For more than 25 years, The St. Louis Funny Bone has hosted national touring acts and local comedic talent in its cozy club for diverse 90-minute stand-up sets. While headlining jokesters dominate weekend slots, humorous hopefuls can sign up for Tuesday night open mics. During open mics, 12 to 20 performers test out their material in four-minute slots. The club strictly adheres to the time constraint, reprimanding participants who exceed 240 seconds with a month-long ban from the club and a nuggie administered by the nearest carrot top. Up to 300 attendees per show can witness these plunders and successes while sitting in either the VIP or general admission areas. Both sections offer alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, along with appetizers such as pizza slices, chicken wings, and toasted raviolis.
The floating oak dance floor of U Can Dance Studio has been privy to myriad styles of fancy footwork since its inception in 1991, from ballroom and swing to hip-hop, disco, and samba. Stretching across 4,000 square feet, the pristine surface supports the nimble soles of the studio's certified instructors, who expertly lead students of all ages and levels during group classes and private lessons. Public dance parties beckon pupils to show off their newly gleaned skills and pictures of their dog wearing a tutu to one another in an encouraging environment.
Unlike the poolrooms of old, which required a skilled artisan to cut and paint new billiard balls after every game, each of Pink Galleon's locations offers modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions, air hockey tables, and chicken-strip technology. Amidst underwater murals at the Creve Coeur location, a giant shark swims over the pool tables with an eight ball in its menacing mouth. Though not all locations offer a giant shark, each of Pink Galleon's cue-sports centers offers a full bar and tons of snacks, such as breaded inferno wings ($4.75), mozzarella sticks ($4.75), a chicken strips basket ($5.45), or a 12-inch deluxe pizza (with ham, sausage, pepperoni, and green peppers, $7.80). Every location shows UFC fights on multiple flat-screen televisions, so you'll have enough entertainment without bare-knuckle boxing your companion in his handlebar moustache and breaking a monocle. If two hours of pocket billiards and a bacon cheeseburger ($5) whet your appetite for more, Pink Galleon offers tons of arcade games, air hockey, ping-pong, darts, and more.
The Piano Bar catalyzes nights of song-laden celebration with finely tuned bar snacks served between spirited musical battles. Patrons munch on baskets of alligator bites ($6) and honey-mustard-adorned chicken strips ($6) or choose classics like shrimp cocktail ($6) or chile con queso ($5) as the two piano men play tug of war with a spontaneous, all request set-list of pop, rock, and country standards. The $20 Groupon can be used to cover the total bill.
The classically focused Alexandra Ballet entertains audiences with a well-rounded dance diet ranging from contemporary original pieces to traditional masterworks. The company’s agile dancers have pirouetted their way to uproarious applause in past performances that include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Peter and the Wolf. Since 2003, the company has enriched the community through its educational-outreach programs, which provide youngsters with free learning materials and ballet performances throughout the school year.