10 Places to Visit in Downtown St. Louis Before a Cardinals Game
When you’re headed into Downtown St. Louis for a game, make an evening of it and take advantage of all food and entertainment the area has on offer. Whether you’re looking to camp out on a stool with a chilled beer, listen to live music, dance or treat yourself to a meal from a James Beard Award-winning chef, keep reading to discover more about our favorite picks near Busch Stadium.
There is perhaps no better amalgamation of establishments where one can eat, drink, dance and explore before a Cardinals game than Ballpark Village—which is aptly named, seeing as the still-expanding compound of restaurants, shops and bars does add up to what one would call a “village.” Grab a beer and a brat before the game, listen to live music and pick up a new piece of Cardinals apparel with your favorite player’s name.
National Blues Museum
Be sure to visit St. Louis’ acclaimed National Blues Museum, where you can learn about musical greats of the genre and hear live music by local and national talent every Thursday, Friday and Sunday. If you’re looking for a bite to eat after touring the museum, Pi Pizza and SugarFire Smokehouse share the block with the museum.
Dubbed “St. Louis’ Original Baseball Bar,” Paddy O’s is your classic sports bar where you can grab a beer to watch the game or swing by to talk through highlights with the team’s most devoted fans. Located right next to the stadium, this venue has three floors, several TVs, bar eats and plenty of parking. It’s the perfect pre- or post-game hangout.
Located right across from Busch Stadium, casual eatery The Midwestern puts bold flavor on the front burner in their barbecue menu that offer something for everyone. Here, you can full-on indulge with ribs, brisket or fried chicken and classic sides like mac n’ cheese, coleslaw and potato salad, or aspire for balance with the beet-cured salmon salad and vegetarian-friendly beans.
Gateway Arch National Park
The CityArchRiver initiative to update the historic Gateway Arch National Park and surrounding spaces is now complete. The 90-acre park features five miles of trails, an updated museum and, of course, the Arch itself. If you have little ones with you, the updated Kiener Plaza’s splash pad and play garden can provide hours of entertainment before the game.
Atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, just minutes from Busch Stadium, sits Three Sixty, an elegant rooftop bar and lounge with incredible views of the Arch and the rest of the city. Come here for a more refined atmosphere to enjoy delicious drinks and eats.
Broadway Oyster Bar
The Broadway Oyster Bar is a true favorite among Cardinal fans as a gathering spot before (or after) the game. The locale features conversation-starter kitschy decor and live jazz and blues music daily. On a warm day, you can enjoy on the outdoor patio while trying out the menu’s roundup of Cajun-inspired eats.
The perfect must-visit spot on a beautiful day, Citygarden has become a Downtown favorite since its establishment in 2009. What was once two empty blocks was transformed into a green space, sculpture park and large fountain—so bring your swimsuit, especially on a hot day. Splash around in the water and enjoy the foliage before or after the game and enjoy a snack from the Kaldi’s location within the park.
Crafted by well-known St. Louis restaurateur David Bailey, Baileys’ Range dishes out perfectly crafted artisan burgers made from 100-percent grass-fed Missouri beef. Classic burger-lovers will be satisfied with the hamburger or cheeseburger, but adventurous diners can try out specials like the beef-cake burger: glazed pulled short ribs, beef patty, three-cheese fried-polenta cake and arugula.
For an elegant evening of eating, drinking and testing your luck at the casino, Lumière Place is an upscale environment where you can relax at the end of a long day, or treat yourself to a stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. For upscale dining with a view of the arch, try James Beard Award-winning Chef Gerard Craft’s Cinder House, which centers wood-fired meat and vegetable dishes. Lumière Place is located also a few blocks from the historic Laclede’s Landing, where a smattering of former warehouses have been transformed into bars, restaurants and shops. To get around downtown, use the Lumière Link tunnel to The Dome at America’s Center, America’s Center Convention Complex and Downtown business district, beginning in Baer Plaza.
Editor’s note: This post, originally published on May 30, 2018, has been revised to include the latest info on Downtown restaurants and attractions. We appreciate writer Christina Woods‘ contributions to the updated piece.
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