St. Louis NightlifeBegin an evening on the town with drinks at the Rooftop Terrace Bar , eight stories above Delmar Boulevard at the top of the luxury boutique Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Blvd. in The Loop). A hip crowd lounges on fancy white couches or mingles at the patio under what is reputedly the world's largest rotating man-made moon, snacking on marinated olives while nursing a glass of wine or a classic cocktail. A bonus is the view of the downtown skyline and the Arch in the distance, a nice backdrop for a sunset or later when the lights of the Delmar Loop twinkle below. Phone (314) 721-1111.
The casino offers plenty of flash for a night out. In addition to the usual table games and a poker room, some 2,000 slots feature the latest in video technology. Nonsmokers take note: The smell of smoke hangs pretty heavily in the air. You also can hit Lumière Place for dinner. Enjoy an upscale meal at The Wok, scarf down a plate full at The Kitchen Buffet & Bistro or sip a beer and catch a game at Ozzie's Sports Bar & Grill. Phone (314) 881-7777 for the casino.
The vibe is similar at the Hollywood Casino St. Louis (777 Casino Center Dr. in Maryland Heights). There's a poker room with more than 20 tables, 31 Black Jack tables, six roulette tables, five craps tables and 2,100 slots, and there are nonsmoking areas. The casino's Boogie Nights club has dancing Friday and Saturday nights. Among the dining options here is Charlie Gitto’s, a branch of the celebrated Italian restaurant. Phone (314) 770-8100 for the casino.
Laclede's Landing (710 N. 2nd St. on the banks of the Mississippi) is an area of eateries, bars and entertainment venues occupying former warehouse buildings.
For live music, The Loop is tops. Rock, pop and blues bands jam it up several nights a week at the Duck Room , inside the Blueberry Hill diner (6504 Delmar Blvd.). For schedule information phone (314) 727-4444. Pop, rock, acoustic and metal bands and comedians, including some big names, perform at The Pageant (6161 Delmar Blvd.). Patrons can chill out at the venue’s Halo Bar before and/or after the main show. The Halo Bar also has live performances and DJ sets most nights, and there’s no cover. For concert info phone (314) 726-6161.
Local scenesters congregate at Pin-up Bowl (6191 Delmar Blvd.), a lounge where the bartenders whip up killer martinis and specialty cocktails in outlandish colors. The kitschy décor includes display cases full of vintage bowling and pin-up paraphernalia. There are eight lanes here as well, but if you’re serious about the game this is not the place to work on your delivery. Phone (314) 727-5555.
In the Grand Center arts district, Jazz at the Bistro (3536 Washington Ave.) is an intimate jazz club where you can have dinner and catch local talent as well as name acts. Reservations for music performances are recommended; for tickets phone the box office at (314) 571-6000.
Two downtown watering holes are especially popular for live music. BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 S. Broadway) brings top jazz and blues musicians to town. Memorabilia adorns the walls of this old brick building. Within spitting distance of BB’s is The Beale on Broadway (701 S. Broadway). Down-home blues is the music of choice here, with dashes of R&B, old-school soul and roots rock. Phone (314) 436-5222 for BB's or (314) 621-7880 for The Beale on Broadway.
Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Ave. in the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District) is basically a dive bar, but it’s also one of the best spots in the city for live music. Acts run to folk, alt country, blues and rock, plus the occasional tribute show (Jerry Garcia, Gram Parsons and the like). This is also a good place to catch up-and-coming local bands. Another plus: The smoking area is outside. The Focal Point (2720 Sutton Blvd. in the suburb of Maplewood) provides a casual showcase for folk and acoustic performers, local singer-songwriters and bluegrass musicians. The eclectic offerings extend to poetry slams and folk dancing. Phone (314) 328-4810.
The Moolah Theatre & Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd. near the St. Louis University campus) is housed in a renovated, Moorish-style brick building that was once the Moolah Temple, a meeting place for the Shriners. The screen is huge, and the theater has a beautiful ceiling dome. A full bar and a retro eight-lane bowling alley downstairs encourage hanging out afterward, but arrive early to snag one of the comfy leather sofas that make up the front rows. Phone (314) 446-6868.
Is there a better way to spend a summer evening in St. Louis than attending a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium ? A stone’s throw from the Arch, the ballpark is invariably packed with die-hard Cards fans cheering on their team. So grab a dog and a couple of bags of peanuts and take a seat under the stars. Evening home games usually start at 6:15. Single game tickets can be purchased at the 8th Street ticket windows, located just north of Gate 3, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. until 2 hours after game time; to charge by phone call (314) 345-9000.
Note: RFT (Riverfront Times), a free newsweekly available all over town, has arts and entertainment listings.
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(314) 321-2222 or (636) 441-8467
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, (314) 747-3000; Missouri Baptist Medical Center (Town and Country, Mo.), (314) 996-5000; St. Alexius Hospital, (314) 865-7000; St. Anthony's Medical Center, (314) 525-1000; Saint Louis University Hospital, (314) 577-8000.
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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
Hertz offers discounts to AAA members; phone (314) 426-7555 or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak terminal, (800) 872-7245, is at 430 S. 15th St.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal, (800) 231-2222, is at 430 S. 15th St.
Cab companies include St. Louis County Cab & Yellow Cab, (314) 991-5300 or (314) 993-8294; and Laclede, (314) 652-3456 or (314) 403-7000 (to request a taxi via text message). All cabs in St. Louis are on the meter system. Base fare is approximately $2 to $3.50 for the first mile, with a rate of $2 to $2.50 per mile. The base fare goes up $1 for each additional passenger. A fuel surcharge of at least $1 also is added to the fare, and there is a $4 surcharge for airport pick-ups.
Metro, the public transportation system—which includes MetroBus, the MetroLink light-rail train and the Metro Call-A-Ride para-transit van service—transports passengers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. The base bus fare is $2; $1 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). Exact cash fare is required. A MetroLink one-ride ticket is $2.50; $1.25 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities). A 2-hour system pass (with transfers) is $3; $1.50 (ages 5-12, ages 65+ and customers with disabilities), or $4 from Lambert Airport. Weekly and monthly passes also are available. For route information, current fares and hours of system operation contact MetroTransit Information Mon.-Fri. 7-7; phone (314) 231-2345, or (618) 271-2345 in Illinois.