bangers and mash or Guinness stew are definitely worth trying. Despite all the classic Irish food and drink, the bar wouldn't be truly Irish if it didn't have Irish music. McGurk's Irish Pub has live Irish music every day of the week that will make anyone forget they aren't actually in Ireland. McGurk's is undeniably one of the best Irish bars in St. Louis.
Lemmons Restaurant and Bar
5800 Gravois, St. Louis; Tel. 314.481.4812
Over on the south side of St. Louis, Lemmons Restaurant and Bar has been making great pizza, chicken and steak since before most of their clientele can remember. Hosting live music Friday, Saturday and sometimes Thursday nights, Lemmons brings rock 'n roll to South St. Louis. The specialty Chicago pizza—forget that St. Louis thin crust—draws folks from far and wide, especially for the house special Blackthorn pizza. When there isn't live music, TVs, video games, pool and darts keep customers busy while they enjoy one of the fine selections of beer. The weekly film festival on Monday nights is always a draw with a free buffet table of pizza, wings and more. Lemmons Restaurant and Bar always has activities going on, so customers will never get bored.
3506 Hampton Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.352.5566
Live bands and DJs are the source of music for the dancing at Malle's. The St. Louis dance club has a full bar and offers all kinds of music throughout the week from folk to rock. The bar is a great place to meet singles or to go with friends and enjoy a show and some dancing. The drinks are cheap and there's always a good time to be had at Malle's.
3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.664.8585
A short walk from St. Louis University, Mangia Italiano is a quaint Italian restaurant that becomes one of the hip bars of the South Grand neighborhood at night. Bellied up to the bar at night are college students, hipsters, and young professionals looking for a laid back night of good live music. The jazz starts around 10pm and the St. Louis crowd is polite and attentive. To go along with the music, the bar offers a surprisingly extensive wine list as well as fine spirits and beer. If live music isn't your thing, at least hit Mangia Italiano for the wine list and for the excellent food.
3509 Lemp Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.773.3363
Some of the premier up and coming bands in St. Louis have performed at Off Broadway before going around the nation on tour. The live music club features national and local music in a small venue where the audience is never more than 30 feet from their music. Focusing on blues, folk and rock acts, fans can buy tickets for some shows online in advance or wait until the day of the show. Off Broadway even serves up sandwiches and a few various snacks for those who work up an appetite while watching the show.
On Broadway Bistro
5300 N. Broadway, St. Louis; Tel. 314.421.0087
The after work happy hour is popular at On Broadway Bistro with local St. Louis factory and warehouse workers. In the bar, several TVs have the current sports games on for St. Louis Cardinals and Rams fans. Video games and a jukebox provide entertainment during the week, and in warm weather, two sand volleyball courts host tournaments. The stage at the On Broadway Bistro features local St. Louis bands on weekends or when a band isn't available, the bar area becomes a dance club with a DJ spinning. Each night has something different going on at the St. Louis bar so customers can come back night after night.
The Pageant Theatre
6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis; Tel. 314.726.6161
Not even a decade old, the Pageant Theatre has already made a name for itself in the St. Louis music scene. With an open floor near the stage and slope to allow those in the back a better view, it's no wonder nationally acclaimed acts are attracted to this St. Louis music club and bar. Thanks to the more up to date design at the Pageant Theatre, the acoustics, facilities and parking are all better than other older St. Louis venues. The Halo Bar in the front of the house is a great reason to get to a show early or stay late to wait for traffic to disperse.
Pop's Blue Moon
5249 Pattison Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 314.776.4200
On the north side of The Hill a hip bar for live music and cold beer has made its mark on the St. Louis music scene. Pop's Blue Moon has nightly live music from local, regional and national acts that draws in a twenty-something crowd. The St. Louis bar has its kitschy quirks like the shrine by the bathrooms that was set up to honor ancient rock gods like Bob Dylan and other idols. Pop's Blue Moon is the perfect place to pull a stool up to the bar and just watch the crowd.
1403 Mississippi Ave., Sauget; Tel. 618.274.6720
Don't you hate it when you wake up at 5am with an urge to dance, but nowhere to go? So does Pop's Nightclub, that's why they're open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Right outside of St. Louis, the club offers two venues in one as a concert venue and nightclub. The bar hosts some of the biggest bands in the St. Louis area with bands like Slipknot, Sugarcult, Andrew W.K., O.A.R. and many others. Local bands also have a shot at the stage as long as they stick in the alternative music genre. Pop's Nightclub usually has a crazy atmosphere and doesn't serve their drinks in glass containers because of it. The live music club is worth the trip from St. Louis for reasonable cover charges and big name acts.
4054 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis; Tel. 3134.480.2415
Where Soulard meets Washington Avenue, and everybody seems to blend together anyway, rBar—like "our bar," get it?—blends gay, straight, comfort and style. Anyone and everyone drinks at rBar. The St. Louis bar was started by the minds of eight twenty-somethings and that's exactly the crowd that their restaurant and bar attracts. Besides killer cocktails, beer and wine there's a menu that offers pizza, flatbread, salads and sundaes. The space the rBar takes up was renovated for the bar and made into a trendy and elegant location with a beer garden in the back. The bar sits right on the tip of a pie shape piece of land formed in the "Grove" area of St. Louis. It's the must see, must be at restaurant and bar in the St. Louis area.
6 Main St., St. Peters; Tel. 636.397.5383
Right outside of St. Louis, Sally T's brings the rock 'n roll to Old Towne St. Peters along with good food and drinks. The restaurant has a full menu but is known for their roast beef and pastrami sandwiches during lunch and dinner. Open mic nights, jazz, folk and rock take up the nighttime entertainment at Sally T's where all ages can enjoy the shows. Weekends are geared towards the drinking crowd when local bands perform to 21 and over crowds. Sally T's is a great bar to enjoy a live local show in a nice atmosphere.
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