Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
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
Flannery's Irish Pub re-creates the convivial, neighborly atmosphere of an Irish public house in downtown Saint Louis, with Guinness flowing freely and plates of burgers and fish and chips quelling hunger pangs. Guests watch sports on 16 high-definition TV screens, singing karaoke on Tuesday nights, or hop aboard Flannery's free shuttle to grab seats at the stadium on game days.
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.
Serving what the Riverfront Times calls "jazzed-up American-grill standards," Fox Park Grille infuses its starters, sandwiches, and wings with signature touches. The grill's casual atmosphere ushers sports fans and foodies alike to its tables, where burgers stuffed with american, blue, and swiss cheese challenge hands to heft their kaiser rolls. From the meatballs to the sauces, including roasted red pepper, honey mustard, and marinara, the kitchen crafts many eats in-house and remains open until at least 10 p.m. six days a week.
Aside from innovative bar fare, Fox Park Grille also specializes in evening entertainment. Guests vie for the top spot during Wednesday trivia nights, and karaoke singers take the stage on Thursday and Friday. On Saturdays, DJ Rayn spins songs from the ’80s and ’90s for a nostalgic dance party that segues into a fight club for former prom kings.
In the heart of The Grove's up-and-coming avenue sits Joyia, a Mediterranean-style tapas venture from Chuck Pener, the owner of Momos Greek Restaurant in University City, Missouri, that combines flavors inspired by Greece, Italy, Spain, and eastern Mediterranean countries. This tempting combination has already earned the city's attention, with everyone from the neighborhood association to the foodies at Sauce Magazine already buzzing with anticipation. When they're not busy adding to the dining room's unique atmosphere, diners turn their attention to the versatile menu, munching small plates of pork empanadas and spanakopita, grabbing kabobs featuring grilled chicken, roasted lamb, or beef tenderloin. Belly dancers further emphasize the Mediterranean atmosphere with performances six nights a week.