Dutch Kitsch Meets Contemporary Cuisine at Das Bevo
Almost a hundred years ago, one of the scions of St. Louis‘ most legendary brewing families took a really good vacation to the Netherlands—and he didn’t want it to end. So when he had to come back home to St. Louis from his 1917 Amsterdam spring break, August Busch Sr. decided to do the next best thing: He built a perfect replica of a Dutch-style windmill at the midpoint between his house and his brewery, infused the decor with some German influences from his own family background and turned it into the preeminent place to drink and dine in his hometown. And he called it the Bevo Mill.
It’s been about two years since Busch’s bierhall was re-opened as Das Bevo, a modern re-imagining of that BeNeLux daydream. Newly renovated by the same team that brought you wedding venue mainstays the Boo Cat Club and Majorette, the newest edition of the Bevo Mill is less about clogs and kitsch and more about sleek contemporary style with a humorous old-Europe twist. Das Bevo’s kitchen serves up a hybrid of elevated Midwestern classics and German comfort food—think sauerbaten, spaetzle and an excellent old-fashioned burger—that’s rounded out, of course, by a full beer menu for you to swig in the bar or the breezy outdoor sculpture garden.
And that’s not all that’s on the menu. Because Das Bevo is actually three spaces in one—and between the bierhall, the Das Bevo Underground event space just downstairs and the biergarten patio, there’s always something to do. On Jan. 19, the restaurant will transform into a crime scene—that’s right, we’re talking murder-mystery dinner theater—while the 24th will offer you a full-on “Mamma Mia” sing-a-long with your meal. From live concerts to the famous Das Bevo Beer Choir (yodeling encouraged,) new events are always being announced on their calendar, so keep them in mind the next time you’re in the mood for a trip to the Old World.