The team at JitterSwing Dance Clubs constantly assures their clients that “JitterSwing is our name ... it is not a Dance.” Thanks to film and music videos, swing dance conjures images of acrobatics and leaping bodies, but JitterSwing’s instructors are popular for their approachable St. Louis Imperial style, which is slower-paced and accessible to students of any age. They lead couples and singles through group and private sessions that cover many other types of swing dance as well as country two-step, the cha-cha, and the river waltz. Partners preparing for a wedding dance can take advantage of private lessons, and youths aged 10–16 are invited to the juniors program. In addition to the multiple locations where instructors conduct their sessions, JitterSwing staff members also come out to private events to instruct guests of all ages.
Upper Deck Sports Bar expertly entertains thirsty sports-cravers with daily drink specials, 35 HDTV’s, pool tables, and darts. Brimming with intoxicating liquids, the sports bar dishes out bottled and bucketed beer augmented by a kaleidoscope of cocktails. Juicy chicken wings ($5.99) satiate famished taste buds with hot, mild, teriyaki, hot mustard, and traditional BBQ flavors. The spicy Italian combo sandwich is packed with Genoa salami, smoked ham, pepperoni, and cheese ($5.99). Ward off lactose-intolerant zombies with the deluxe pizza ($12.99), a thin crust concealed by mozzarella, then topped with Italian sausage, fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and strips of bacon. Sip a brew on the sports sanctuary’s cozy leather couches and catch the worm charming championships on the wall-to-wall flat screen televisions.
At Pink Galleon Billiards and Games, dozens of hot-pink pool tables make up just part of a colorful and enticing backdrop. Beach-themed decor abounds, and life-size airbrushed murals of pirates, mermaids, and nautical displays sprawl out across the walls. Since the first cue ball was hit in 1993, Pink Galleon Billiards and Games has expanded to three locations spread throughout the Saint Louis area. In addition to pool, Pink Galleon blitzes boredom with ping-pong, foosball, unlimited thumb wars, and arcade games. The family-owned business also boasts a menu of finger-friendly eats, ice-cold beers, and mixed drinks, all of which helped its South County location earn the title of Best Neighborhood Bar in South County from the Riverfront Times.
Although Growlers Pub mimics the no-frills congeniality made famous by its British counterparts, the similarities between them end at the kitchen door. Instead of leaning on traditional greasy grub, the pub’s expert chefs populate their sandwiches, salads, and entrees with fresh ingredients sourced from local producers whenever possible. The Farmer’s Market section of the menu flaunts local, heirloom tomatoes in the caprese salad, and free-range chicken in the chop salad. Chefs also toss Atlantic salmon and Angus strip loin on the grill before pairing them with seasonal veggies, and customize steak burgers with eight types of cheese and toppings, such as fried pickles and roasted mushrooms. Up to 33 beers on tap, and another 40 in bottles, help wash down bites of hand-cut truffle-parmesan fries within the lively dining room or out on the sunny, sprawling patio.