Graduation season is upon us! Whether you want to offer a full family celebration or a chance for your grad to blow off steam with fellow students, you’ll find the perfect option in our list of St. Louis’s best grad party locations.
Mango Peruvian Restaurant
1101 Lucas Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Mango Peruvian Restaurant is one of the hottest places to go for dinner in the city and offers a wonderful place to share a celebratory feast for your grad. The award-winning Peruvian-fusion cuisine at Mango will delight the foodies among you, and the upscale loft atmosphere is both trendy and comfortable. Your group can share lots of hot and cold appetizers (ceviche, raw seafood ‘cooked’ in acidic citrus juice, is a unique and popular offering) or order full dinners for under $20 a plate. Mango has a private dining room that will hold up to 50 people. Call for a reservation.
Tower Grove Park
4256 Magnolia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Tower Grove is one of the Lou’s favorite parks. Lovely Victorian-style landscaping, a central location, lots of open, level ground for playing games and a mixture of sunny and shady spots make it a perfect place for a meetup. Tower Grove offers a number of facilities for rent. The Music Stand was a favorite of Henry Shaw’s and is surrounded by busts of his favorite composers. The Piper Palmhouse is an elegant indoor greenhouse facility for more formal gatherings. The Pool Pavilion was designed to resemble an ancient Roman bath house, and the indoor Stupp Center offers catering for events.
Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
If you’re looking for a beautiful space to celebrate outdoors, St. Louis doesn’t offer any place more beautiful than the Missouri Botanical Garden. Its outdoor spaces include the nation’s largest Japanese garden, rose gardens, English woodland gardens, an expansive children’s garden and so much more. There are eight separate venues available to rent within the Garden for your event, and catering options as well. Call and talk to an event specialist at the Garden to craft a perfectly personalized event for your grad, from formal to casual and intimate to expansive.
701 N. 15th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
If your grad is playful, artsy or adventurous, then they will love a celebration at City Museum. Not your traditional museum, this slightly spooky artistic wonderland is a playground for the body and brain — and very popular with both high school and college age brackets. If your party includes any children, they will be excited about this option, and yet there is plenty here to engage older party guests as well. The Museum offers group rates if you just want to come and play together (make a reservation for your group). There are a variety of party options as well, ranging from a simple private party space where you can bring your own food and drink to a full banquet facility. The Architecture Hall, Vault Room, first floor plus mezzanine or Cabin Inn plus patio area are all available for rent. Contact the Museum to discuss your budget, group and needs.
St. Louis Cardinals Party Suite
700 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63102
Is your grad a sports fan? How about a party box at Busch Stadium? Party suites can accommodate groups of 30 or more and include an indoor, air-conditioned area, outdoor stadium seats, a buffet of hot dogs, barbecue, nachos and other ballpark favorites, beer service and soft drinks and a personal bartender. You’ll even get to publicly congratulate your grad with a personalized scoreboard message!
Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.