Every Thursday through Saturday night, two pro piano players sit down at Jive and Wail's two baby grand pianos and proceed to bang out Top 40 hits from a plethora of eras, including time that has not yet come to pass, though these future-songs cannot be heard by present-day ears. Audience participation is not only encouraged but demanded by the dueling pianists?who are not above threatening their audience with atonal jazz if no song requests are forthcoming. Once you've made your request, the bar's high-tech sound system makes sure you won't miss it while refreshing your tipple at the full-service bar.
Though it sits squarely in St. Louis, Broadway Oyster Bar might as well inhabit New Orleans. Even from the outside, the 150-year-old building exudes the revelry of the French Quarter, as an art-deco neon sign emblazoned with music notes joins colorful string lanterns to form an illuminated invitation for patrons to come in and live a little. Of course, inside is where the Cajun atmosphere is most apparent, especially in whiffs of dishes named the favorite Cajun/creole cuisine of the Sauce Magazine readers? poll every year since 2003. Chef Brad Hagen's acclaimed recipes include marinated alligator with homemade tartar sauce, shucked oysters topped with spinach cream sauce, and fresh-baked Gambino's bread filled with traditional po' boy fixings, such as fried catfish and shrimp. Feasts unfold in a cozy dining room or an open-air patio enclosed and heated in winter. There, local and national musicians grace the stage seven nights a week to play funk and blues tunes, just like Mom used to.
For falafel, hummus, kebabs, and more, check out Saint Louis' Double Apple Cafe and Hookah Lounge.
Double Apple Cafe and Hookah Lounge is creating dishes that might not be low in calories, but they certainly won't be low in flavor.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — Double Apple Cafe and Hookah Lounge has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
Double Apple Cafe and Hookah Lounge's happy hour is filled with food and beverage deals.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Double Apple Cafe and Hookah Lounge has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
In the mood for dancing? Jive to a live DJ, and show off your moves on the restaurant floor.
The restaurant is about as noisy as it gets — plan for booming speakers and chatty crowds everywhere.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the restaurant tend to be packed.
With a host of nearby parking options, many choose to drive to dinner.
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.
At each of Drunken Fish's upscale restaurants, chefs create traditional and specialty sushi, along with stir-frys and other Japanese entrees. Fresh tuna nigiri and 10-ounce teriyaki-glazed strip steak make for tasty pairings with signature cocktails, such as the Madame Butterfly with raspberry vodka, mango puree, and pineapple juice. Drunken Fish has four convenient locations within St. Louis, each featuring modern decor.
Drunken Fish has won several awards and achievements, including being named Favorite Japanese/Sushi Restaurant by Sauce Magazine's readers. It also has earned accolades for Best Sushi, appearing on both the Riverfront Times Reader's Choice list and Alive Magazine
People's Choice Hot List.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Keypers Piano Bar in St. Louis.
Keypers Piano Bar features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
Eat outdoors Keypers Piano Bar (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Those that prefer some music with their meal will find live tunes at Keypers Piano Bar.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Keypers Piano Bar during the slower weekday hours.
Dress is typically casual at Keypers Piano Bar, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If you're driving, that's no problem. Parking available onsite.
Keypers Piano Bar offers safe bike parking outside.