STL Nightlife Insider

By Jennifer Wells
In Culture, Guide

Where to go, who to know, what to sip and more

 

 

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See and Be Seen

PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR

Area 14
Both athletes and recording artists are known to frequent this cosmopolitan lounge. Yes, Area 14 offers bottle service, but with such upscale surroundings, your VIP status is already in check. 16. S.Berniston, Clayton, 314.727.8254.

Bar Napoli
On weekdays, the who’s who patio is perfect for happy hour. When the weekend rolls around, dancing to the beats of first class DJs is almost always in order. Do so in style in one of three private rooms at no additional charge. 7754 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.5731.

Barcelona
St. Louis summers were practically made for sipping sangria, and this hotspot does it right. Be sure to go with a group so you can try both the red and the white versions, and don’t miss the ultra-popular happy hour from 4-6:30pm on weekdays, when it’s just $10
a pitcher. 34 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.863.9909.

Blood & Sand
The best perk of being a member is that VI P status is instantly implied. It’s the mission of owners TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager to tailor the VIP experience to each of their 600
members’ whimsies. They go above and beyond to cater to customers and have even been known to acquire unique liquors for specific patrons. 1500 St. Charles St., Downtown, 314.241.7263.

Caf̩ Eau
Whose definition of VIP treatment wouldn’t include lounging poolside with cocktails? This Chase Park Plaza spot is known for its distinguished service and high-end feel. The pool, patio and live music are definite summertime draws. 212-232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000.

Eclipse
Eclipse’s VIP rooftop table package (10-15 guests) is a must-try, featuring lush seating on the highly sought-after rooftop terrace. Stop by mid-week for bar manager Seth Wahlman’s “Wednesday Cocktail of the Week.” 6177 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.2222.

Exo
Get the party started with Exo’s “So Sexy Saturdays” with themes like “The Red Plastic Cup Party,” inspired by the classic parties of “Animal House” and “American Pie.” Call ahead to reserve special VIP seating with bottle service and private security. 3146 Locust St., Downtown, 314.707.8709.

Lucas Park
If you want a VIP experience but lack an entourage, look no further than Lucas Park, where you can schedule prime seating for as few as two. Choose the VIP room’s cocktail/club vibe or the swanky “CafÌ© Up,” featuring a fireplace and comfy seating. Stop by on Thursdays for half-off Grey Goose bottle service. 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.7770.

Mandarin
Sure, Mandarin has bottle service, but it’s what they do with those bottles that makes the VIP experience so in-demand. All bottle service vodkas are stored in a private freezer at zero degrees for ultimate drinkability. 44 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.4447.

Miso Lounge
If you’re a fan of Asian libations, you simply must stop by Miso for happy hour. For $4, choose between two of its popular 20 oz. Japanese beers and enjoy one of five choice appetizers for $5. 16 N. Meremac Ave., Clayton, 314.863.7888.

Roxane
Happy hour at this eclectic American bistro includes $2 domestics, $3 imports and $5 house wine. Sip your drink of choice on the patio, or in one of the cozy mosaic-tiled booths. Stay late on weekends to dance with the city’s hottest DJs. 12 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.721.7700.

Sanctuaria
A dining and cocktail menu that changes with the seasons is ample enough reason to visit, but add in the Cocktail Club, and you may decide to become a regular. Discounted drinks, members-only events and monthly drawings are just a few of the perks. 4198 Manchester Ave., Downtown, 314.535.9700.

Shiver
Cardinals fans delight! Shiver’s iconic ice chamber, where guests happily don parkas and sip premium vodka, is currently all decked out with this season’s Redbirds. Enjoy the scenery while sipping an ice-cold vodka shot from drinkware made of ice. 1130 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.3900.

Sub Zero
A private downstairs lounge generally reserved for VIPs is where you’ll find premium vodka tastings the second Tuesday of the month. Also on the horizon is a new “Vegas style” sushi bar‰ÛÓwhere sake and sushi classes will allow guests to sip, sample and make their own rolls. 308 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.1200.

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Three Sixty

WHO TO KNOW
Keith Harris, Koncepts
As the owner of an in-demand marketing company, Keith Harris is part party planner, part branding expert, and he has made a name for himself in St. Louis working with young multi-ethnic, multi-cultural urban audiences. From advanced movie screenings to hot after-parties, Harris has his hand in several nightlife ventures, including the new SoHo Lounge and his in-progress day party concept.
Doug Hall, TalentPlus
If you’ve been to an elite event lately, there’s a good chance Doug Hall of TalentPlus Entertainment had a hand in booking the talent. His Rolodex reads like a “who’s who” of local and national acts, including Five for Fighting, Sarah Evans and Shiny Toy Guns, to name a few. He’s in nightlife-entertainment mode pretty much 24/7, so you can count on him to tell you where the party’s at any day of the week.
DJ Lou Diesel, Shiver
You need not have VIP swagger to roll with DJ Lou Diesel‰ÛÓhis knowledge of the scene grants him access to venues that only plugged-in locals are privy to, and he’s never been one to shy away from making new friends. You’ll find him spinning regularly at Shiver and other dance spots around town, so introduce yourself‰ÛÓand add him to your list of “friends in high places.”

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Live and Local

THE COLISEUM MUSIC LOUNGE
Where to Go: An exciting new 9,000-square-foot venue featuring live music and entertainment is breathing new life into the Downtown social circuit. The Coliseum on Washington Avenue offers something for everyone, including a diverse selection of live music that spans the decades, from pop to funk and national to local. A bevy of unique entertainment is also in the works, including comedy acts, fashion shows and cooking demos. 2619 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.531.2864.
Who to Know: “Go big or go home” could easily be Coliseum promoter Ozzie Salcedo’s mantra. The jet-setting promotions guru has worked in New York, Miami and practically every city in between. Perhaps the biggest feather in his cap is working as director of promotion for Tao, Las Vegas. Salcedo intends to bring that same showmanship to The Coliseum with plans to make the entertainment mega venue come alive through an “Electric Circus” on Saturday nights, featuring aerial artists, dancers and more.
Where to Sit: For the best views of the main event, score one of the raised water-wall VIP decks.
Insider Tip: Creating the perfect weekday happy hour was high priority for manager Matt Portell. Stop by on weekdays from 4-7pm for “The Happiest Hour,” and check out the custom flight options.

WHAT TO SEE

Chuck Mead @ Old Rock House
May 3, 7pm
A new concert pops up on this local favorite’s live music calendar almost daily. Enjoy the show a mere foot away from the stage, or up on the second-floor balcony. The lesser-known downstairs lounge is a must after the show. 1200 S. 7th Ave., LaSalle Park, 314.588.0505.

Cinco de Mayo @ The Pepper Lounge
May 5

Dance the night away to the sounds of multiple DJs, who rock the house on Cinco de
Mayo and every other day of the year. 2005 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.2005.

The Spring Standards @ Off Broadway
May 8, 8:30pm

Listen to the beats of some of the best musical talent around in a venue that has a healthy dose of Southern flair. 3509 Lemp Ave., Downtown, 314.773.3363.

Tennis @ Plush
May 11, 7:30pm

Take full advantage of this new Midtown concert venue by going early for a game of shuffleboard or ping pong and staying late for postconcert cocktails and latenight eats. 3224 Locust St., Downtown, 314.535.2686.

Daughtry @ Peabody Opera House
May 16, 7:30pm

The impeccably restored historic venue is back after a 21-year hiatus to enchant and entertain new generations of music-loving guests. 1400 Market St., Downtown, 314.499.7600.

Mary Melodies @ Hamburger Mary’s
May 17, 5:30pm

Sing along to catchy melodies played on the baby grand piano, in a fun and flamboyant atmosphere. 3037 Olive St., Midtown, 314.533.6279.

Local H @ the Firebird
May 25, 8:30pm

Local talent is both showcased and nurtured at this popular live music hangout. 2706 Olive St., Midtown, 314.535.0353.

Afro Beat down @ Urban
May 26, 9pm

The DJ lineup is top-notch at this hip city nightclub. Check Facebook for the lastest bookings. 3216 S. Grand Blvd., Midtown, 314.772.3308.

Creed @ The Pageant
May 26, 7:30pm

Who wouldn’t want to catch the lastest show at this beloved live music staple in The Loop? It was voted one of the top five small venues in the world by Pollstar. 6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.726.6161.

Dead Kenny G’s @ 2720 Cherokee
May 26, 8pm

This eclectic music hideaway is a must for the indie rocker. The local art showcased throughout is an added bonus. 2720 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.276.2700.

Pat Liston @ Mile 277
Every Wednesday, 7pm

Located on the historic Route 66, this rocker atmosphere has live music to match. 10701 Watson Road, Sunset Hills, 314.645.3277.

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Who to Know

WHO TO KNOW
Keith Harris, Koncepts
As the owner of an in-demand marketing company, Keith Harris is part party planner, part branding expert, and he has made a name for himself in St. Louis working with young multi-ethnic, multi-cultural urban audiences. From advanced movie screenings to hot after-parties, Harris has his hand in several nightlife ventures, including the new SoHo Lounge and his in-progress day party concept.
Doug Hall, TalentPlus
If you’ve been to an elite event lately, there’s a good chance Doug Hall of TalentPlus Entertainment had a hand in booking the talent. His Rolodex reads like a “who’s who” of local and national acts, including Five for Fighting, Sarah Evans and Shiny Toy Guns, to name a few. He’s in nightlife-entertainment mode pretty much 24/7, so you can count on him to tell you where the party’s at any day of the week.
DJ Lou Diesel, Shiver
You need not have VIP swagger to roll with DJ Lou Diesel‰ÛÓhis knowledge of the scene grants him access to venues that only plugged-in locals are privy to, and he’s never been one to shy away from making new friends. You’ll find him spinning regularly at Shiver and other dance spots around town, so introduce yourself‰ÛÓand add him to your list of “friends in high places.”

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Take it Easy

SASHA’S ON SHAW

Where to Go: Venture deep into the Shaw neighborhood to find this laid-back hideaway with a menu of outstanding wine and creative cuisine. The repurposed wine-centric d̩cor is a creative and charming addition to the cozy neighborhood hangout that’s known to pack the house on both weekdays and weekends. 4069 Shaw Blvd., Shaw, 314.771.7274.
Where to Sit: The patio is where it’s at.
What to Order: Sasha’s unique cheese plates are a must. You can’t go wrong with the World Tour selection.

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Who to Know

WHAT TO DO

Blondie’s Coffee &Wine Bar
Functioning as a European-style cafÌ© and restaurant by day, and a swanky candlelit wine bar by night, Blondie’s pulls off its dual purpose with ease. Sip a glass of wine after dark, and return the next day for brunch. Customers have become quite smitten with the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar with house-made bacon-infused vodka. 1301 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.6100.

Bridge
Tastings are the standard at Bridge‰ÛÓwith 4 oz. pours on all 57 beers on tap. The everyday offerings are a delight, but the quarterly beer dinners are a must. Look for one in early May. 1004 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.8141.

Copia
People flock from all parts of the country to sip from a selection of more than 700 wines in Copia’s impressive space‰ÛÓthe venue boasts over 20,000 square feet. Go for the tastings (choose from five themed variations), but stay for the amazing outdoor wine garden, which is sure to be a fiesta come Cinco de Mayo. 1122 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.9463.

DeMun Oyster Bar
Everyone knows it’s a great place to dine, with some of the finest and freshest oysters in town, but did you also know they keep that fabulous food coming until 12:30 (11pm Sundays)? Don’t forget the top-notch cocktails‰Û_stop by for a nightcap and a nibble soon. 740 Demun Ave., Demun, 314.725.0322.

EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery
There are so many reasons to visit EdgeWild‰ÛÓcomplimentary barrel tastings, a full tasting bar…the list goes on. Mark your calendar for a “Wine for Dummies” dinner with noted Oregon winemaker Chris Mazepink. 550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield, 636.532.0550.

The Maryland House at Brennan’s
Bar room jeopardy competes with the equally intriguing “Live debates on unimportant subject matter” at this classic good ole boys club. Check it out on May 2 at 9pm. 4659 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314.361.9444.

Perennial Artisan Ales
The reasons to go are simple‰ÛÓdrink delicious beer, brewed in-house, and have a good time. Located in an old Coca-Cola syrup plant, the mood of the microbrewery is intentionally laid-back, and is reinforced with a variety of catchy tunes like Arcade Fire and Toots and the Maytals. 8125 S. Michigan Ave., Carondelet, 314.631.7300.

Robust Wine Bar
Much attention is paid to how wine and food best complement each other, and you need not be a wine expert to drink here. The Robust Factor wine categorization system continues to set Robust apart from the rest. Try wine tastings the first and third Tuesday of every month. We can hear the glasses clinking already. 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.0033.

Salt
There’s truly not a bad seat in the house. Many guests request the front room, with its dramatic red chandelier, but equally popular is the beautiful patio and garden, from which fresh ingredients are plucked. A small plate special is sporadically offered; if you’re so lucky, opt for the scallops‰ÛÓa staff favorite. 4356 Lindell Blvd., Central West End, 314.932.5787.

Taste
With a personal atmosphere that evokes an old-school vibe and cocktails that are second to none, Taste offers a truly unique experience. You’re in good hands, no matter which bartender you choose. 4584 Laclede Ave., Central West End, 314.361.1200.

Three Kings
Opt for a flight of four beers, or if you choose just one, make it the Goose Island Sofie, a bubbly Belgian Saison. The beer dinners are a must‰ÛÓwith multiple courses and fantastic beer pairings. Look for one with Schlafly in May. 6307 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.3355.

 

Photo credit: Lily Liu

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