The Ready Room: An Intimate Entertainment Venue That Plays Much Bigger

 In City Guide, St Louis

On any given night, this concert venue could be hosting 750 music-lovers for a live show. Or a wedding. Or a couple of really bad movies, a barber contest or comedy acts. It’s the kind of enterprise that takes its main business seriously but doesn’t let that get in the way of having a good time.

When it launched five years ago, The Ready Room was lauded for its state-of-the-art sound system—and the high-quality acoustics are still a big draw. It has also kept up with the times, navigating the broader tastes of young music fans and offering unique experiences intermingled with traditional concerts.

Performers run the gamut from local tribute bands and original hip-hop artists to nationally recognized figures, such as a co-headlining show featuring post-hardcore heavyweights Citizen and melodic pop-punk risers Knuckle Puck (June 10), and The Strumbellas (June 12), a Canadian-based indie-rock band who rose to prominence in 2016 off the strength of their single “Spirits,” and now on tour in support of their recently released LP, “Rattlesnake.” There’s house music (June 21), a combination R&B and comedy show (June 23) and bluesy psychedelic rock (July 6). Given the superior quality of the shows The Ready Room books, it’s a perfect place to experiment with new sounds and genres.

While you’re in the neighborhood …

The Gramophone
This “sandwich pub” has creative combinations between bread, such as the Fight Club, Taco Del and Big Willie’s Meatball, plus craft beer selections and live music.

4243 Manchester Ave.
314.531.5700

Just John Club
This dance destination is one of the city’s established gay bars, with several rooms and a large patio perfect for summer nights.

4112 Manchester Ave.
314.371.1333

Atomic Cowboy
A longtime favorite for Tex-Mex, this restaurant is also a music destination thanks to Atomic Cowboy Pavilion & The Bootleg.

4140 Manchester Ave.
314.775.0775

This story originally appeared in Guided: The Grove, available now at these locations and in a digital edition.

Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

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