10 Places to Visit in Downtown St. Louis Before a Cardinals Game
Though it may be another five-plus months before we have another Red October, there is much to enjoy when you head into Downtown St. Louis for a game. Whether you’re looking to camp out on a stool with a chilled beer, listen to live music, dance or treat yourself to a meal from a James Beard Award-winning chef, keep reading to discover more about our favorite picks near Busch Stadium.
There is perhaps no better amalgamation of establishments where one can eat, drink, dance and explore before a Cardinals game than Ballpark Village—which is aptly named, seeing as the compound of restaurants, shops and bars does add up to what one would call a “village.” Grab a beer and a brat before the game, listen to live music and pick up a new piece of Cardinals apparel with your favorite player’s name.
The MX is an experience in Downtown St. Louis luxury and culture. The urban hub boasts several restaurants, including Pi Pizza, Porano Pasta and SugarFire Smokehouse. Also be sure to visit St. Louis’ acclaimed National Blues Museum, where you can learn about musical greats of the genre and often hear live music. If you’re in the mood to relax, you could also catch a movie while enjoying a meal at The MX Movie Theatre.
Dubbed “St. Louis’ Original Baseball Bar,” Paddy O’s is your classic sports bar where you can grab a beer to watch the game or swing by to talk through highlights with the team’s most devoted fans. Located right next to the stadium, this venue has three floors, several TVs, bar eats and plenty of parking. It’s the perfect pre- or post-game hangout.
New Arch Grounds
The multi-million dollar four-year project has nearly come to an end, and it’ll all start to make sense once you see it. The CityArchRiver initiative to update the Downtown St. Louis parks and environment circling the historic Gateway Arch is nearly complete, with a grand opening planned for this summer. Walk along the brand new urban park—which will carry you across Highway 70 directly to the Arch—and explore the beautiful monument in all its glory.
Atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, just minutes from Busch Stadium, sits Three Sixty, an elegant rooftop bar and lounge with incredible views of the Arch and the rest of the city. Come here for a more refined atmosphere to enjoy delicious drinks and eats from the Three Sixty bar, or an upscale dinner from the neighboring restaurant, Cielo.
Broadway Oyster Bar
The Broadway Oyster Bar is a true favorite among Cardinal fans as a gathering spot before or after the game. The locale features live jazz and blues music daily, which you can enjoy on the outdoor patio while trying out the menu’s roundup of Cajun-inspired eats.
The perfect must-visit spot on a beautiful day, Citygarden has become a Downtown favorite since its establishment in 2009. What was once two empty blocks was transformed into a green space, sculpture park and large fountain—so bring your swimsuit, especially on a hot day. Splash around in the water and enjoy the foliage before or after the game.
Crafted by well-known St. Louis restaurateur David Bailey, Baileys’ Range dishes out perfectly crafted artisan burgers made from 100-percent grass-fed Missouri beef. Classic burger-lovers will be satisfied with the hamburger or cheeseburger, but adventurous diners can try out specials like the beef-cake burger: glazed pulled short ribs, beef patty, three-cheese fried-polenta cake and arugula.
As part of the CityArchRiver project, the 1.9-acre park Kiener Plaza has recently gone through a rehab. The result is a beautiful green space nestled into Downtown, with a playground, fountains and large concert area near the Old Courthouse that can hold up to 2,000 people.
For an elegant evening of eating, drinking and testing your luck at the casino, Lumière Place is an upscale environment where you can relax at the end of a long day, or treat yourself to a stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. The entertainment center is also located a few blocks from the historic Laclede’s Landing, where a smattering of former warehouses have been transformed into bars, restaurants and shops. Lumière Place is also connected by the Lumière Link tunnel to The Dome at America’s Center, America’s Center Convention Complex and Downtown business district, beginning in Baer Plaza.
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