The glorious four-day weekend is upon us! It’s tradition to kick off the break by sharing libations with old friends on Wednesday evening. Meet up with your hometown crew and let your hair down. You’ll find it easier to be on your best behavior Thursday with family. Here are St. Louis’s best bars for letting it all hang out on Black Wednesday.
4561 Gravois Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63116
Luna Lounge is a fun, friendly neighborhood spot in the Bevo Mill area. Wednesday karaoke and tasty nibbles make this the perfect place to gather with your South City crew to kick off the Thanksgiving break. Luna is usually busy and active, even during the week, and has a reputation for cheap beer and fun, friendly bartenders. Luna’s St. Louis-style snacks include toasted ravioli, hot pretzels and thin-crust pizza.
The Royale Food And Spirits
3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63139
The Royale is a popular gathering spot for hipsters and young professionals in the Lou. The bar is clean and spacious, and the courtyard is a great place to crowd around cozy heaters or bonfires. The drink offerings are clever and creative, and The Royale sponsors lots of great events, from poetry readings to holiday parties. Lots of space makes this a great place for larger gatherings. A full menu of dips, tacos, burgers, wraps and sandwiches will keep your crew fed.
Foam Coffee And Beer
3359 Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Foam is a casual coffeehouse by day and a bar and live music venue by night. It has a prime location, right next to the legendary wooden Indian in the artistic Cherokee neighborhood. Foam has a friendly staff, some strange decor and a counterculture vibe. If you want to catch up with a small group of buds, head to the purple sofa in the back room to get away from the band. Foam is the perfect hangout for a funky, alternative crew.
1903 Pestalozzi St.
St. Saint Louis, MO 63118
Venice Cafe, located at the juncture of the Benton Park and Soulard neighborhoods, offers a psychedelic backdrop for your Black Wednesday adventure. The bar opened in the 80s as a coffee shop and poetry venue, and is now a backdrop for all sorts of entertainment. The walls are a mosaic montage of matchbox cars, records and a wide variety of odds and ends. The crazy, creative space is cozy, so Venice is a better venue for an intimate gathering than an expansive one. Caribbean-style food is offered, and the quirky courtyard is a must-see. Tip: Venice is a cash-only bar, so stop by the ATM on your way.
4140 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
This is The Lou’s club for urban bohemians and sexy scenesters, located in the Grove area on Manchester. The Foxhole stage in back offers everything from bands to burlesque. The main bar area offers plenty of space to gather, no matter how large your posse, plus there’s a roomy outdoor courtyard with a fire pit. Enjoy a full menu of Hispanic-fusion munchies, including all sorts of nachos, dips, burritos, tacos, enchiladas and more.
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