The Shanti in Soulard To Close in November

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The Shanti in Soulard.
For more than a decade, the Shanti (825 Allen Avenue; 314-241-4772) has hosted cover-free concerts every night of the week at its Deadhead-themed dive bar in Soulard. The end of an era filled with cold beers, jam bands and open-mic nights comes this fall, however. According to owner Teresa Parker, the corner bar will close on November 29.

"We have been blessed with all the musicians that walk through our door. We're a hippie bar, so we've mostly featured jam bands -- a lot of Grateful Dead bands -- but we also have blues and a lot of bluegrass," says Parker, who helped open Molly's in Soulard (816 Geyer Avenue) in the early '90s prior to taking on her own business.

According to Parker, the building that houses the Shanti has been for sale for a long time. While she had the first right of refusal, she could not afford the going price knowing the condition of the building. The property now has a new landlord, who bought the space to open a bar, she says.

"My lease is up December 2, and they're choosing not to re-sign us here," says Parker. "At first, they wanted us to be a part of it with them, but I don't really know them. I'd be afraid to give them the name if I didn't have control over what would happen to it."

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The bar at the Shanti.
When asked whether or not the Shanti will find a new home, Parker responds with an open mind, but isn't making any promises.

"I'm not going to say that I'm not going to look around for a place. We've had a few offers on other buildings -- just a beautiful outpouring of love from everybody. I'm going to take my time, and if the right place comes around, you'll see the Shanti again someday," she says.

The venue's slogan, "Never a cover... well most of the time," refers to the only night of the year deemed necessary to keep an eye on crowd control: Mardi Gras. The Shanti will wrap up its legacy in its cover-free tradition with a special final lineup of shows, culminating with a performance by the Schwag.

"That whole last week, I have people who helped me build this bar playing -- some of my closet friends in bands," says Parker. "That should be a memorable week."

There's still plenty of time to enjoy a drink in the courtyard. Check out the schedule for the Shanti's final shows below, and stay tuned for details on a flea market in the fall to claim memorabilia from the walls.

Wednesday, November 26: Devon Allman, 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 27: Vitamin A, 9 p.m.
Friday, November 28: Mom's Kitchen, 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: Pik'n Lik'n, 4 p.m.; The Schwag, 9 p.m.

For its full calendar and additional information, visit the Shanti's website.


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825 Allen Ave., St. Louis, MO

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58 comments
Robbyn Linville
Robbyn Linville

Lisa Ulrich Darla Bruckerhoff Dickinson and the girls must return for a toast!!!

Karen VanDorn
Karen VanDorn

Had good times there!! Sad to hear it's closing.

Patti Elwood
Patti Elwood

Saturday with the Stone Sugar Shakedown.

marijo0609
marijo0609

Big bummer!!!!  Been going down there since the early 90's - just called Allen Ave. back then.  Sad to see it go :(

Lindsey Stevens
Lindsey Stevens

That's where my fiancé asked me to be his girlfriend:(

Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer

I love playing there, right down the street from my gf's house, and the crowds are real music lovers. Bummer.

Steve Bidwell
Steve Bidwell

So much for throwing the ring on the deck...

Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke

drinking money is harder to come by than money for gas...At least we have the Obamacare now right?

Heather Woolbright
Heather Woolbright

Whooooaaaa Sara, Nell, Lisa. Will have to go here this weekend :(

John Haller
John Haller

Maybe it's "time to lay around The Shanti, mama..."

Gus Theodorow
Gus Theodorow

Don't worry, the owner of Sonny's and D.B's bought the place so I'm sure it won't turn out to be douchey... Way to help kill what little culture is left in Soulard.

Ben Stanfield
Ben Stanfield

Damn! Going to miss you Juicy! Brian Edwards Ashley Wibbenmeyer Edwards

Thea Galantowicz
Thea Galantowicz

What is going to take its place?! Soulard needs its delightful hangout bars!!!

Cathy Domzalski
Cathy Domzalski

Yes Mary your dad and I are pretty bummed! Will be visiting before the closing for sure.

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