Missouri Nightlife

"The Nutcracker" presented by Missouri Ballet Theatre at Edison Theatre on December 20 or 21 at 2 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Edison Theatre

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Young Clara rescues her nutcracker prince from the Mouse King; Sugar Plum Parade includes stories, tours, and snacks

$65 $39

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ReptiDay at Ozark Empire Fairground (Center Hall) on Saturday, November 1, at 10 a.m. (Up to 50% Off)

ReptiDay

Ozark Empire Fairground (Center Hall)

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures’ behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

$30 $15

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Costumed Murder Mystery Dinner for One, Two, Four, or Six at Victorian Country Inn (Up to 47% Off)

Victorian Country Inn - Food & Drink

Hallsville, MO

Guests dress up in inn-provided costumes to sleuth out mysteries with themes such as Roaring 20s and Outdoor Wild West Show

$59 $35

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One or Three $15 Vouchers for Sports Bar Cuisine at Field Box (50% Off)

Field Box

Saint Charles

Guests build their own burger or nosh on kabobs and mini tacos in sports-themed restaurant

$15 $7.50

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at The Landing

The Landing

Northland

Burgers, award-winning wings, and house-baked pretzels; local and national musicians play live every weekend

$20 $10

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Standup Comedy at Funny Bone Valley Park (Up to 68% Off)

Funny Bone Valley Park

Funny Bone Valley Park

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Sip beverages while watching sets from comedians seen on national TV and on local stages

$35 $16

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two at The White Rose (Up to 58% Off)

The White Rose

Marion

Intricate, handmade wines crafted from hand-picked grapes on the site of a century-old, family-owned Irish estate

$36 $15

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Wine and Beer Tasting for Two or Four at Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery (Up to 52% Off)

Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery

Berger

Tastings include up to seven samples of beer, 10–15 samples of wine, and a glass of wine or pint of beer to cap the experience

$39.50 $19

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Glasses and Bottles of Wine at Traver Home Winery (Up to 41% Off)

Traver Home Winery

Willow Springs

Wine crafted onsite includes Chambourcin and Dog’s Breath Red, a light and fruity wine; tasting room hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday–Sunday

$28.98 $18

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Admission to Piano Bar for Two or Four with Food and Drink Voucher at Ernie Biggs (Up to 40% Off)

Ernie Biggs

Branson

Dueling pianos play classic and contemporary hits as guests sing along and enjoy cocktails and food

$30 $18

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One- or Three-Hour Holiday Lights Tour in Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limousine from Corporate Coach (Up to 60% Off)

Corporate Coach

Bank of America Plaza

Sit in a Lincoln Town Car Limousine and enjoy 80+ miles of holiday lights that shine on the towers of the Country Club Plaza

$274 $129

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Standup and Drinks for Two, Four, or Eight at Funny Bone Westport Plaza Through December 31 (Up to 66% Off)

St. Louis Funny Bone

Funny Bone Westport Plaza

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Standups entertain up to 300 attendees at comedy club that hosts nationally touring acts

$33 $16

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Pub Food and Drinks at The Hangout Sports Bar & Grille (Half Off)

The Hangout Sports Bar & Grille

Springfield

Expansive, more than 60-foot bar provides a backdrop for friends who can shoot pool, listen to live music, and nosh classic pub food

$30 $15

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Beer and Arcade Games at Gunther's Games (Up to 60% Off). Two Options Available.

Gunther's Games

Downtown Columbia

Challenge friends to games of Pac-Man, Area 51, or AC/DC pinball while sipping brews from Boulevard Brewing Company or O'Fallon Brewery

$15.50 $6.50

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Pub Food at Big A's on the Riverfront (Up to 46% Off)

Big A's on the Riverfront

Saint Charles

Pub serves up award-winning wings, burgers, and certified Angus steaks in casual setting

$24 $13

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Kirby VanBurch Show at The Lodge of the Ozarks Theatre Through December 28 at 8 p.m. (Up to 39% Off)

Kirby VanBurch Show

The Lodge of the Ozarks Theatre

Renowned magician and his equally skilled wife dazzle Branson audiences with illusions that challenge the mind

$41 $25

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Murder Mystery Dinner Show and Commemorative Mug for One or Two at The Dinner Detective (51% Off)

The Dinner Detective

Kansas City

Guests dig into appetizers and a 3-course meal while trying to solve an interactive murder mystery, where actors blend in among the diners

$79.94 $39

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Beer Flights and Burgers for Two or Four at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten (Up to 43% Off)

Anheuser-Busch Biergarten

Saint Louis

Beer lovers can sample from over 18 beers on tap paired with our 8-ounce Angus burger.

$28 $16

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Pure Comedy Variety Show for One or Two with Popcorn and Soda at the Historic Owen Theatre (Up to 48% Off)

Pure Comedy

Historic Owen Theatre

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TV writers bring together standups, sketch performers, and other funny folks to Branson's oldest operating theater

$37.50 $22.50

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Wine and Appetizers for Two or Four Thursday–Sunday at The In Spot Dessert Bar and Lounge (Up to 56% Off)

The In Spot Dessert Bar and Lounge

Skinker DeBaliviere

Southern-style snacks complemented by house wine in intimate, romantic lounge replete with leather furniture

$34 $15

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Movie Outing for Two or Four with Medium Popcorns at Fine Arts Theatres (Up to 46% Off)

Fine Arts Theatres

Multiple Locations

Projectors show first-run Hollywood, independent, and art-house films on 13 screens as moviegoers snack on popcorn at one of four venues

$27 $15

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Beer Tastings with Take-Home Brews at Alpha Brewing Company (Up to 49% Off)

Alpha Brewing Company

Downtown St. Louis

Tasting flights and pints served inside the taproom of a microbrewery that serves a variety of ales

$25 $13

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Gastropub Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch at Spectators Restaurant & Bar (55% Off). Three Options Available.

Spectators Restaurant & Bar

Kansas City

Eclectic menu includes barbecue pork flatbreads, duck confit, and goat cheese salad served inside Sheraton hotel eatery

$40 $18

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Food and Drinks for 2, 4, 6, or 10 at Lucky's Dueling Piano Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Lucky's Dueling Piano Bar

St. Louis

As players bang away on the lounge’s dual baby grands, guests cheer or sit back with refreshing cocktails and tasty eats

$58 $29

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Wine Classes for Two or Four at Cellar Rat Wine Merchants (Up to 53% Off)

Cellar Rat Wine Merchants

Crossroads

Experts pour up to eight wine samples in classes exploring basics of tasting & different varietals at award-winning wine shop

$80 $39

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At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.

Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.

Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.

408 Armour Rd
Kansas City,
MO
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In his 2010 review, Riverfront Times reporter Ian Froeb revealed the origin of Ernesto's Winebar?s distinctive name. Instead of honoring a chef or long-lost relative, the name pays homage to the owners' love for Ernest Hemingway's simplistic style. Chef Stephanie Hay has risen to the challenge, translating the clean complexity of The Sun Also Rises or the masculine energy of Green Hills of Africa into a menu of tapas and hearty entrees. Diverse flavor profiles mimic Papa Hemingway?s wanderlust, corralling global flavors including chili lime, wasabi tobiko, and even red pepper sauce to create festive tapas such as the truffle-infused grilled cheese, which was named the best grilled cheese of 2010 by Riverfront Times.

The cheese-and-charcuterie menu details hearty repasts from all corners of the globe, with plates of smoky blue cheese from Oregon and salchich?n white pork from Spain joining notes of green peppercorn, tomatillo, and even brown sugar for nods to Latin America and the Mediterranean. Ernesto's has also gone to great lengths to locate wine varietals from France, Germany, and Spain for pairing with large steaks and seafood entrees delicately saut?ed in a wide array of wine sauces.

Ernesto's butter-hued walls appear to melt in the light from wall sconces and flickering red candles. Above lush hardwood paneling, several framed photographs offer a glimpse of Hemingway at his most virile??aggressively writing at his desk, and using a large steak as a body pillow. For a touch of warmth during fall weather, patrons can also retreat outdoors, where a mammoth brick fireplace casts rich glow on Ernesto's sleek cobblestone patio.

2730 McNair Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
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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.

420 S Campbell Ave
Springfield,
MO
US

Though the city's name would seem to suggest otherwise, Independence residents must still—by law—interact with each other occasionally. Luckily, Independence Events Center serves to bring the community together, hosting everything from national concert tours to youth hockey leagues within its walls. Such stars as Kelly Clarkson have graced the stage within the 5,800-seat arena, also home to local sports teams such as the Central Hockey League's Missouri Mavericks and the Major Indoor Soccer League's Missouri Comets. Additionally, a community rink lets residents and nonresidents alike hit the ice for programs ranging from open-skating sessions and lessons to private rentals for Civil War reenactments.

19100 E Valley View Pkwy
Independence,
MO
US

When a school of music also contains a live-performance venue, it?s an indicator that the lessons stick. Such is the case with the Columbia Academy of Music, where private practice rooms sit just steps from The Bridge, a club accustomed to welcoming musical talent from down the street and around the country. A stage within range of instruction can inspire even the most stage-frightened students to step into the spotlight, where they?ll get the hands-on, feet-on stage experience that renders books worthless.

The academy?s tuneful staffers are no strangers to this kind of public performance?some instructors have shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Sting, and Hank Williams III?but many also are experts in what goes on behind the music. In lessons tailored for all ages, skill sets, and music-making manners, the school strengthens the confidence of budding musicians in once-a-week sessions. Instrument instruction infuses students with techniques across a range of musical genres; audio-production and engineering courses teach students how to make solid records and tolerate most singers? misguided requests for more Steak-Umms in the monitor.

1020 E Walnut St
Columbia,
MO
US

Born of a union between Sports Radio 810 WHB and the restaurateurs at KC Hopps, Ltd., 810 Zone marries sports spectatorship with scrumptious sandwiches, burgers, and Kansas City barbecue. Gamblers can down a grilled salmon club at the Harrah's casino location or enjoy pizza at the Lee's Summit Zone, before a trip to the tables or before trying to pass off burgers as poker chips.

1672 NW Chipman Rd
Lees Summit,
MO
US