Nightlife in Jefferson City

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Whether they're sidling up to the bar or getting cozy at a table, diners and drinkers sate appetites and slake thirst six days a week at 1851 Underground Tap & Grill. The menu is home to a variety of bar-friendly fare, such as jumbo wings, tacos inspired by both coasts, and customizable burgers. Nightly drink specials are also offered.

111 E 5th St
Fulton,
MO
US

Campus Bar & Grill feeds crowds of ravenous sports fans and wandering tigers from a menu stocked with sandwiches, salads, wraps, wings, and more. Throw the kickoff punt with an appetizer of spinach-artichoke dip ($7.99) before flattening hunger beneath the Bruin burger, a half-pound patty with grilled red and green peppers, mushrooms, and provolone, contained by a kaiser bun and served with a choice of cottage fries, waffle fries, side salad, cup of chili, or soup of the day ($6.99). Bread-shunning diners can opt for a wrap, such as the spicy chicken, with honey, barbecue, mild, hot, or unbearable sauce, mixed greens, diced tomatoes, black olives, red onions, and cheese ($7.99), and light eaters can visit the green with an assortment of salads ($2.99–$6.99).

304 S 9th St
Columbia,
MO
US

Hawgs & Dogs' friendly wait staff pours a cascade of 10 draft beers and slings a menu of hearty pub fare in a casual sports-bar setting. Guzzle a bottled brew of Miller ($2.50) or Heineken ($3.50) while noshing on the legendary country fried steak, a 6-ounce steak smothered in homestyle peppered gravy ($10). Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue chicken platter barrel rolls in Ray's eponymous barbecue sauce ($8), delivering a tangy slap to zoned-out taste buds. Hawgs & Dogs' roadhouse chilidogs stake out a slab of stomach real estate with two quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs, doused in a roadhouse-chili cornucopia of ground beef, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, corn, mild green chilies, fiery jalapeños, and microscopic fire extinguishers ($8).

5614 E Saint Charles Rd
Columbia,
MO
US

Cuisine Type: Modern global; American cuisine

Established: 2008

Reservations: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Parking garage

Most popular offering: Lobster mac 'n' cheese

Alcohol: Full bar

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pro Tip: Please make your reservations ahead of time, we'll be happy to have your table reserved and ready.

Q&A with Billy Giordano, Owner/Manager

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?

Our scallops are amazing. Can't go wrong with the diablo shrimp and grits either.

D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?

We have a comfortable, quaint, contemporary lounge setting, offering an upscale feel with a casual approach. We like to focus on the social dining aspect of eating out. Not stuffy, just well-executed.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

It's a global approach to modern American dining. Very eclectic, offering vegetarian and gluten free options, along with your traditional offerings in a not-so-traditional way. There's honestly a little bit of something for any palate.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Large group and private parties are our specialty, we pack the house on a regular basis for birthdays and celebrations.

38 N 8th St
Columbia,
MO
US

Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.

515 E Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US

There's always something happening this eclectic bar, from standup to trivia to karaoke. Theme nights run Monday–Saturday and draw a diverse and friendly crowd that sips microbrews while playing board games, swigs PBR while dancing the night away, or quaffs other adult libations out of the bar's rentable drinking horns. Two dartboards, a pinball machine, and a jukebox add a vintage element to the spot, and free WiFi keeps patrons connected to the present. Eastside Tavern does not serve food, but folks are encouraged to take advantage of the BYO eats policy.

1016 E Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US