Get To Know The Dark Room At The Grandel In The Grand Center Arts District

 In Feature, Food

Just as photography is slowly exposed in a dark room, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s cleverly named nonprofit wine bar, music venue and art gallery is exposing patrons to new wines and entertainment. The artisanal wines may be foremost in customers’ minds, especially once they’ve heard about the Coravin wine preservation system that extracts wines without opening the bottle. This allows The Dark Room to offer bottles that might otherwise be priced out of reach for by-the-glass purchases. The culinary menu goes hand-in-hand with the wines. Guests can also enjoy a delicious array of cuisine, from soups, salads and sandwiches to baked gnocchi pomodoro and lamb kabob on the dinner menu. 

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Discovery of music and art is another key part of the experience. The venue takes pride in offering free live music—mostly jazz—each night it’s open. Because The Dark Room is in the lobby of the newly renovated Grandel Theatre, music will not be offered during performances, but bands will play before and sometimes after. While enjoying live music, visitors can also take in the rotating exhibits lining the walls, which cover everything from food to rock music and race relations, to immigration and architecture.

The Dark Room
3610 Grandel Square

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While You’re In The Neighborhood, Visit … 

Sophie’s Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club
This swanky bar was built around celebrating the arts, perfect for creatives, patrons and art-lovers.

3224 Locust St.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
The Midtown brewery’s traditional vibe is a great match for its Reverence Series of brews, which celebrates classic beer styles.

3229 Washington Ave.

After the dinner crowd departs for the theaters, this Mexican eatery lets its hair down, with DJs and dance parties from soul to salsa.

522 N. Grand Blvd.


This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s sister print publication “GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District.” Pick up your complimentary copy of GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District at various locations throughout Saint Louis.

Photography by Carmen Troesser.

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