Guide To Music Venues In St. Louis

By Cara Wegener
In Culture

St. Louis is home to a lot of great places to play and see live music. Do your research! There’s a place out there for all of us, and this list certainly doesn’t cover them all. Here’s 40 of our favorite local music venues.

Photo courtesy of The Ready Room

Photo courtesy of The Ready Room

1/ 2720 Cherokee

DJs, live art, burlesque, jam bands and more, 2720 is often the home of Aaron Kamm and The One Drops and other positive grooves.

2/ Art Bar

A place that collects creatives on Cherokee St. If you’re here on a Sunday, this spot is usually open and someone is usually performing.

3/ The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy

Local bands of all genres can be found doing their thing at The Bootleg—everything from bluegrass to the kid bands from School of Rock.

4/ BB’s Soups, Jazz and Blues

Just like it says in the name, you will find the best jazz and blues players (and soup!) here at BB’s.

5/ Beale on Broadway

As part of the same little blues district down on Broadway, Beale is always a fun time. Your mind might be blown by the talent that graces this stage.

6/ Broadway Oyster Bar

One of the most popular bars in the city allows for dinner and a show, giving it a true New Orleans feel—and you are walking distance from Beale or BBs!

7/ Blank Space

This space is great for acoustic performances upstairs or loud rock shows downstairs. DJs, hip hop, laser shows and fog machines are not unheard of here.

8/ Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room

The Duck Room is internationally know, seeing as Chuck Berry himself has been known to grace the stage many, many times.

9/ Chaifetz Arena 

Massive national acts play this arena, such as Bruce Springsteen or Carrie Underwood. Comedians such as Katt Williams can be seen here, too!

10/ Cicero’s

Located not far from the Duck Room on the Delmar Loop, Cicero’s venue is dark, quaint and not mention some of the best pizza in town.

11/ Crack Fox

You can find anything from open mic nights to burlesque at Crack Fox.

12/ The Demo

One of the best venue’s in town for intimate performances and great sound.

13/ Firebird

The Firebird brings bigger acts, of all genres, coming through St. Louis on nationwide tours. Keep your eye out for your favorite underground acts, you never know who might be coming through the Firebird!

14/ Foam Coffee Shop

On the corner of Jefferson and Cherokee, Foam is a quaint coffee shop and music venue where you can mingle with Cherokee dwellers, local acts and touring groups from all over.

15/ Focal Point

In the neighborhood of Maplewood, Focal Point gives folk and americana singer-songwriters a place to play, among other various genres and events.

16/ The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Since 1929, the Fox Theatre has been the most iconic theater in St. Louis, and was once the second largest theatre in the states. Broadway musicals, comedians, talk show hosts, and of course national music acts come through this one-of-a-kind venue.

17/ Fubar

Known for their place in heavy metal musicians’ hearts, Fubar also does their fair share of hip-hop shows. There’s lots of energy on stage at this Locust St. venue.

18/ The Heavy Anchor

If you find yourself on the south side of Gravois, stop into the Heavy Anchor for anything from sketch comedy to movie night. It’s a favorite spot for local musicians, comedians and south-siders.

19/ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 

Located in Maryland Heights, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre is the largest outdoor venue in St. Louis for summer concerts.

20/ Jazz at the Bistro

If you find yourself wanting a low-key night complete with some of the best jazz players around, this is your spot.

21/ Kranzberg Arts Center

Located in Grand Center, the Kranzberg is a spot that provides anything from musicals, jazz or hip-hop. It’s a great venue to expand your palate.

22/ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center 

A quaint space for traveling and local artists to perform. This DIY spot comes complete with sofas for seating and a backyard garden.

23/ The Luminary

Also a Cherokee St. dwelling, the Luminary is a much larger space that provides art installations and a great spot to really put on a show.

24/ Music Record Shop

Record shops are not off limits on this list! Some of the best stripped down performances can be seen here about once a month.

25/ Off Broadway

One of St. Louis’ most beloved venues, Off Broadway always guarantees great sound, great bands and a lot of tribute nights for our favorite past artists. (Check it out Feb. 6 for A Tribute to Neil Young!)

26/ Old Rock House

The Old Rock House brings through big name acts, jam bands, bluegrass and tribute bands. It’s not hard to hangout with your hero’s here after the show!

27/ The Pageant

Located in the Delmar Loop, this venue packs the house with nationally recognized touring acts of all genres. However, it’s not unlikely that a local artist will make the bill as an opening act!

28/ Peabody Opera House 

As another one of St. Louis’ bigger venues, this gorgeous building houses anything from Broadway acts to comedy to family shows.

29/ Powell Symphony Music Hall 

Founded in 1880, this iconic building is home to the internationally recognized St. Louis Symphony.

30/ Ready Room

A newer STL venue located near The Demo and Music Record Shop in The Grove. The Ready Room brings through bigger name indie acts due to their great stage, sound and lighting.

31/ Red Fish, Blue Fish

Just outside of St. Louis, on Main Street in St. Charles, this venue offers blues bands, jam bands and cover bands from around town.

32/ San Loo

What used to be the old Livery Co., is now San Loo. With the vibe of a punk rock bar, San Loo offers all genres of music. Check out Monday nights to get a taste!

33/ Schlafly Tap Room

Off Locust downtown, this venue allows you to try some of St. Louis’ most famous craft beers, amazing food and a plethora of local talent.

34/ Schlafly Bottleworks 

Don’t forget about the Schlafly location in Maplewood. This one’s great for summer concerts on their large outdoor patio.

35/ Scottrade Center 

The Scottrade Center is home to the STL Blues hockey team. It also serves as an arena for globally recognized artists like AC/DC, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

36/ The Sheldon Concert Hall 

Built in 1912, The Sheldon is known for it’s jazz, folk and classical concerts. This stage has seen the likes of B.B. King, Joan Baez and Willie Nelson.

37/ The Stage at KDHX Magnolia Cafe

The Stage offers an intimate space for folk, americana and singer-songwriter type performances. It’s a great spot for sit-down performances.

38/ Stagger Inn

Though it’s not exactly in St. Louis, many musicians cross the bridge to play this legendary spot in Edwardsville, IL earning it a spot on the list.

39/ Venice Cafe

A must-see venue in St. Louis simply for the impressive interior, famous outdoor boat bar and intimate performance area. Open mic nights on Mondays!

40/ Vintage Vinyl

Vintage Vinyl keeps you on your toes with pop-up shows and in-store performances—including everyone from Marilyn Manson to Black Eyed Peas!

 

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