Urban Sprawl

 In Feature, Food

The new midtown hotspot Plush brings multilevel entertainment to new heights.


Occupying four sprawling floors of a Midtown building that was formerly home to high-end lofts, Plush St. Louis combines a bar, diner, espresso bar and concert hall
all under one roof. Owner Maebelle Reed opened Plush St. Louis and modeled it after her Tuscon, AZ, club of the same name. The space, with its eclectic décor, is as eclectic as the customers it seeks to attract—a wide range of people from different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, mingling and enjoying quality entertainment together. The multipurpose, artistically-driven enviroment emphasizes creativity in the kitchen, décor and entertainment.

Concert Hall
Accommodating up to 800 people, the two-story concert hall on the first floor presents national, regional and local talent nightly, playing every genre from indie rock to punk to hip-hop. Many of the performances are free. For lesser-known names, the venue’s online event calendar notes similar bands to give you an idea of what they sound like. Some of the larger regional acts to date have included Javier Mendoza and The Voodoo Blues Band. On April 5, catch the Columbia-native band White Rabbits.

Executive Chef David Zimmerman dishes up diner food with a twist in the first-floor restaurant, combining familiar themes with modern sensibilities and house-made ingredients. Sit in a booth or at a table, and enjoy anything off the menu from 7am to 1am.

Main Bar
The circular main bar curves from the café into the concert hall with pedestal
stools and funky art-deco chandeliers. Bartenders serve up classic cocktails
and a large selection of beers, from Stag to local craft brews. The selection of single-malt whiskeys includes Glenmorangie and Glenfarclas. Slainte’!

Game Room
If you’re in the mood to play, ascend to the second floor for a game of shuffleboard or ping pong. You can also enter the balcony space of the concert hall—complete with its own bar—to get a bird’s-eye view of the show below. Or, step onto the outdoor patio for a breath of fresh air.

The 10,000-square-foot fourth floor serves as a small venue for intimate concerts or private functions like wedding receptions. Stripped down to its industrial state, the 300-person space allows for complete transformation to fit the event being hosted.





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