Tired of your regular hangouts? St. Louis has some great new hot spots this year. Whether you’re into craft beers, live music, dancing or sports bars, there’s sure to be a barstool for you at one of these circa-2013 venues.
4144 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
The live music venue next door to Atomic Cowboy that was formerly known as The Fox Hole has been reborn as The Demo. The space has gotten a full makeover, including a new sound system, stage, bathrooms and bar. This is a venue for music lovers to see live shows, not a bar that happens to have live music. The long, narrow room doesn’t allow for quiet canoodling in corners, and the elevated stage puts the band front and center. Tickets run $5-$20 and can be purchased in advance at the Demo website.
The Crafty Chameleon
1384 Clarkson Clayton Center
Ellisville, MO 63011
The Crafty Chameleon is a new haven for craft brew lovers in Ellisville. It rotates 40 brews on tap (including a wide selection of local microbrews). Enjoy a brew on the patio when the weather allows, or zone into more than a dozen large screen TVs inside the bar. The Chameleon also offers a large wine selection, by the bottle or the glass. If you want food, you can peruse the big binder full of menus and order delivery or walk to a restaurant in the shopping center and carry food back.
Gamlin Whiskey House
236 N. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
St. Louis is really excited about its newest whiskey and steak house Gamlin. The new hot spot is owned by the owners of Sub Zero Vodka Bar and their newest partner, the former chef and general manager of Vin De Set. Whiskey is the specialty of the bar here — Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, you name it. The menu is creative, and the atmosphere boasts lots of wood and metal with a modern, manly feel. The menu, as you’d expect, is mouthwatering. Try the flame-grilled oysters made with bourbon and bacon, kale chips or shrimp on ice.
4170 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
If your idea of a killer bar is more of a slick, shiny lounge, you are in luck. Honey opened in February of 2013 and has already become an established spot in the Grove. Honey’s highlights include a great dance floor, weekend DJs, comedy nights, happy hours and a spiffy cocktail menu. Honey is a great venue for weekend mingling or for private parties. Happy hour is generous, running form 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with specials on beer, well drinks and shots.
Mission Taco Joint
6235 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
One of the favorite new spots of 2013 is Mission Taco, which opened in the space that used to be Delmar Lounge in February. The Mission folks managed to open the space, making it seem much larger and brighter. It is serving up delicious Mexican fusion dishes (the carne asada fries are a favorite) alongside microbrews and cocktails. Two kinds of salsa and fresh corn tortillas are made fresh daily on site. Lots of local craft beers are on tap and the new decor is fun and bright.
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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com