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The Dark Room at The Grandel Names New Chef/ General Manager

The Dark Room at The Grandel Names New Chef/General Manager

New Chef/ General Manager at the Dark Room inside the Historic Grandel Theatre

ST. LOUIS, MO/July 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) There’s a welcome addition to The Dark Room, which recently relocated to its new home inside the renovated historic Grandel Theatre located at 3610 Grandel Square. The Dark Room was created to “help bring life” to the Grand Center and north of Washington Avenue during slow seasons and has been very successful at that.

This popular hangout that resides in the heart of the popular Grand Center Arts District now has a new General Manager.

Local chef and marketing veteran, Brett Singleton, slips into the new role. Singleton has been working with the Kranzberg Arts Foundation for many years in a marketing capacity, responsible for helping to communicate and further the Foundation’s main mission which is to provide opportunity and infrastructure to St. Louis artists.

“We are very excited to have Brett on board in this new capacity,” said Chris Hansen, Executive Director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. “He has been deeply engaged in all aspects of the Foundation and truly understands how The Dark Room enhances the arts patron experience and engagement through offering exceptional food, beverage and hospitality.”

Singleton also spent much of his time in The Dark Room’s kitchen preparing food for the restaurants fresh and exceedingly popular Sunday Brunch, as well as, performing as a chef in catering with Hanon Management Group Culinary. Before that, Singleton served as Director of Marketing for Ballpark Village and had a 17-year career covering multiple field and corporate marketing and sales positions at Anheuser-Busch.

When The Dark Room recently relocated to its new home inside the Grandel Theatre it enlarged its space, hours and menus. The restaurant operates under the umbrella of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which is known for looking out for the neighborhood. Every dollar spent goes directly back into the local arts community.

Operating Wednesday through Sunday, The Dark Room offers a “petite lunch” menu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a full dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a limited late-night menu from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. They also offer fun daily happy hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. During operational hours, you will find The Dark Room photo gallery and live music stage open and electrified. Don’t miss out on the Sunday live music brunch program, “Dark Room Brunch Sessions.” It’s presented every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features gospel, soul, jazz and Americana acts. Dinner is available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays as well.

The Dark Room at The Grandel

3610 Grandel Square

St. Louis, MO 63108

Phone: (314) 776-9550

For more information and continued updates, visit:

Twitter: @TheDarkRoomSTL
Instagram: @TheDarkRoomSTL

Johnny’s in Soulard Sold, Closing July 29th

Johnny’s in Soulard Sold, Closing July 29th

Harpo’s to Open into Johnny’s Space

St. Louis, MO/July 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – The birthplace of St. Louis’ Mardi Gras tradition is undergoing another change of ownership and identity, and Soulard is losing one of its best citizens.  Johnny Daus has sold his bar and restaurant at 1017 Russell Boulevard.  The 53-year old has been a key part of Soulard nightlife and destination festivals, like Mardi Gras, for more than 30 years.  Johnny’s Restaurant & Bar will close with a “Blues, Booze and BBQ” party on July 29th.  They’re asking former patrons and former employees to show up the night before for a “blow out.”

John Daus, a Soulard native, has been a force in the neighborhood.  Besides running a thriving business, he’s helped organize the neighborhood’s many festivals—supervising and chairing Mardi Gras, Bastille Day, Oktoberfest, and other events over the years.  Losing him will be felt beyond the barroom.  Now a South County resident, Daus says it’s time for him to shift his focus from his bar to his family.  Married just five years, he’s the proud father of a two-year old.  He says that means he can’t work all day and all hours of the night. He needs to be home.

Daus and his sisters grew up in the neighborhood during its renaissance days of the 1970s.  The family’s first foray into the restaurant business was a rib stand they opened in 1983 in Webster Groves called the Rib Ranch.  In 1986, they opened their first Soulard establishment, Carson’s, a sports bar at 1712 South 9th Street.  They sold it in 1997.  In 1993, they opened Johnny’s and in 1995 they founded the iconic Joanie’s Pizzeria (which they sold to an employee in 2003).  In 2000, John Daus and a friend opened DB’s Sports Bar, which they sold in 2007.  Johnny’s was the last Soulard business the family owned.

The new owners, John Rieker and Steve Barnes, the team behind Harpo’s in Chesterfield (136 Hilltown Village Center) will reopen the Soulard bar as Harpo’s in September.  Harpo’s college-style sports pubs began in Columbia, Missouri before expanding to locations in Chesterfield and Kansas City.  Another on Laclede’s Landing closed in 1996.  This will be the only Harpo’s in the City of St. Louis.  Rieker and Barnes plan to keep the vibrant party atmosphere Johnny’s was known for with bands and DJs on weekends and karaoke every Wednesday.  Daus says current Johnny’s employees are being asked by the new owners to reapply for their jobs.  But the new owners say Harpo’s staff will have less revealing attire than did Johnny’s—one of the original Soulard lingerie bars.

Scantily-clad servers aside, Johnny’s had been emblematic of the Soulard neighborhood even before it was Johnny’s.  It had been one of the original night spots in the newly gentrified Soulard of the 1970’s, then known as Hillary’s.  The first Mardi Gras parade in Soulard was a 1979 march by patrons of Hillary’s to John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub.  It wasn’t fancy, but a second, bigger march followed the next year, and the Soulard Mardi Gras Parade tradition was born.  Besides it’s lovely staff and Mardi Gras history, Johnny’s was known for its chicken wings.  The bar did operate under the motto: “Where the food is better than it has to be,” after all.  And those chicken wings will be missed by Soulard patrons.  But Daus is dropping hints that they might make a comeback somewhere else sometime in the future.

The Best Cheap Happy Hours in St. Louis

The Best Cheap Happy Hours in St. Louis

The Top 10 Happy Hours in St. Louis — that Won’t Break the Bank

St. Louis, MO/June 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Happy Hours – Happy Hour is that special time of day when restaurants and bars offer discounted drinks, appetizers, and entertainment in order to lure in customers.  Although the term dates back to Shakespeare’s King Henry V, and was also used to describe organized entertainment for U.S. sailors during World War II, Prohibition brought us the modern definition of the term.  “Happy hour” was code for meeting friends for a secret drink before going out to dinner in an alcohol-free restaurant.  So, it’s speakeasies that popularized having drinks before dinner.  Today’s happy hour is usually several hours long and takes place in late afternoon or early evening, just as people are getting out of work.  So it’s not surprising that a bar or restaurant offering a great happy hour is a terrific place to meet up with coworkers and friends before heading home.

St. Louis’s rich and diverse restaurant/bar scene includes happy hour.  There are literally thousands of places in the metro area to enjoy discounted apps and drink specials with friends.  Even with the discounts, too much after work reveling can put a real strain on the pocketbook.  So, we wanted to know where to go for a great happy hour that wouldn’t break the bank.  We checked the customer reviews and found St. Louis’ favorite bars, pubs, taverns, and restaurants offering cheap drinks and eats during happy hour.

Topping our list of the best, cheap happy hours is the Tick Tock Tavern at 3459 Magnolia Ave. in Tower Grove East.  This cash-only neighborhood bar offers kitschy decor (owls, clocks, bric-a-brac), plenty of craft brews on tap and packaged, and sometimes free live entertainment.  Tick Tock Tavern had been a neighborhood watering hole from the 1970s to the mid-1990s, but closed for a few decades.  New owners reopened Tick Tock in 2014.  The old corner bar still offers the comfortable vibe of a neighborhood bar, but now instead of two-taps offering Busch beer, they have a rotating set of taps offering Schlafly, Civil Life, and a host of locally made beers, ciders and meads, along with a full bar.  This isn’t a ritzy, flashy place, but it is St. Louis’ favorite cheap happy hour.

Our Top 10 list of the best cheap happy hours in St. Louis is an eclectic assortment of establishments that include taverns, neighborhood bars, and nightclubs.  There’s a bowling alley, a pinball lounge, and an art bar with one of the best patios in St. Louis.  Here are St. Louis’ favorite spots for fun, cheap happy hours:

1. Tick Tock Tavern (4.61 star/80 reviews) Tower Grove East, 3459 Magnolia Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118.
2. The Heavy Anchor (4.54 stars/97 reviews) Bevo, 5226 Gravois Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 352-5226.
3. Shady Jack’s Saloon (4.50 stars/90 reviews) Near North Riverfront, 1432 North Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 241-4644.
4. Colorado Bob’s Ship of Fools (4.48 stars/60 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3457 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-7564.
5. Amsterdam Tavern (4.45 stars/85 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3175 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 772-8224.
6. Venice Cafe (4.42 stars/157 reviews) Benton Park, 1903 Pestalozzi Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 772-5994. Goes until 8p.!
7. Crack Fox (4.39 stars/110 reviews) Downtown, 1114 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 621-6900.
8. Saratoga Lanes (4.32 stars/73 reviews) Maplewood, 2725 Sutton Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63143, (314) 645-5308.
9. The Silver Ballroom (4.32 stars/74 reviews) Bevo, 4701 Morganford Road, Saint Louis, MO 63116, (314) 832-9223.
10. The Clubhouse (4.27 stars/55 reviews) Affton, 9420 Gravois Road, Affton, MO 63123, (314) 696-2285.

With thousands of happy hours to choose from, it’s not surprising that there are several popular joints that just haven’t had enough reviews (minimum 50) to make our top 10 list.  These places also offer terrific and cheap happy hours and received high marks from customers, so we give them Honorable Mentions:

The Waiting Room Bar & Venue (4.75 stars/49 reviews) St Ann, 10419 St. Charles Rock Road, Saint Ann, MO 63074, (314) 890-8333.
SuWaller’s Bar & Grill (4.55 stars/29 reviews) Maryland Heights, 2101 Warson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63114, (314) 426-2600.
The Cue (4.42 stars/36 reviews) Maplewood, 3632 South Big Bend Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, (314) 781-3501.


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The Best Cocktails in St. Louis – Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges

The Best Cocktails in St. Louis - Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges

St. Louis’ Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges

St. Louis, MO/June 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Cocktail Bars – We write a lot about food and the great St. Louis area restaurants that feed our adventurous appetites.  But sometimes, you just want something to drink.  And when you thirst for adventure in our fair city, a myriad of libations await.  St. Louis has a rich and varied beverage culture—everything from craft breweries and wine bars to corner taverns and craft cocktail lounges.  It’s the latter that concerns us here.  Sure, we love an artisan brew as much as the next person, and our appreciation for a well curated wine list is boundless.  But sometimes, you want to wet your whistle with something intoxicating and delectable, and that’s where cocktails come in.  These clever combinations of booze, juices, syrups, muddled fruits and herbs, and other flavorings satisfy both our thirst, and our sense of adventure.

Parched St. Louisans can find relief at literally thousands of local bars, taverns, restaurants, and lounges.  Whether you prefer a dry martini, an old fashioned Old Fashion, a fruity and frozen cocktail, or something more akin to boozy ice cream, there’s a bartender creating the cocktail of your dreams.  So, finding the top 10 was a daunting task.  We scoured the customer reviews to find the mixologists who make St. Louis’ favorite cocktails.  And what we found was an eclectic list of bars, pubs, lounges, and restaurants offering some truly clever cocktails.

Topping our list is a unique concept cocktail bar, Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice in the Central West End.  This is a slushy bar, strictly for grown-ups. Narwhal’s opened in October 2016 inside the historic Gerhart Building at Laclede and Vandeventer Aves, near St. Louis University.  The bar is a nautically themed, attractive space with driftwood walls, beachy accessories, a glittery bar, and lots of sea blue accents.  The drinks are pulled from slushy machines, but these are not the artificially flavored, sugary treats of youth.  They’re seriously delicious, frozen alcoholic beverages flavored with hand-crafted infusions and purees made from scratch in-house.  Some customer favorites include the Apple Mint Julep, made with Kentucky bourbon, Angry Orchard hard apple cider, lime, and mint simple syrup; the Chocolate Mudslide, made with Vodka, Kahlua, homemade five-ingredient ice cream, and chocolate; and the Negroni—Narwhal’s take on the classic Italian cocktail, made with Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, orange juice, lemon, and simple syrup.  The frozen cocktails at Narwhal’s are delicious, and perfect for a warm summer evening, and these unique concoctions are St. Louis’ favorite cocktails, according to customer reviews.

The cocktail makers on the top 10 list represent a nice cross section of what the city’s bars, lounges, pubs, and restaurants have to offer.  There are straight up cocktail bars, elite dining clubs, elegant lounges, and even a vegetarian restaurant known for hand-crafted food and beverages.  So, without further ado, here are the top 10 cocktail bars in St. Louis:

  1. Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice (4.71 stars/62 reviews) Central West End, 3906 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 696-8388.
  2. Taste Bar (4.50 stars/464 reviews) Central West End, 4584 Laclede Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1200.
  3. The Fountain On Locust (4.48 stars/1131 reviews) Midtown, 3037 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-7800.
  4. Blood & Sand (4.46 stars/236 reviews) Downtown, 1500 St Charles Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-7263.
  5. Twisted Tree Steakhouse (4.46 stars/104 reviews) 10701 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63127, (314) 394-3366.
  6. Bossanova Restaurant and Lounge (4.40 stars/105 reviews) Riverbend, 112 West 3rd Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 462-1175.
  7. Thaxton Speakeasy (4.39 stars/109 reviews) Downtown, 1009 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-3279.
  8. Retreat Gastropub (4.35 stars/330 reviews) Central West End, 2 North Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 261-4497.
  9. The Preston (4.32 stars/103 reviews) Central West End, 212 North Kingshighway Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 633-7800.
  10. Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant (4.29 stars/261 reviews) Tower Grove South, 3177 South Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 696-2100.

With thousands of cocktail bars to choose from, there was just no way to include everyone worth noting on the list.  We could have put the top 20 on the list and still left dozens of great mixologists out.  And with the requirement that everyone on the list have at least 50 reviews, that leaves a lot of really great, newer, smaller, or more out of the way spots off the list as well.  With that in mind, we offer honorable mentions to a few lesser known locations mixing up some killer cocktails.  Honorable mentions go to:

Polite Society (4.54 stars/37 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1923 Park Ave., St Louis, MO 63104, (314) 325-2553.  This contemporary, sophisticated bar and restaurant opened in 2016 and it’s anything but stuffy.  The bar program includes a great wine-by-the-glass selection, plus several signature cocktails, including a refreshing Hibiscus Daiquiri.

Propaganda (4.74 stars/47 reviews) Benton Park West, Gravois Park, 2732 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 769-9696.  This Soviet-inspired nostalgia bar opened last June.  It’s red walls and art reminiscent of “Mother Russia” create a unique atmosphere.  The menu is loaded with delicious vodka cocktails.

The Whiskey Ring (4.47 stars/43 reviews) Benton Park West, Gravois Park, 2651 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 669-5817.  Another Cherokee Street gem, The Whiskey Ring offers a neighborhood bar feel, with a terrific cocktail menu.  They offer more than 50 bourbons, ryes, scotch and malt whiskeys, as well as an array of cocktails including some prohibition era libations.

1860 Saloon Building History

1860 Saloon Building History

1858 – 1860 South Ninth Street in the Soulard neighborhood

St. Louis, MO/April 15, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The original building was built in the late 1800’s as a two-family town house with two separate entrances (1858 – 1860 S. 9th St.).  In the early 1900’s the south side residence was converted to commercial space with the north side preserved as the living quarters for the commercial space proprietors.

Over the years the commercial side of the building has been a bakery, butcher shop, confectionery, and, in the 1960’s, a storefront church.  The two spaces were eventually made into one space and became a tavern.  The attached picture was during this time period.

In early 1980’s Richard Marion bought the building for $15,000; changed the front entrance to one door and the name to Marion’s 1860’s Tavern.  The inside remodel included the addition of a stairway to the second floor (the opening in the ceiling when you walk in the 1860’s Saloon front door is where the stairway was located), the historic back bar and the vintage Budweiser neon sign.  The tavern did not have food at this time.

In 1989, what is currently the Game Room was added with a full kitchen.  The exposed beams are from old railroad tresses, which were dismantled in the 1970’s and 80’s when the railroads were in decline.  When this room was finished the tavern’s name was changed to 1860’s Hardshell Café & Bar.

In 1992 construction began on what was to be a garden area on the east end of the building.  Original plans called for an open-air building without a roof.  By the time the project was finished there was a plastic roof along with weather-proof doors and windows.  A unique feature is that the concrete floor was installed with heat pipes underneath so the snow and ice would melt off when bad weather prevailed.  The system is still used today on cold winter nights to heat the floor.  The plastic roof let in a lot of light, but never seemed to keep the rain out.  The roof was replaced in 2013 with beautiful reclaimed wood from an old warehouse in north county.  This space is now called 1860’s Hardshell Café, but the locals still call it “60’s Patio”.

Stay tuned for:

1860’s Parking Lot Miracle
(Installment Two)

1860’s Ghosts, Legends and Myths
(Installment Three)


1860’s Saloon

Author: Tom Gullickson

612 Kitchen & Cocktails Named to OpenTable’s Top 10

612 Kitchen & Cocktails

Hand-Crafted Cocktails + Fresh Food Add Up for Kirkwood Joint 612 Kitchen & Cocktails

Kirkwood, MO/January 4, 2017 (STLRestaurnat.News) – A great neighborhood restaurant isn’t necessarily the place you go for fine dining, although it can be (i.e. Charlie Gitto’s).  It isn’t necessarily the bar and grill that’s stood the test of time, but of course, it can be that too (i.e. Krieger’s).  It may or may not have the most cutting edge menu.  But a great neighborhood restaurant does have great food, a great bar, friendly and efficient service, and a comfortable, lived-in vibe.  That’s 612 Kitchen & Cocktails at 612 West Woodbine Ave. in Kirkwood.  After just about two-and-a-half years in business, they were recently named to OpenTable’s top 10 neighborhood restaurants in St. Louis.  At #8 out of thousands of local restaurants in the metro area, that’s quite an accomplishment.

But then for 612’s owners, siblings Devin and Alison Graham, running a restaurant is in their blood.  They opened their retro 1920s-inspired place in July 2014 in the footprint of their parent’s place, Graham’s Grill & Bayou Bar.  When mom and dad retired, Devin and Alison stepped in, revamped the interior, changing the aesthetics, and renaming it to match the newer, fresher vibe.  They kept Graham’s Grill’s Executive Chef Brian Gabelsberger, and worked with him to rewrite the menu.  They also shifted the focus from family dining to a more pub like atmosphere, complete with a killer cocktail bar, by bringing in mix masters Todd Brutcher (a.k.a. the sangria specialist from Onesto) and Sarah Jones.

The bar features hand-crafted cocktails, sangria specials, and a nice selection of locally brewed craft beers.  Happy Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with nightly drink specials.  There are also big screen TVs, along with drink and app specials during major sporting events, including Blues and Cardinal’s games.  And they have live music most weekends, primarily on Saturday nights!

Since Gabelsberger knows his way around a smoker, as evidenced by his tender, succulent pulled pork and pulled chicken, the menu is barbecue-centric.  They have all the apps, or “first bites” you would expect to find at a great neighborhood joint.  There are dry-rubbed wings, stuffed mushrooms, soft pretzel bites, and spinach & artichoke dip.  But you’ll also find pulled pork sliders and nachos, slow smoked pork mac & cheese, and smoked pork filled empanadas.  The real standouts on the Apps menu are the “Street Tacos.”  They make them four ways and since each order comes with three, you can mix and match them as you like.  There’s smoked chicken with lettuce, cheese, corn salsa and BBQ sauce; or smoked pork with lettuce, cheese, pineapple salsa, mango mustard, and lime.  The shrimp tacos come with lettuce, coleslaw, cheese, tomato, and horseradish crème fraîche.  And they do bourbon braised brisket tacos with their signature slow braised brisket in bourbon sauce, topped with lettuce, cheese, pickled onions, and smoked poblano peppers.  A few orders of these and a pitcher of Sangria (or O’Fallon 5 Day IPA) makes a night out with friends a real treat.

Their “Garden Bites” include house and Caesar salads made with fresh ingredients and their house-made dressings.  The house salad is a blend of iceberg lettuce and kale, topped with cheese, tomato, cucumber, onion, and croutons.  You can make either the House Salad or the Caesar a meal by adding smoked chicken.  The Caesar also has a house-smoked salmon option.

The “Main Bites” at 612 include a pulled pork and chicken combo that comes with coleslaw, cornbread and French fries or chips, as well as bourbon glazed meatloaf, an 18 oz. ribeye, and burgers topped with their own tomato bacon jam, or a combination of pulled pork, cheddar, and fried apple.  One of their signature dishes is the Chorizo Chop.  It’s a bacon wrapped pork chop stuffed with chorizo sausage stuffing and smoked in house.  The large, well seasoned chop is served with a potato cake, green bean casserole and whiskey-braised applesauce.

A couple of highlights from their seasonal “Winter Bites” menu that should be on the menu year round include the Apple Pie Hummus, a smooth and creamy blend of fresh apples, chick peas, tahini and cinnamon that’s served with cinnamon sugar pita chips; and the Bourbon Braised Brisket Grilled Cheese, slow braised beef brisket in a bourbon sauce with tomatoes, bacon onion spread, pepper jack, smoked Gouda and American cheeses, melted together into a gooey, delicious triple-decker sandwich on Texas Toast.

Dessert at 612 is as simple as it is delicious.  There are two choices: homemade ice cream (in vanilla, or the flavor of the day) or warm bread pudding with sweet caramel sauce.  It’s the perfect end for a meal of comfortable, classic fare.

The 612 Kitchen is closed on Mondays. The Kitchen is open Tuesday – Thursday From 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday 3:00 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday 11:00 a.m. to Midnight, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (with Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) The cocktail bar stays open until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday – Saturday, and until Midnight on Sunday.

Since the Grahams opened 612 Kitchen & Cocktails in July 2014, it has become Kirkwood’s “go to” place for craft cocktails and fresh food thoughtfully prepared.  Customers reviewing the restaurant rave about the service and the comfortable, friendly feel of the place.  A big part of that is the attitudes of the owners, who say they want their guests to be the main focus of their business.  They say their goal is for each visit to be an experience to share and not a typical night out.  It’s that customer-focused attention to detail that put 612 Kitchen and Cocktails in the #8 spot in OpenTable’s survey of the top 10 neighborhood restaurants in St. Louis.

Contact Information:

612 Kitchen & Cocktails
Owner: Devin Graham & Alison Graham
612 West Woodbine Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 965–2003


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Ice Creates New Chance to Party for a Cause – 12 Bars of Charity

12 Bars of Charity

12 Bars of Charity St. Louis Moved to January

St. Louis, MO/December 30, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) — The holiday season is hectic. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to do everything we’d like to do.  Add a weekend of icy roads and the window of holiday opportunity narrows even more.  But the ice that slicked St. Louis roadways in mid-December has created an opportunity for charity-minded revelers in January.  That’s because the Twelve Bars of Charity St. Louis which had been set for December 17th was postponed because of icy roads.  The new date is January 7th.  The annual pub crawl raises funds for some of your favorite charities while you have a good time bar hopping across town.  Tickets for the original event will be honored on the new date.  But the good news for the rest of us is that you can still buy tickets for the January 7th event!

The 12 Bars of Charity began in St. Louis in 2012 with the idea of creating a pub crawl that benefited not just one charity, but several locally-based organizations.  Event organizers had hoped to draw a few hundred people to a dozen participating bars that first year.  To say they succeeded would be an understatement, since more than 1,900 people took part.  Since 2012 there have been more than 17,000 participants who have raised more than $200,000 for charity.  This year, 25 St. Louis bars are taking part in the fun and the event has spread to Dallas, Austin, Tampa, Denver, and Baltimore.

This year’s St. Louis event will raise funds for eight different causes:

The World Pediatric Project brings critically ill children from impoverished areas to St. Louis for medical treatment.  They also fund preventive dental care for 400 Missouri kids.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis rescues abandoned and abused animals, many with medical needs, restore them to health, and find them loving, adoptive homes.

The APA Adoption Center is an independent not-for-profit organization takes in more than 3,000 stray and abandoned animals each year without government funding.  This group houses about 300 adoptable animals daily.

Hope for Young Adults With Cancer is a St. Louis-based 501(c)(3) focused on providing direct financial support to young adults (18-40) with cancer.  Hope4YAWC is one of only a handful of nonprofit organizations in the country to do so.

Friends of Kids with Cancer is St. Louis’ charity aimed at helping kids with cancer be kids by helping families deal with the daily challenges of fighting the disease while safeguarding the important experiences of childhood.

The St. Patrick Center is one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment, and health opportunities for people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by Danny Thomas to advance cures and preventive treatments for catastrophic, pediatric diseases and injuries.  St. Jude treats children regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.  No one gets a bill because “all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

Autism Speaks was founded in St. Louis to fund research, increase awareness, and connect families to resources.  It has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization.

Here’s how it works: Go to the 12 Bars of Charity website and select your charity team.  Then buy your $30 ticket online.  Bring your printed (or emailed) ticket and an ID (proving you are at least 21) to registration at Ballpark Village from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on January 7th (the new date).  Pick up your official 12 Bars of Charity team sweatshirt and wristband (you’ll need it for the shuttle and drink discounts).  Then begin the crawl!

A shuttle will take you to some of the best local bars in the Washington Avenue entertainment district, in and around Ballpark Village downtown, and in Soulard.  From 8:00 p.m. to midnight, each bar is offering their own drink specials featuring Bud Light, Budweiser, Bud Select, and Ketel One Vodka Cocktails. Shuttle stops along Washington Avenue include: Flannery’s, Lucas Park, Rosalita’s, Hair of the Dog, Bobby’s Place, and Over/Under. Downtown destinations include the Ballpark Village hot spots: Cardinal’s Nation, Fox Sports Live!  And the Budweiser Brewhouse, as well as the Start Bar, Wheelhouse Downtown, Flying Saucer, Howl at the Moon, PBR, and Drunken Fish.  The shuttle to Soulard will make stops at Big Daddy’s, The Goodluck Bar, D’s Place, Johnny’s, Duke’s, Great Grizzly Bear, Henry’s, Molly’s, Llywelyn’s, and the Social House.  All shuttles will start and stop at Ballpark Village.

Thanks to extra time for ticket sales, there are even more great things happening.  Organizers have announced that instead of $10 of each ticket going to the listed charities, they’ll be able to donate $15!  And when you check-in at BPV, your first beer is free!  If you had tickets for the original event and can’t make the Jan. 7th date, your tickets are transferable.  A friend can even pick up your sweatshirt, as long as they have your ticket.  If you can’t get there to get your shirt, send an email to [email protected] and they’ll make arrangements with you.  So far, this year’s event has raised more than $70,000 for some very deserving local charities, and registration is still open!


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Ring in The New Year at Nick’s Pub

Nick’s Pub

101 Beers and Great Fun on Tap at Nick’s Pub

St. Louis, MO/December 27, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – There are literally thousands of places to celebrate the New Year in St. Louis this year.  Some will seek out a glitzy party with bright lights, expensive food and fizzy drinks.  Others will settle for frozen pizza and a tape-delayed ball drop on TV.  But why not have some real fun and celebrate with your friends at Nick’s Irish Pub, 6001 Manchester Ave. in Dogtown.  Nick’s is your friendly neighborhood bar, no matter where you live.  And like a good friend, they’ve got your New Year’s Eve party covered!

Nick’s has a New Year’s Eve deal that takes care of everything.  The party starts at 9:00 p.m. and runs until 12:20 a.m. (but the bar is open until 3 a.m. like always)!  For $15 at the door you get a dinner buffet (9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) and $2 “You Call It” premium drafts (over 70 to choose from), and premium liquors.  The band You, Me and Dougie will play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  And there’s a free champagne toast at midnight!

Anthony Doria and Roy Butler of You, Me and Dougie performing their original song “I Wish” live on Face the Music STL 2014.

That’s great food, a huge beer selection (101 on tap!), music and fun at everybody’s favorite neighborhood bar, Nick’s Irish Pub!  Just call 314-781-7806 or email [email protected] to reserve your table for the friendliest New Year’s Eve party in town.

If you need a little more space to celebrate, Nick’s has you covered.  You can reserve a private party room upstairs and throw your own bash for 50 of your closest friends!  It’s available for New Year’s Eve, or any special event!
Contact Information:

Nick’s Irish Pub
6001 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
[email protected]


Contributing Editors: Susan Smith-Harmon and Kara Savio


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Rock and Brews Opens Tomorrow

CHESTERFIELD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Rock and Brews Opens Tomorrow – Many consumers have been waiting for this opening for months.  Tomorrow, Rock and Brews will open its Chesterfield, MO location at 11 am.  We’ve written about this for a few months now and it has been one of our most viewed articles with thousands of views by anticipated consumers.  While two of the most recognized rock stars and founders of Rock and Brews, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, will not be present, they are scheduled to be attending the grand opening in January.  More than likely that will not stop consumers from attending this event.

The new establishment will be busy, but for those that are not distracted by the presidential election, the first couple of days might be a great time to give it a try as many consumers will be clued to their television for the next couple of days.  After the election, many might just visit to drink and celebrate or to mourn their loss.

Rock and Brews Opens Tomorrow

Rock and Brews Opens Tomorrow

We stopped in during a private event today (Sunday, November 6th) and grabbed some pictures.  It looks great and the atrium looking addition will be a great addition to the building and its functionality.  It is large offering spacious seating and resulting in a casual, but classy atmosphere, designed to attract consumers to stay and enjoy their favorite beer or pub type of food with multiple television strategically located throughout the facility.

Rock and Brews Opens Tomorrow

Rock and Brews Opens Tomorrow

The Grand Opening is scheduled to be January 11, 2017 and we have been told by employees of their corporate headquarters that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are scheduled to be present.  We will continue to monitor the situation and report any change that might occur.

STL Restaurant News congratulates and welcomes Rock and Brews to the Chesterfield, MO area.

Rock and Brews is located at:

17258 Chesterfield Airport Road

Chesterfield, MO

News clips of Rock and Brews Openings in Other Locations – Enjoy!

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An Unpretentious Sport for St. Louis Foodies – Three Flags Tavern

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – You’ve no doubt heard of restaurants and taverns with “Happy Hours,” but have you heard of “Oyster Hours?”  You have if you’ve been among the lucky St. Louis diners who’ve discovered Three Flags Tavern, 4940 Southwest Avenue in St. Louis (on the Hill).  When Chef John O’Brien and wife Cathy opened TFT in 2014, they were aiming for a neighborhood place with good food and service.  What they got is a bright spot in St. Louis’ culinary scene, with impeccably executed but unfussy food served well, in a friendly, inviting tavern.

The restaurant gets its name from the history of St. Louis.  On March 9-10, 1804, the flags of Spain, France and the United States each hung over the city during the ceremonial transfer of the Louisiana Territory.  The event is known as Three Flags Day.  The O’Briens were inspired by the culinary intersection of the three great nations and say it was relevant to the direction their menu was taking, so they went with it, and Three Flags Tavern was born.

And “tavern” really is the right term for this neighborhood restaurant.  There’s a bar, and several tables, but it feels more like an inviting and cozy stopover for hungry travelers than a simple bar and grill.  The professional, friendly hospitality offered makes the place feel like your favorite neighborhood pub.  But the meticulous attention to detail and exceptional menu take it to the next level.  No wonder they were among Opentable’s 2016 top 10 restaurants fit for foodies in the St. Louis region.

Dinner at TFT can be as simple and familiar as fried chicken, pomme puree (elevated mashed potatoes), greens and biscuit.  Or a little more adventurous like their Serrano wrapped pork loin chop, served with gnocchi, pickled rosemary pears, and goat cheese crema.  Both are simply delicious.  But in the unpretentious style that is Three Flags Tavern, you can also get burger (made with ground brisket) and fresh fries or fresh lobster rolls (Connecticut or Maine style), and of course, oysters.  They’re a regular menu item, but during Oyster Hours, Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm the Oysters are $1.50 each!  There are also beer, wine and drink specials.

Three Flags Tavern offers dinner seven-days a week, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.  Bunch hint: Try the buttermilk biscuits (scones) with genuine Devonshire Cream and fruit preserves!

You can dine at the bar, in the cozy dining room, or, while the weather holds, on their lovely tree-shaded patio.  Reservations are not required, but they are recommended.  They can be made on the restaurant’s website or by phone.

Contact Information:

Three Flags Tavern

Owners: Chef John & Cathy O’Brien

4940 Southwest Ave.

St. Louis, MO

Phone: (314) 669-9222

Email:[email protected]