Now Hear This: Live Music Lives at the Firebird

 In Culture, Feature

The Firebird finds a niche as a music lounge Downtown.


St. Louis has plenty of cool cocktail lounges, but good music lounges are a different story. The owners of The Firebird recognized that when they took the space at 2706 Olive Downtown (previously known as Bluebird) and tweaked it with a new bar, new homepage, new look and new emphasis on booking (Mike Cracchiolo) and promotions (Mike Tomko). Both of them, along with several others involved in the ownership or running of The Firebird, are musicians who know the business from the bands’ perspective. It’s an intimate venue—400 people max—with a couple dozen shows a month, usually a national touring band headlining (Mayday Parade, Retribution Gospel Choir) and local bands opening (Jon Hardy and The Public, The Makeshift Gentlemen). The reasonable ticket prices—roughly equivalent to one fancy cocktail—make the music sound all the better (2706 Olive St., Downtown, 314.535.0353). For upcoming show information, log on to




Photo credit: Photo by Brian Fagnani

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