The Nine Best Blues Clubs in St. Louis

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1860's Saloon and Hard Shell Café (1860 S. Ninth St.; 314-231-1860)

Located in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood, 1860's features music seven nights a week in the front room, with an emphasis on rowdy guitar-driven blues from the likes of Jimmy Lee Kennett and Steve Pecaro. The long-running Saturday matinees featuring Soul Reunion are another weekly highlight. There's also a full menu, a "rec room" filled with bar games, plus an outdoor patio and a quieter back room with another full bar, for those seeking temporary respite from the sometimes boisterous celebrations up front.

Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best blues clubs in St. Louis.

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Published on May 17, 2012