9 p.m. Saturday, September 4. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

Location Info


The Firebird

2706 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Midtown


21-plus: $8. Under 21: $10. 314-535-0353.

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