Neighborhoods value their pubs as a place to socialize, just as they value the ends of their rainbows as a place to find extra parking-meter change. Enjoy camaraderie at close proximity with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wings, burgers, pizzas, and drinks at Ballyhoo Restaurant and Bar in Weldon Spring.
The cinematically themed Ballyhoo Restaurant and Bar recently debuted on the local nightlife scene, with costars of traditional American pub fare and sudsy libations arrayed against a backdrop of classic movie quotes and scenes streaming from 11 TV screens. The menu kick-starts appetites with sliders ($8.95) or Ballyhoo wings, which come dry-rubbed or in traditional buffalo style ($8.95). The bacon-topped Royale with cheese receives an escort of house-made chips, fries, or slaw ($8.95), and the sweet chili salmon sends a pan-seared filet down a sweet chili slip 'n slide of cilantro rice and grilled asparagus ($15.95). The invitation to create your own pizza ($7.95) prompts thin-crust artistes to configure a pie canvas with the veggie, meat, or cheese toppings ($.75 each) that best represent a delicious, piping-hot expression of post-modern bewilderment.
On the weekends, Ballyhoo hosts live bands, which usually start at 9 p.m. and typically rock the stage with acts riffing rock, country, and Peruvian turbo-polka. Groupon holders may apply their deal to the daily happy hour held from 4 p.m.–7 p.m., which blasts $1 off the price of all drinks and appetizers using an actual gun from the movie Top Gun.
Ballyhoo Restaurant & Bar
The despair in Marlon Brando's cry of "Stellaaaa" is lost as the nine big-screen TVs are drowned out by the sights and sounds of confetti cannons, airborne toilet-paper streamers, and rainfalls of bubbles. During afternoon and dinner service, Ballyhoo Restaurant & Bar is tamer, dishing up a menu of classic American fare, including six burgers, more than 10 kinds of sandwiches and wraps, and six pizzas. At night, however, Ballyhoo is a haven for tomfoolery and shenanigans of all kinds.
Framed posters of classic Hollywood A-listers—including Elvis, Brando, and Hepburn—cover the dining-room walls at this movie-theater-themed eatery. Here the staff encourages patrons to indulge in the fun instead of silencing raucous laughter and insisting diners behave themselves or risk finding an alka seltzer under their pillow from the bar fairy. From behind a marble countertop, bartenders dole out a range of boozy beverages while well-loved movies flicker across nine flat-screen TVs. Diners can pick reasonable meals off the menu, or set themselves up for The Challenge—a dinner plate packing four 8-ounce burgers layered in four types of cheese as well as half a pound of bacon and two onion rings. To win half off their final bill (not valid with this Groupon), challengers are allotted 20 minutes to gobble the whole dish while sticking their tongues out at the food gods.
1048 Wolfrum Road
Weldon Spring, Missouri 63304