At Oz Nightclub, revelers hit the dance floor on popular holidays, such as Halloween and New Year's Eve, as well as lesser known occasions, such as Thursday. At the nightclub, DJs begin spinning dance, Top 40, and electronic music on weekend nights and don't stop until the wee hours of the morning. Oz's weekly Thursday Glow parties draw crowds of thousands with their innovative light displays, funky sets, and occasional free light-up batons. VIP Pass is Valid for OZ and Pops Nightclubs
In 1999, Jimbo Sinovic opened the first Big Daddy's in the historic Soulard district, less than a half-mile from the iconic Anheuser-Busch Brewery. The eatery's drink specials and tasty pub staples?served for lunch, dinner, and late-night owl watching?established the bar as a neighborhood favorite and inspired its owner to declare it "The Best Bar in the Whole Wide World."
Like many clubs, Mile 277 Tap & Grill has a mascot. But unlike many clubs, it chose a mascot that was not the least bit cutesy?a custom-built motorcycle. That chopper now sits behind the main bar of the biker-themed restaurant, where roadhouse food meets nightclub vibes. It's not the only bike in the joint, either. Hand-painted motorcycle murals brighten the walls, and roped-off areas display motorcycles from local merchants. Even the 20 high-definition TVs probably flash a bike on their screens now and then.
Despite the hog-heavy environment, founder Keith Rhodes wasn't looking to run just another biker joint. He wanted to combine the gritty feel of a highway stop with the festivity of a DJ'ed party?hence, Mile 277 hosts live music and events most nights every week. Before the show, guests can peruse a menu of classic bar and comfort food, with some eclectic tweaks (salmon burgers, orzo pasta, and chimichangas to name a few). The eats and the drinks all follow the chopper theme. Beer is called "fuel," for example, and martinis are "mototinis," but neither are acceptable substitutes for engine oil.
Revered as the "driving force behind The Shack's menu" by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chef Justin Haifley brings an unorthodox approach to pub classics. For every traditional dish, such as pork belly tacos, he crafts off-the-wall entrees such as tacos stuffed with Cool Ranch Dorito's, chicken, and buttermilk ranch. Ingredients such as peppercorn aioli and bacon jam top burgers ground and seasoned in-house, while creamed spinach and seven-spice buffalo sauce supplement piles of hand-cut fries. 20 draft beers help wash down meals, spewing out of taps in an exposed brick bar filled with flat-screen TVs and tables made from repurposed early 20th century doors and late 1800s barn wood. The pub’s proprietors also included a large patio behind a pair of garage doors, which they've soundproofed against the sound of happy, squealing children.
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.
Right on the corner of Clayton and Tamm, in St. Louis' Dogtown neighborhood, the smell of delicious New York–style pizza and the sound of laughter draw passersby into Felix's Pizza Pub. Owners Tom Galbraith and Steven Kolb share a friendship that goes back to first grade, as well as a deep respect for the New York–style pizza: crispy on the bottom, chewy on top, and never too thick or too thin. Chef Andy Roesch whips up these tasty pies from handmade dough, crowning them with fresh toppings such as Italian-style sausage, basil, sundried tomato, and caramelized onion. Diners can also sink their teeth into slow-cooked baby back ribs, wrap their hands around shredded-beef sandwiches and shredded-pork sandwiches, or dip some of Felix's trashed wings tossed in jalapeno ranch.
Guests pair these feasts with cold beers and cocktails. Monday night they sing karaoke, and each March, people rise early and head to Felix’s to stake out prime viewing spots along the Dogtown St. Patrick's Day–parade route, which runs right past the pizza pub.