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Guidebook for St. Louis

Kimberly

Guidebook for St. Louis

Food Scene
Cozy place with a great wine list and LOTS of beer on tap. Everything from cheese boards to pad Thai
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Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar
1004 Locust Street
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Cozy place with a great wine list and LOTS of beer on tap. Everything from cheese boards to pad Thai
This is next door to, and the brother of, Tony's 5 star restaurant. Super stylish, small, and old school Italian. Pro Tip: In the evening you can order from the dinner menu of Tony's.
Anthony's Bar
10 S Broadway
This is next door to, and the brother of, Tony's 5 star restaurant. Super stylish, small, and old school Italian. Pro Tip: In the evening you can order from the dinner menu of Tony's.
This is an iconic St. Louis place. Creole food, live music, patio, and close to Busch Stadium. Everything on the menu is good and RICH. But don't miss the shrimp grinder. Open late.
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Broadway Oyster Bar
736 South Broadway
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This is an iconic St. Louis place. Creole food, live music, patio, and close to Busch Stadium. Everything on the menu is good and RICH. But don't miss the shrimp grinder. Open late.
Small coffee shop located in an Art Gallery. Great coffee, but limited bakery offerings. Love the constant rotation of local Art, modern furnishings, wifi, and quiet atmosphere.
Art Saint Louis
1233 Pine Street
Small coffee shop located in an Art Gallery. Great coffee, but limited bakery offerings. Love the constant rotation of local Art, modern furnishings, wifi, and quiet atmosphere.
All you can eat sushi can sound scary. But the fish is fresh and the sushi is on point! Friendly staff to boot.
Sushi Ai
910 Olive St
All you can eat sushi can sound scary. But the fish is fresh and the sushi is on point! Friendly staff to boot.
Locally sourced eatery with a funky vibe. Excellent crepes and bloody mary's. Only open early in the day. Gets super busy on Sundays, so shoot for going early to avoid the crowds.
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Rooster
1104 Locust Street
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Locally sourced eatery with a funky vibe. Excellent crepes and bloody mary's. Only open early in the day. Gets super busy on Sundays, so shoot for going early to avoid the crowds.
This is the neighborhood corner sports bar. Nothing fancy. But good people, cheap drinks, open late, with pool tables and darts. The real secret here: the best burger in town for the $
Jack Patrick's Bar & Grill
1000 Olive St
This is the neighborhood corner sports bar. Nothing fancy. But good people, cheap drinks, open late, with pool tables and darts. The real secret here: the best burger in town for the $
Super cute spot for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Food and atmosphere are fresh. Outdoor patio too.
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Blondie's Coffee & Wine Bar
1301 Washington Avenue
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Super cute spot for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Food and atmosphere are fresh. Outdoor patio too.
St. Louis loves BBQ! This place serves award winning food. You will not be disappointed with the smoked meats, yummy sides, and portions here. It is right next to the St. Louis Blues Museum and even shares a window for peeking in on the live music or happenings in the museum.
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Sugarfire Smoke House
605 Washington Ave
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St. Louis loves BBQ! This place serves award winning food. You will not be disappointed with the smoked meats, yummy sides, and portions here. It is right next to the St. Louis Blues Museum and even shares a window for peeking in on the live music or happenings in the museum.
Located in the lower level of the Drury hotel, near Union Station. This place is old school Italian. And has been a local favorite for years. You fully expect to see the Godfather in the dark bowls of this place. The house salad and calzone are to die for. And don't miss the turtle soup!
Lombardo's Trattoria
201 S 20th St
Located in the lower level of the Drury hotel, near Union Station. This place is old school Italian. And has been a local favorite for years. You fully expect to see the Godfather in the dark bowls of this place. The house salad and calzone are to die for. And don't miss the turtle soup!
Made famous by President Barack Obama. This is a St. Louis original. Though it is nothing like the the St. Louis pizza tradition of using provel cheese. They offer a thin or deep dish pizza with a cornbread crust. Expect something different!
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Pi Pizzeria - Downtown STL
610 Washington Ave
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Made famous by President Barack Obama. This is a St. Louis original. Though it is nothing like the the St. Louis pizza tradition of using provel cheese. They offer a thin or deep dish pizza with a cornbread crust. Expect something different!
The focus here is on the wine selection and small plates. Modern interior for dining with a large wine bar Located right next to the convention center.
Robust Downtown at The MX
635 Washington Ave
The focus here is on the wine selection and small plates. Modern interior for dining with a large wine bar Located right next to the convention center.
This one of the few options for dining late night in the downtown area. It is quite a unique city experience. And one that you will thank me for when it's late and you're desperate for food. Yet one you will hate me for the next day. So there it is. Eat Rite or don't eat at all. Tip: They will only buzz you in the door if they have room to seat you in this tiny diner.
Eat-Rite Diner
622 Chouteau Ave
This one of the few options for dining late night in the downtown area. It is quite a unique city experience. And one that you will thank me for when it's late and you're desperate for food. Yet one you will hate me for the next day. So there it is. Eat Rite or don't eat at all. Tip: They will only buzz you in the door if they have room to seat you in this tiny diner.
Created by renowned St. Louis Chef, Gerard Craft, the food is fast, fresh, and delicious. Think Chipotle, only Italian and not a chain. Dine in or carry out.
Porano Pasta
634 Washington Ave
Created by renowned St. Louis Chef, Gerard Craft, the food is fast, fresh, and delicious. Think Chipotle, only Italian and not a chain. Dine in or carry out.
Starbucks
521 Olive St
Starbucks
827 Washington Ave
Located in the Old Post Office plaza. This local eatery is known for it's extremely large and yummy calzones. Big enough to share. Though you probably won't want to. Their salads are great too. And they deliver!
Sauce on the Side
411 N. 8th Street
Located in the Old Post Office plaza. This local eatery is known for it's extremely large and yummy calzones. Big enough to share. Though you probably won't want to. Their salads are great too. And they deliver!
Story has it, that this St. Louis gem has a liquor license issue number 1. Originally a sugar warehouse in the days of river front trading. This place is an upscale, nostalgic, and unique place to dine. A food critic favorite and a hot spot in the days of Old Hollywood. With regulars like old Blue Eyes himself (Frank Sinatra.) Known worldwide for it's quality steaks, but little known by most! TIP: Call before you go. They are known to go home early if it's a quite night. But they are more than accommodating if they know you are coming!
Al's Restaurant
1200 N 1st St
Story has it, that this St. Louis gem has a liquor license issue number 1. Originally a sugar warehouse in the days of river front trading. This place is an upscale, nostalgic, and unique place to dine. A food critic favorite and a hot spot in the days of Old Hollywood. With regulars like old Blue Eyes himself (Frank Sinatra.) Known worldwide for it's quality steaks, but little known by most! TIP: Call before you go. They are known to go home early if it's a quite night. But they are more than accommodating if they know you are coming!
Drinks & Nightlife
Saint Louis' best kept secret. An upscale, downtown underground lounge. Host to live music, DJs, and craft cocktails. Located in the lower level of the historic and Art Deco Thaxton Building. The building was constructed in 1927 and it's a 1920s vibe in the joint. Hours vary. Get yourself on The List ahead of time for hours of operation and the password for reduced cover via their web site. Open til 3am. Enter through the alley.
Thaxton Speakeasy
1009 Olive St
Saint Louis' best kept secret. An upscale, downtown underground lounge. Host to live music, DJs, and craft cocktails. Located in the lower level of the historic and Art Deco Thaxton Building. The building was constructed in 1927 and it's a 1920s vibe in the joint. Hours vary. Get yourself on The List ahead of time for hours of operation and the password for reduced cover via their web site. Open til 3am. Enter through the alley.
You will get to know your neighbor in this Tiny joint. Too small not to make conversation with other patrons, which is why I love it! Great cocktail list too.
Tiny Bar
1008 Locust St
You will get to know your neighbor in this Tiny joint. Too small not to make conversation with other patrons, which is why I love it! Great cocktail list too.
Small city bar that has been supporting the local live music scene for years. Heavy on the blues here! Outside patio seating when the weather is nice.
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Beale On Broadway
701 South Broadway
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Small city bar that has been supporting the local live music scene for years. Heavy on the blues here! Outside patio seating when the weather is nice.
Check out the local flavor at this craft brewery. The location is also host to various off beat festivals through out the year.
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4 Hands Brewing Co
1220 S 8th St
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Check out the local flavor at this craft brewery. The location is also host to various off beat festivals through out the year.
Local craft brewery with a small tasting room and large beer garden! They are German all the way. Host to many festivals as well. Prost!
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Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery and Biergarten
3229 Washington Avenue
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Local craft brewery with a small tasting room and large beer garden! They are German all the way. Host to many festivals as well. Prost!
Arts & Culture
Our gorgeously renovated public library is worth a visit. Not only is it an amazing local resource, but an architectural gem.
St. Louis Public Library - Central Library
1301 Olive St
Our gorgeously renovated public library is worth a visit. Not only is it an amazing local resource, but an architectural gem.
Beautiful and iconic. Inside and out.
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Peabody Opera House
1400 Market Street
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Beautiful and iconic. Inside and out.
Constructed in 1927, this theater is beyond grand. It is as the name says, FABULOUS! Host to many Broadway shows and concerts. Just getting a glimpse of the opulent decor is a show you in itself!
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The Fabulous Fox
527 North Grand Boulevard
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Constructed in 1927, this theater is beyond grand. It is as the name says, FABULOUS! Host to many Broadway shows and concerts. Just getting a glimpse of the opulent decor is a show you in itself!
A world class art museum and it's FREE! This beauty dates back to the 1904 World's Fair in our beautiful Forest Park. It is one of the few remaining structures from the fair and sits a top Art Hill overlooking the Grand Basin.
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Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
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A world class art museum and it's FREE! This beauty dates back to the 1904 World's Fair in our beautiful Forest Park. It is one of the few remaining structures from the fair and sits a top Art Hill overlooking the Grand Basin.
Always interesting exhibits for little to no cost. One of the many reasons to visit our beautiful Forest Park.
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Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Boulevard
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Always interesting exhibits for little to no cost. One of the many reasons to visit our beautiful Forest Park.
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Powell Hall
718 North Grand Boulevard
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This city science museum offers lots to do for curious minds of any age.
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Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave
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This city science museum offers lots to do for curious minds of any age.
Entertainment & Activities
This is equal parts museum and interactive amusement. And all parts amazing. This place is a wonder to behold and experience. An adventure for anyone willing to climb and explore. Plenty to visually take in if you are not the adventurous type. Do not miss this place! You'll likely never see anything like it again. It also has a few eating/drinking spots within. Tip: It is easy to lose sight of/or connection with exploring children if you do not go exactly where they do. Opportunities to climb do not always come out where one might expect. To avert this potentially stressful experience, have a plan or meeting place in case you get temporarily separated.
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City Museum
750 North 16th Street
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This is equal parts museum and interactive amusement. And all parts amazing. This place is a wonder to behold and experience. An adventure for anyone willing to climb and explore. Plenty to visually take in if you are not the adventurous type. Do not miss this place! You'll likely never see anything like it again. It also has a few eating/drinking spots within. Tip: It is easy to lose sight of/or connection with exploring children if you do not go exactly where they do. Opportunities to climb do not always come out where one might expect. To avert this potentially stressful experience, have a plan or meeting place in case you get temporarily separated.
This is home to the St. Louis Blues hockey team. Also host to numerous concerts and other sporting and theatrical events.
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Enterprise Center
1401 Clark Avenue
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This is home to the St. Louis Blues hockey team. Also host to numerous concerts and other sporting and theatrical events.
The infamous Ballpark Village. Located next to Busch Stadium. A sports lovers dream/complex. Multiple bars within clubs, within lounges. And the only country bar in downtown St. Louis, a.k.a. the PBR bar. Which is especially entertaining for watching the mechanical bull action...
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Ballpark Village St. Louis
601 Clark Avenue
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The infamous Ballpark Village. Located next to Busch Stadium. A sports lovers dream/complex. Multiple bars within clubs, within lounges. And the only country bar in downtown St. Louis, a.k.a. the PBR bar. Which is especially entertaining for watching the mechanical bull action...
Home to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, who can claim 11 World Series championships! St. Louis fans are fierce and loyal. Downtown comes alive when it's game time!
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Busch Stadium
700 Clark Avenue
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Home to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, who can claim 11 World Series championships! St. Louis fans are fierce and loyal. Downtown comes alive when it's game time!
This is a nationally recognized, world class zoo, and it is FREE! It dates back to 1910 and is also home to the 1904 World's Fair Bird Cage. In addition to the amazing exhibits, carousel, and children's zoo, there is much original architecture to admire.
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Saint Louis Zoo
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This is a nationally recognized, world class zoo, and it is FREE! It dates back to 1910 and is also home to the 1904 World's Fair Bird Cage. In addition to the amazing exhibits, carousel, and children's zoo, there is much original architecture to admire.
There is much insight into our city's history as a river and trading center. Check out the guided tour of the cobblestone streets for the full history of this riverfront area. A good spot to visit on a sunny day. Grab a bight to eat, a carriage tour, or check out the funky little wax museum for some cheap thrills. Also home to Lumiere Casino.
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Laclede's Landing Boulevard
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There is much insight into our city's history as a river and trading center. Check out the guided tour of the cobblestone streets for the full history of this riverfront area. A good spot to visit on a sunny day. Grab a bight to eat, a carriage tour, or check out the funky little wax museum for some cheap thrills. Also home to Lumiere Casino.
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MX Movies & Bar
618 Washington Avenue
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This super fun bowling alley is huge! Lots of fun for all ages. Nice cocktail list at the bar too!
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Flamingo Bowl
1117 Washington Avenue
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This super fun bowling alley is huge! Lots of fun for all ages. Nice cocktail list at the bar too!
Getting Around
This is the closest metro stop to the loft.
8th & Pine
This is the closest metro stop to the loft.
Essentials
Nice local store. Complete with deli, pre-made items, seafood and meat. And a full selection of packaged wines and liquors on the upper level. Try the turkey club from the deli section and have them grill it!
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Schnucks Culinaria
315 N 9th St
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Nice local store. Complete with deli, pre-made items, seafood and meat. And a full selection of packaged wines and liquors on the upper level. Try the turkey club from the deli section and have them grill it!
Sightseeing
Home of St. Louis' historical train station. The grand entrance to this hotel is one of the most architecturally stunning places in downtown. Which is a HUGE compliment in a city full of beautiful architecture. They recently added a magnificent light show that is cast on the ceiling of the lobby. Grab a drink or a bite and settle in for the show. It runs every 15 minutes after 6pm and it is stunning.
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St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
1820 Market Street
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Home of St. Louis' historical train station. The grand entrance to this hotel is one of the most architecturally stunning places in downtown. Which is a HUGE compliment in a city full of beautiful architecture. They recently added a magnificent light show that is cast on the ceiling of the lobby. Grab a drink or a bite and settle in for the show. It runs every 15 minutes after 6pm and it is stunning.
The gateway to the West! And you can take a ride all the way to the top! Though it is equally aw inspiring to stand outside at it's base and simply look up.
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Gateway Arch
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The gateway to the West! And you can take a ride all the way to the top! Though it is equally aw inspiring to stand outside at it's base and simply look up.
If you are into architecture, it is worth the trip to see this beauty. The interior is open to the public for viewing too. But the exterior building itself is beautiful. And across the street is the Arcade Building. Basically, just look up when you are in this city.
St. Louis' Custom House and Post Office Historic Landmark (Old Post Office)
815 Olive Street
If you are into architecture, it is worth the trip to see this beauty. The interior is open to the public for viewing too. But the exterior building itself is beautiful. And across the street is the Arcade Building. Basically, just look up when you are in this city.
If you are a lover of nature and botanicals, you will not be disappointed here! One of our city's most treasured gems! Explore the beautiful gardens and various landscapes in this historical sight. They also have a children's section with educational and creative play grounds. Go!
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Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
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If you are a lover of nature and botanicals, you will not be disappointed here! One of our city's most treasured gems! Explore the beautiful gardens and various landscapes in this historical sight. They also have a children's section with educational and creative play grounds. Go!
Dating back to 1914, this cathedral boasts one of the largest mosaic collection in the Western hemisphere. Check their web for worship and tour times.
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
4431 Lindell Boulevard
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Dating back to 1914, this cathedral boasts one of the largest mosaic collection in the Western hemisphere. Check their web for worship and tour times.
This historical structure dates back to 1936 and is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and greenhouse design. The permanent floral displays are supplemented with seasonal flowers from the city’s greenhouses grown and planted by the Flora Conservancy of Forest Park.
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The Jewel Box
1 Wells and McKinley Drives
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This historical structure dates back to 1936 and is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and greenhouse design. The permanent floral displays are supplemented with seasonal flowers from the city’s greenhouses grown and planted by the Flora Conservancy of Forest Park.