The Ten Best Rock Clubs in St. Louis
Photo by Laura Ann Miller
Haven't you heard? Lemmons is the new Cheers, where regulars mingle with newbies, hipsters freely embrace an older element, and, of course, everybody knows your name. Lemmons is split into three areas: the music venue, which boasts a raised stage in the back for local and touring acts (and the occasional DJ night); the game area, replete with Foosball, table-shuffle, video games, board games and Lemmons' famous trivia nights; and the basement, which is a haven of billiards and beer. The bar dominates the room, but the surrounding tables provide ample seating to partake in popular Black Thorn pizza.
Steve Truesdell Those Darlins at Off Broadway
The best rock clubs feel like home -- no matter if your version of home is a dirty dive, a cozy theater or a history-laden bar. Benton Park's flagship venue, Off Broadway, is a little bit of all three. More important, in recent years the club has become a haven for the city's bands and musicians. Annual traditions -- the local band scramble, a Thanksgiving-eve performance of the Band's Last Waltz and KDHX-sponsored benefits/tribute nights for people such as Alex Chilton or Warren Zevon -- are inked on the calendar like holidays. National acts such as Deer Tick, Bobby Bare Jr. and Ha Ha Tonka appear (and reappear) on Off Broadway's schedule next to family-friendly matinees and local CD-release shows. Best of all, the venue isn't content to rest on its laurels: Improvements such as a bigger stage and more standing room in the back have made it a more comfortable place to guzzle a beer and see some raucous rock.