St. Louis has an incredibly diverse range of options when it comes to planning a night on the town. There is literally something for everyone, even those looking for a more intellectual way to spend the evening. If it’s brain activity on the agenda, St. Louis has the hook up. Whether it be an intense exercise in patience with a night of chess, testing one’s knowledge at trivia or watching a Renaissance performance, this city has “Nerdy Nights” covered. Here are the top events for geeks in St. Louis.
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
4657 Maryland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a fantastic destination for a night of critical thinking, problem solving and all kinds of brain-focused fun. It’s open six nights a week and offers a wide variety of options for players of all levels and abilities. The state-of-the-art, three-level, 6,000-square-foot facility is recognized as one of the premiere chess centers in the country and around the world. Besides providing an awesome place to partake in chess during the evening, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosts weekly classes for beginners and experts, as well as really affordable memberships for those looking to play and learn on a regular basis. It’s conveniently located in the Central West End, so bring in some dinner, grab a table and partner and hit the chess table!
3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63139
For the serious history buffs out there seeking a way to incorporate their passion for the past into their evening, look no further than the Royale’s Cocktail Museum Sunday, which features a taste of booze history. This is a nerdy drinker’s paradise. Come join this weekly late night happy hour running from 9 p.m. to close and celebrate forgotten, obscure or original state drinks from years past. The Royale uses period ingredients and practices as much as possible to make it an authentic, historical experience. And don’t miss this true public house’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day party where it partakes in Irish music and literary readings as well as other nerdy events like the Derby Day Party and St. Louis Feast Day Celebration. And as in says on the website, evocative conversation is always encouraged.
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4353 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63110
For those challenge-seekers in St. Louis, O’Shay’s Pub in the Grove is the perfect spot. It offers plenty of games for those who like to partake in a bit of healthy competition while they’re out and about. On Tuesdays, O’Shay’s hosts its weekly foosball tournaments, Wednesdays are trivia night and on Thursdays it has shuffleboard competitions. Whether it’s brainpower or gaming power you’d like to put to the test, or a bit of both, O’Shay’s is the place. Prizes are given away on all three nights, so head to the Grove and partake in the fun while also enjoying fabulous pub grub and spirits.
The Silver Ballroom
4701 Morgan Ford Road
St Louis, MO 63116
Don’t be fooled by The Silver Ballroom. There is no waltzing at this popular bar. Instead, the name refers to the serious pinball playing going on inside as well as the rockin’ music. For anybody who is a fan of pinball or punk rock, The Silver Ballroom is the top spot. Located in the Bevo neighborhood of St. Louis, it offer patrons a very cool experience. With pinball machines ranging in age from the mid 1960s all the way up to today, its “Retox Center” drinks specials as well as homemade meat pies and punk rock-only jukebox, spending a night out at The Silver Ballroom will surely make for a fun time.
Third Degree Glass Factory
5200 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
To channel your more artistic inner nerd, St. Louisans need to venture over to Third Degree Glass Factory for an amazing evening of fun and fire. Every third Friday of the month, Third Degree opens its doors to the public and provides phenomenal glass blowing demonstrations. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Third Degree also has fire-breathing performers, a live band, a bar featuring a drink-of-the-month and the opportunity for guests to create something themselves such as a paper weight, glass beads or a glass tile keepsake. For a truly unique experience, check out the Third Degree Glass Factory off Delmar in the Central West End. Play with fire, learn a new craft and have a ball with your friends all at the same time.
Meredith Johns is a freelance writer covering all things St. Louis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.