10 Spots For Meetings In Downtown St. Louis
St. Louis‘ national profile continues to rise as a fitting spot for startups to thrive. But where are all of these business professionals meeting? In just the past five years, Downtown St. Louis has continued its bustling upward streak with new coffee shops, restaurants and coworking spaces perfect for meeting with clients, network connections, investors or prospective employees.
Catalyst Coffee Bar
A portion of the proceeds from this coffee shop with a cause benefit Art St. Louis, which has been enriching the arts-and-cultural scene in the city for over 30 years. If you’re meeting someone in the arts, or just want to share a taste of the city’s passion for creatives and makers, this is your spot.
For a cozy spot to prepare a proposal, have a meeting or finish up emails in a beautiful, inspiring setting, we can’t recommend Kaldi’s in Downtown St. Louis enough. In addition to artisan food and drinks that are the stuff of legend in St. Louis, this Kaldi’s location overlooks Citygarden, a sprawling sculpture garden and park with over 20 large-scale sculptures. A simple explanation doesn’t do this one justice—you really have to go see it.
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
The historic train station-turned-shopping-mall-turned-event-space may no longer be busily shuttling loads of passengers, but it still sure is beautiful; it also happens to house several dining spots, including Hard Rock Cafe and Landry’s Seafood House. But for the perfect business meeting, we suggest having a drink and appetizers at the bar in Union Station’s stunningly ornate Grand Hall.
Blood & Sand
An upscale, members-only restaurant and bar with the feel of a speakeasy, food and drink made with craft and care abounds at Blood & Sand. Members can also make use of two private rooms for meetings, and non-members can make a reservation to test-drive the menu and ambiance before deciding to commit to a full membership.
The Mercantile Exchange, simply called The MX, is a focal point for food, drink and entertainment in Downtown St. Louis. Plan your meeting at one of several dining options, like Robust Wine Bar or Pi Pizza, and then wrap up your night at the luxury movie theatre, where you can enjoy a full bar and dinner menu during your film.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better spot in Downtown St. Louis for a breakfast, lunch or brunch meeting than Rooster, owned by local master chef David Bailey. Artisan coffee, crepes, sandwiches and copious types of egg dishes lend themselves to diners searching for adventure or classic favorites.
The elevated diner ambiance at Baileys’ Range lends itself well to discussing pressing business matters while enjoying burgers and milkshakes made from scratch. The Ballpark Pretzel is a tried-and-true favorite, or step outside of your comfort zone with the ABC: beef with roasted and spiced apples, bacon and Camembert.
Industrious is a premier coworking space with 35 locations across a variety of cities, from coastal tech hotbeds like Boston, Brooklyn and Los Angeles to Atlanta, Austin, Minneapolis and St. Louis. Work in this inspiring space and enjoy its crafted attention to detail as you impress your meeting attendees with the insider knowledge and skills you’ll pick up.
This coworking space/bar/cafe/event space hybrid initially started in the tech hub of San Francisco, and selected St. Louis for its second location. With lounges, meeting rooms and workspaces galore, creatives looking for a lively, energetic spot to work on a new project or conduct a business meeting need to look no further than Covo STL—you can even try a day for free.
The T-REX building in Downtown St. Louis is undoubtedly one of the city’s tech epicenters. Around 180 startup companies work out of T-REX—and if you’re a young entrepreneur facing a business problem, all you need to do is holler down the hallway to a neighboring company who can help. Members can easily make use of the organization’s many conference rooms by booking online, and even non-members can request to use the space by filling out a simple event-request form.
Cover photo courtesy of Roman Bozhko.
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