Step-N-Out Dance Studio brings together a talented and diverse group of independent instructors—each expert in their own mix of dance styles. The team of enthusiastic dance professionals, lead private lessons, group classes, and workshops on three separate, mirror-lined dance floors. Together, they can teach everything from the classic ballroom and Latin dances to the fitness-focused belly dancing, Zumba, and trophy-lifting classes. Classes are foundational with a focus on movement, direction, and basic concepts of partner dancing. From getting one's start in Latin dance with salsa and bachata to basic ballroom, classes have a specific focus on teaching novice dancers steps, timing, and connection to build confidence on the dance floor and, in some cases, prepare students for more advanced training.
Bars are great spots for declaring preemptive thumb war on unsuspecting foes, so you’ll need to stockpile rations for a lengthy campaign. Sidebar’s menu offers plenty of options, including appetizers such as onion straws ($5.95), quesadilla rolls ($5.95), Juan Parnello’s queso dip ($5.95), and Sidebar wings (6 for $4.95, 12 for $8.95). Dig your mouth-shovels into a tasty burger that’s hand-pattied daily with 80/20 Black Angus beef. Burger options include the Soprano (pizza sauce, onion, and two cheese sticks, $7.50), the Devil’s Advocate (spicy ranch sauce, sliced jalapeno, and provolone, $7.25), and the Double Jeopardy (two patties with your choice of cheese, $8.50). Sandwiches such as the Roebling Reuben ($7.95) are also available, as well as 12” pizzas such as buffalo chicken ($9.95) and The Big Bill with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and double cheese ($12.95).
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The W.G. Kitchen & Bar, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
As bartenders pour more than 75 aromatic whiskeys and single malts from a healthy menu of mixology-inspired cocktails, a team of chefs diligently reduce the same amber potions into savory sauces. These potent condiments flow freely over burgers and pizzas, punching up classic American flavors with the distinctive kick of Old Grand-Dad, Fireball, and Jack Daniels. On select nights, live bands flood the expansive eatery with catchy riffs and pumping bass, drowning out the clacks of colliding stripes and solids upon red-felted pool tables. An exclusive VIP area gussied up with sleek leather couches and velvet ropes hosts bottle service—vodka, gin, and scotch vie for tumblers' attention. Whisky Bar's private game room hosts corporate events and private parties, and a cavernous, free-access parking lot accommodates up to 150 cars, which is the same number of cars Evel Knievel once flew over—on United Airlines flight 1232.
Bartini's libation luminaries concoct 20 types of flavorful martinis, which beckon revelers from a mouthwatering menu stocked with tasty tapas and gourmet flatbreads. Savor the tropical Cuban flavors and cool mint aromatics of the mojito martini ($12), or roust up recollections of campfires past by savoring the s'mores martini, garnished with a graham-cracker rim and a skewer of marshmallows ($12). The classic cosmopolitan pleases palates with a time-honored blend of Grey Goose, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cranberry ($12), making sippers feel more elegant than a night on the town with Frank Sinatra and his personal balloon artist. In between sipping potables and jiving to hip tunes, customers quell hunger pangs with flavorful eats such as the Kobe beef bites ($11).
In its 11th annual concert, I Hear Music in the Air congregates some of the top voices and most charismatic performers of contemporary gospel music. Host of BET’s reality series Sunday Best, Kirk Franklin shares the limelight once again with the 2011-season winner Amber Bullock. Franklin tours behind his latest album, Hello Fear, which parses worldwide concerns for economic uncertainty and sidewalks on strike with his upbeat grooves, stirring vocalizations, and playful spoken-word pieces. A St. Louis native, Bullock brings the appealing charisma and impressive tonal range she displayed while bopping along to the jazzy chorus of “A City Called Heaven,” the song she sang live to clinch the Sunday Best title. Twenty-year gospel veteran Byron Cage also performs, as does Isaac Carree, former member of the all-male group Men of Standard.