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    Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Alright so I plan on going to St Louis in a mouth for a weekend get away (I have free hotel stays to blow). Couple of questions. Which part of town is better to stay in? Illinois side or Northwest Missouri Side?

    We plan on going to a Cardinals game (part of my goal in life is to go to every mlb stadium). But other than that I am not sure of what to do. I have already been in the Arch so that isnt necessary. There are a few places I want to eat but I need some ideas. Let me hear them.


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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Stay in Illinois if you want to score drugs and don't mind being stabbed.

    Go to City Museum if you have kids.

    Do you like gardening? There is an sweat botanical center in STL.

    Bud tour kind of suxs compared to tours at European breweries but it is kind of interesting.

    STL has a good zoo (free).

    Washington street has some good bars. I suggest The Dubliner.


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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Was down in ST. Louis for the wrestling nationals. I recommend the Anheuser-Busch tour. Pretty interesting plus the fact you get 2 free 11 oz. samples of beer.



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Stay on the Missouri side. Just a safer idea in general. Go to Forest Park and the art museum, the science center, the waterfront, the casino's if you're into gambling, the Galleria if you want to shop, and any restaurant on The Hill for some damn good Italian food.



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is a MUST!
    Houlihan's Restaurant in Union Station
    Forest Park has a zoo, golf courses, great place to walk around and take in a great-weather day.
    City Museum if you've got kids....or if you just want to let out the little kid in you. I was 19 the first time I went, and I spent hours checking out stuff, crawling through tunnels, playing with different things, and had a blast.
    Ozzie's, Pujols, J. Buck's, Shanahan's are all cool Cardinals-related restaurants/sports bars.
    Check out The Hill neighborhood--old Italian area, tons of great authentic restaurants.
    If you're younger (college-mid 30s age), take a stroll around the Central West End---eclectic, cultural area just east of Forest Park. Lots of grad students, young doctors/med students (hospitals are in the area), SLU/Wash U students, etc. Diverse area.


    Don't stray too far north of downtown....or east of the river.



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    You totally need to check out the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I know someone previously mentioned it, but it is awesome. They have a nice restaurant inside, it's huge and fun to walk around in. I worked there for a summer and miss the time spent there. It is not far from the arch and Busch... probably like 10 miles or so.


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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    If you have a free hotel stay, there are some nice ones downtown near the stadium. If you like the bar/club scene go to The Landing. There are also some good Blues clubs south of the stadium.

    There are two bars right by the stadium (can't remember the name) that are the places to be before and after games.

    The Hill does have great Italian food. Charlie Gitto's is fantastic!



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Hotel- Prolly St. Louis side
    St. Louis Cardinal Game at Busch Stadium is awesome! Go Cards!
    For food- The Hill is amazing I would recommend Canetos! Big portions and not as expensive as other Hill restaurants!



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    IF YOU ARE ENJOYING THE VIEW OF THE ARCH WITH THE EVENING SUNSET IN YOUR EYES, DRIVE LIKE HECK AND GET ACROSS THE RIVER TO THE MO SIDE...

    J Bucks restaraunt downtown by the stadium is a nice place to eat. Staying in the subs, take the train in and you'll drop off right next to the stadium..fun ride to and fro and easy parking.

    EDIT: Beers at the game are like $8 a piece for cheap domestic beer...unreal


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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by drum1306 View Post
    Stay on the Missouri side. Just a safer idea in general. Go to Forest Park and the art museum, the science center, the waterfront, the casino's if you're into gambling, the Galleria if you want to shop, and any restaurant on The Hill for some damn good Italian food.
    I'll second these ideas. There is a lot of stuff to do in the Forest Park area. And pretty much all of it is free too.



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    If you are going to a Cards-Cubs game do NOT sit in the bleachers as a Cubs fan. I made that mistake.

    Generally the bleachers at Busch are reserved for white trash. I'm not talking enjoyable white trash but rather white trash ********.


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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    I live in StL (for the next few months anyway) and some of the "sights" (in no particualr order) worth seeing would be:

    1. City Museum. It's located at 15th and Lucas, sort of on the west end of downtown. It's really like a...a chucky cheese for adults or something. You've got to check out City Museum.
    2. Missouri Botanical Gardens. MoBot is located near the Tower Grove area, southeast of Forest Park. If you show up before noon on the weekend and say you're a local, you can get in for free. Otherwise, I think it's still pretty cheap. The Japanese gardens are pretty incredible, and when the roses are in bloom, they are pretty amazing as well.
    3. Schlafly Bottleworks. The Bottleworks is on Southwest ave, just off of Manchester Ave. Schlafly is the "other" St. Louis brewery, and for my money, it's a helluva lot tastier. Their pale ale is really good, and in the summer, their kolsch really hits the spot. The tour is more like touring a brewery, they let you see how everything works. Wear closed-toe shoes. It's free, and they give you (3) three samples (rather than 2 at Budweiser)
    4. The Arch. It's a standby, but if you've never been, check it out. Since you've already seen it, I'd skip it.
    5. Forest Park. Forest Park is a 2 square mile park just west of the Central West End. It's really quite amazing that it is right in the middle of the city, but it is. The 1904 worlds fair pavilion, 27 holes of golf, the Missouri Natural History Museum, the St. Louis Zoo (free, but parking is $10), the Saint Louis Art Museum, and tons of open space are all in Forest Park. It's very well maintained, and probably the best part of actually living in St. Louis.
    6. Busch Stadium. You already mentioned you're going to check out a Cards game, but it still has to be on the list. Busch III is a really nice stadium with all the amenities and not a bad seat in the place. The downside is that it's insanely commercialized, but it didn't really hurt the atmosphere of the place.
    7. The Loop. The Loop is a 6-7 block stretch of Delmar Ave between Kingsland and Skinker. It's basically the "campustown" for WashU. There are a lot of eclectic shops, good food, a few bars, etc. It's a cool place, but now that I'm older, not really my style. If you're still in college, however, it'd be worth checking out. Blueberry Hill (or Blue Hill as it's known here) is this really cool burgerjoint/bar with a small concert venue in the basement. Chuck Berry plays there all the time, and it's kind of a cool place to check out. Also, Pin-up bowl isn't bad (drinks are retardedly expensive), but there's usually a couple of cuties in there.
    8. Downtown bars. I'm partial to the Dubliner, the Side Bar (where us atty's hang out), Rue 13, and a few others. The Outfield at Shannon's is great, especially before catching a game. Also, if you're looking for a lot of bars in a small space, the landing (Laclede's Landing) is really close to these other bars. I like putting a few back at Sundecker's on warm afternoons.

    If I think of any others, I'll post them. As for the East side, there are only two reasons to go there: 1) the "gentleman's clubs" and 2) to get shot. Seriously, that place is rampant with crime. If you're going to go for #1, take a cab. In some places, if you exit off the interstate, you can't get back on. Not joking about that. Let someone else do the driving, trust me. :)



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by Incyte View Post
    If you are going to a Cards-Cubs game do NOT sit in the bleachers as a Cubs fan. I made that mistake.

    Generally the bleachers at Busch are reserved for white trash. I'm not talking enjoyable white trash but rather white trash ********.
    Yeah cause the bleachers at Wrigley is where all the good people sit ;), I've amazingly never had a problem with anyone at Busch Stadium. For me Cards Game is a must, I've stayed either down town, Most of the time at the old adams mark. Only one I've had problems with is the Millennium. Otherwise, the metro into and out of downtown is a good bet. If your looking for cheap hotels stay at the airport. If you have kids go to the zoo, and six flags when it warms up. Otherwise the bars around the landing are fun, The Piano bar down there will play any song you want to hear for 5 bucks (20 and you get next) Usually pretty packed after a cards game. Also, the oyster bar across from the stadium is pretty good and usually have bands on weekends when the cards play. And they serve pretty decent seafood. Besides that I've never had a bad time around the Lou, all the places people have mentioned are great. And you need to stay away from the Illinois side of the river at all cost, I'm sure not everywhere in east St. Louis is bad but I haven't heard of any areas people say are okay to go to.



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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by Incyte View Post
    If you are going to a Cards-Cubs game do NOT sit in the bleachers as a Cubs fan. I made that mistake.

    Generally the bleachers at Busch are reserved for white trash. I'm not talking enjoyable white trash but rather white trash ********.
    one of the weekends will be against the brewers so i think i will be fine.


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    Re: Weekend Trip to St Louis

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    one of the weekends will be against the brewers so i think i will be fine.
    I actually enjoy Cards games when they aren't playing the Cubs. It's a nice stadium.

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