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Fear Unfathomed
03-18-2010, 08:35 PM
Now I know many of you will have little to no time to go exploring in this wonderful city I call home, but if you do have a little time, I figured I'd post some things to do, if you are interested. I listed the contact information for most of these so you can just print this and bring it with.

City Museum - It's a big kids playground. Has a ball pit, fake caves to crawl through, huge slides (7 stories!), a Ferris wheel on the roof, a plane suspended in the air you can crawl to... just lots to do if you're looking for something active. There is a bar in the facility.
701 North 15th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314/ 231-CITY

Lemp Mansion - An actual haunted mansion. Discovery did their ghost hunters thing there awhile ago. It's a restaurant (and inn). The food is the best food I have ever had. Pricey but sooo worth it.
3322 Demenil Place
St Louis, MO 63118-3211
(314) 664-8024

Anheuser-Busch Brewery - FREE! It's only about 5 or 6 blocks from The Darkness. It is a 1 hour tour and you get 2 FREE glasses of beer at the end! Very cool tour.
12th & Lynch Streets
St. Louis, MO 63118

The Arch - That big metal thing sticking up in the sky. lol You can ride up it and there is a museum beneath it. It's pretty neat.
The Gateway Arch Riverfront
St. Louis Riverfront
St. Louis, MO 63102

Zoo - The zoo isn't downtown but it's not far. (3 or 4 exits from downtown.) Cool place. It is also FREE.
Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 781-0900
Toll free: (800) 966-8877

St. Louis Science Center - For those of us with a nerdy side. Also not downtown, but not far either.
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Questions - 314.289.4400 or 800.456.SLSC, x4400
Recorded Information - 314.289.4444 or 800.456.SLSC, x4444

Casinos - There is a decent one right across the river in Illinois and in downtown.

All of the bars, restaurants, etc are primarily on what is called "The Landing" in downtown.

If you want more ideas or are looking for something particular, let me know!

03-18-2010, 08:50 PM
Thank you for the info! Might come in handy :cool:

Mike Bizub
03-18-2010, 09:21 PM
Two questions. 1 is there a speed pass for the brewery to get you straight to the free beer and 2 What do you recommend for restaurants in the area? Thanks in advance

03-18-2010, 09:22 PM
ahh the arch...is soo much fun when it is terribly windy out and you standing in the top and seeing the thing sway back and forth haha...


Fear Unfathomed
03-18-2010, 09:42 PM
Two questions. 1 is there a speed pass for the brewery to get you straight to the free beer and 2 What do you recommend for restaurants in the area? Thanks in advance

Two answers.
1. LOL no unfortunately there is not a speed pass but if you work it right, you might be able to get more than 2 beers. :)

2. If you're going for cheap, I happened to go to a certain sports bar near downtown a few weeks ago and it was a lot of good food for cheap. Once I can track down the name, I'll post it. LOL
There is a TGI Fridays down there that I enjoy.
Morgan Street Brewery is a fun place for drinking. I've never eaten there but you can do a bar crawl there without leaving the premises. It has several rooms/patios with bars.
If you want extremely good food, but at about $20-$25 a plate - Lemp Mansion. Hands down. That is where it's at - plus, it's haunted.

Larry, Kip, or anyone else from STL wanna give some ideas? I don't eat downtown all that much.

Hope that helps!

Dr Spooktakular
03-18-2010, 09:56 PM
Actually, there is a speed pass for the free beer at the brewery. You start the tour and go to the Clydesdale stables. This lasts about 10 minutes, then they give you an option to go drink beer or continue the tour. So yes, if you can wait 10-15 minutes, then it's straight to the beer!:p

Fear Unfathomed
03-18-2010, 09:59 PM
Hmm. That's cool. I went 2 weeks ago and they said that that point was our last chance to leave if we needed too - maybe that was code for "go drink". lol

Allen H
03-18-2010, 10:07 PM
Right near the convention center last year was a restaurant called Kitchen K, the price was reasonable and the food was excellent, we went there I think three times.
Allen H

Fear Unfathomed
03-18-2010, 10:55 PM
What do you recommend for restaurants in the area? Thanks in advance

Sports Bar/Pizzeria I was talking about:

Maurizio's Cafe
1107 Olive Street
St Louis, MO 63101-1908
(314) 621-1997‎

Dr Spooktakular
03-19-2010, 12:23 AM
If Allen says it's good, it's gotta be good!

03-19-2010, 05:42 PM
We found a grocery store, www.city-grocers.com that had lots of good food including breakfast if anyone wants to check out the website. They also sold booze which is how my guys found it to begin with.

03-19-2010, 06:44 PM
Hey lauren thanks for the info. So looking forward to seeing everyone and getting around the city. I did not get much of a chance to last year. Wow next week, almost here!!!!! Woooohooooo!!

chuck weber
03-20-2010, 10:31 AM
best milkshakes and homemade ice cream. also, there is a great rib and bar-b-que place there too. The name escapes me right now. Both places were featured on MAN VS. FOOD on the travel channel. all the food looked great.... look it up.

Fear Unfathomed
03-20-2010, 10:35 AM
A great bbq/smokehouse place that I know of that was featured on the travel channel is Pappy's. I eat there as often as I can. I highly recommend it if you love bbq. Was that it?

3106 Olive Street
St Louis, MO 63103
(314) 535-4340

03-20-2010, 10:52 AM
im looking to find a good place to get some ribs while im in st louis that is in downtown....if any body knows a place.....st louis is famous for there ribs....i want to see if there as good as my home made ones...

03-20-2010, 10:11 PM
Theres a Soup Nazi Kitchen around the convention center....and it was horrible...nasty soup and Horrible Staff...Rude but not in the Soup Nazi rude...Just giving ya a heads up to avoid it

chuck weber
03-21-2010, 07:19 PM
Pappy's Smokehouse it was just on the travel channel this past saturday night. food looks awesome. huge portions. go early, they selll out quick. they don't like leftovers. everything's fresh. my kinda place.

Fear Unfathomed
03-21-2010, 07:21 PM
Yes, it is absolutely phenomenal! MMMM I'm craving it now...

03-21-2010, 08:03 PM
Im dying to go to the City Museum!! Probly on mid-afternoon Wednesday!!

Anybody wanna go with me?? I think it'll be a lot of fun!!

Fear Unfathomed
03-21-2010, 08:04 PM
Dang it!! I'd sooooo go if I didn't have to get ready for Shane's party.
That place is so much fun.

03-22-2010, 06:54 AM
Im dying to go to the City Museum!! Probly on mid-afternoon Wednesday!!

Anybody wanna go with me?? I think it'll be a lot of fun!!

They charge way too much. If the show was a little later there is always our bastard six flags!

damon carson
03-22-2010, 07:18 AM
Jakes steaks has some phenomenal ribs! Check them out on the Landing down on the riverfront. They are on Morgan st so that is the street farthest to the west.

chuck weber
03-25-2010, 02:35 PM
even with a damn coupon it's alot of $$$ I'm not cheap, just don't rip me off