The team at JitterSwing Dance Clubs constantly assures their clients that “JitterSwing is our name ... it is not a Dance.” Thanks to film and music videos, swing dance conjures images of acrobatics and leaping bodies, but JitterSwing’s instructors are popular for their approachable St. Louis Imperial style, which is slower-paced and accessible to students of any age. They lead couples and singles through group and private sessions that cover many other types of swing dance as well as country two-step, the cha-cha, and the river waltz. Partners preparing for a wedding dance can take advantage of private lessons, and youths aged 10–16 are invited to the juniors program. In addition to the multiple locations where instructors conduct their sessions, JitterSwing staff members also come out to private events to instruct guests of all ages.
Cheers rise whenever the home team scores a point at Pepper's Grill and Bar. Maybe it's a 30-year history that gives the space its space swagger. Pair that with 27 HDTVs, and almost every table has a good view of the action. Abiding by the tenets carved into the stones of the original basketball rule book, Pepper's pairs its spectator sports with burgers, pizzas, and its signature pepper bites. Most impressive on the menu is the Cowboy burger, which is piled with bacon, onion rings, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. This combination of atmosphere and edibles earned Pepper's Grill and Bar accolades from the readers of the Riverfront Times, who awarded it the Best Neighborhood Bar (City) in 2011.
Although Growlers Pub mimics the no-frills congeniality made famous by its British counterparts, the similarities between them end at the kitchen door. Instead of leaning on traditional greasy grub, the pub’s expert chefs populate their sandwiches, salads, and entrees with fresh ingredients sourced from local producers whenever possible. The Farmer’s Market section of the menu flaunts local, heirloom tomatoes in the caprese salad, and free-range chicken in the chop salad. Chefs also toss Atlantic salmon and Angus strip loin on the grill before pairing them with seasonal veggies, and customize steak burgers with eight types of cheese and toppings, such as fried pickles and roasted mushrooms. Up to 33 beers on tap, and another 40 in bottles, help wash down bites of hand-cut truffle-parmesan fries within the lively dining room or out on the sunny, sprawling patio.
O'Aces Sports Bar & Grill beckons to the burger- and beer-bereft with a bounty of bar-friendly edibles, weekly drink specials, and 35 big-screen televisions. The menu abounds with grabbable grub such as fried cheese sticks ($6.99) and potato skins buried under bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and sour cream ($6.99). Greens-gourmands graze on caesar salads ($7.49) and baked potatoes ($1.99), and Hall of Fame burgers come served on a toasted kaiser roll succulently stuffed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a half-pound of Kobe beef, farm-raised by Kobe Bryant in the off-season ($7.99).