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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


Pub Crawl in Soulard

Fundraiser Pub Crawl Goes to the Dogs

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – You’ve heard of take your child to work day, but what about take your dog to the pub day?  Well, in Soulard it’s Saturday, October 22, 2016!  That’s when the Frenchtown Dog Park and Needy Paws Rescue invite dogs and their owners to join them for the 2016 Howl-oween Pup Crawl in Soulard!  Dog owners must be 21 or older to participate in the pup-friendly pub crawl, but there’s no age restriction for the dogs!

The annual event benefits Needy Paws Rescue of St. Louis, which is dedicated to saving animals in high kill shelters and animal control centers as well as strays, regardless of their size or breed.  It also benefits the Frenchtown Dog Park Association, which created and maintains the dog park at South 10th & Emmet Streets in Soulard.  The fully fenced park includes a 1.5 acre grass play area with a small doggy wading pool, water stations and waste stations.

The Frenchtown Dog Park is the launching pad for the Howl-oween Pup Crawl.  Event day registration and the pre-party start at 11 a.m. at the dog park.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online via a link on the Frenchtown Dog Park website.  Admission includes free beer at the pre-party, an event T-Shirt (Hoodie option for additional fee), an event Koozie (to keep your cans cold!), an official swag bag full of treats and other goodies, a wristband for drink specials at participating bars.  There will also be attendance prizes!

The pub crawl portion of festivities runs from noon to 5 p.m.  This year’s participating bars include:

  • Molly’s In Soulard at 816 Geyer Ave, St. Louis, (314) 241-6200.  The friendly bar is known for its New Orleans-inspired fare, huge patio and seven bars.
  • International Tap House (iTAP) Soulard at 1711 South 9th Street, St. Louis, (314) 621-4333.  iTAP was named a Top 100 Craft Beer Bar by Drafters Magazine, and with 44 drafts and hundreds varieties bottled beer, it’s not hard to see why.
  • Joanie’s Pizzeria Soulard at 2101 Menard Street, (314) 865-1994.  This is the original Joanie’s location.  They’re known for their iconic pizza, friendly service and gorgeous patio!
  • Great Grizzly Bear at 1027 Geyer Ave, St. Louis, (314) 231-0444.  This is a bar with personality!  Their known for their huge selection of appetizers, including “Grizzly Balls,” spicy balls of cheese and chicken that are deep fried.  They also make fried Twinkies!

The pup crawl will head out from the dog park by noon, and they won’t wait for man nor beast.  In addition to the crawl itself, they’ll raffle off some fabulous prizes for you and your furry friend!  There will also be special prizes for Best Pet Costume and Best Couple Costume (You and your dog that is!).

Event organizers encourage you to dress up your furry friend for a wonderful day of bar crawling in your favorite neighborhood, and they remind you to drink responsibly.

Contact Information:

Frenchtown Dog Park
South 10th & Emmet Streets
Soulard District
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 328-5711