Hot Spot: The Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy
The Groves hip hangout taps a new crowd every night with the addition of an annexed entertainment venue.
Atomic Cowboy is practically synonymous with nightlife in The Grove. Known for handcrafted cocktails, menu of satisfying Baja-Mex eats and a come-as-you-are vibe, it has been a favorite spot for a diverse crowd of too-cool-for-school hipsters, up-for-anything urban professionals and older, wiser, but just as cool Grove regulars.
But even with the promise of a built-in crowd, Chip Schloss, Atomic Cowboy’s co-owner and Grove visionary, and partner Jim Kellogg expanded the nightspot’s offering to include a dedicated entertainment area adjacent to the bar. Well before the official opening of Atomic’s annexed venue, The Fox Hole, live entertainment had been a key component of The Cowboy’s allure. Last September, Schloss and his team debuted The Fox Hole with a month-long lineup of grand-opening entertainment, and the party hasn’t stopped since.
More Than Music
The venue is a cozy rectangular space accessed from within Atomic Cowboy (a fitting comparison would be Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room). The interior dimly glows with Baroque-style chandeliers, and a giant sliding door opens to the expansive patio. The venue is a simple black box rigged with full theatrical sound, lighting
and production capabilities that lets whatever is taking place on stage—from gritty rock performances and DJ showcases to poetry readings and sexy burlesque—take its rightful place in the spotlight.
The crowd Atomic Cowboy draws is a mixed bag—one night, gaggles of stiletto-heeled ladies dance to beats from DJ Mahf or DJ Deadasdisco while sipping The Cowboy’s artisan infusions and specialty cocktails; on another, casually dressed hipsters, wearing their requisite skinny jeans, swig PBR and wait for Clownvis Presley to take the stage. Some nights, more subdued crowds pack The Fox Hole to enjoy mellow acoustic guitar performances by local musicians.
This month, The Fox Hole once again serves up a diverse schedule of performances, including the classical-jazz-funk stylings of singer-songwriter Dawn Weber, “Cinco de Moustache”—an outrageous Punk-Mex Cinco de Mayo celebration—and a PrideFest-organized band showcase. The month wraps with SLUM Fest, St. Louis’ underground music festival, on May 29.
For a complete entertainment schedule, log on to atomiccowboystl.com.
Have a Drink at The Fox Hole
Late-night libations make for great conversation
Photo credit: Photos by Jonathan Pollack