Dr. Seuss once wrote, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." No offense to the Cat in the Hat author, but we're going to cry about Bad Dog Bar & Grill and Plush closing anyway. There are plenty of wonderful things happening on the St. Louis music scene right now, but losing these two venues is like a kick in the face.
Bad Dog and Plush both are dear to us here at RFT Music. Bad Dog has welcomed guests of every ilk, hosted some of the most locally and nationally recognized fetish contests and performances, and was one of our featured venues for punk music during the 2014 RFT Music Showcase. Likewise, Plush has brought in amazing touring artists, gave St. Louis musicians and comedians a great stage to showcase their talents, and featured one of the best sound engineers in the city (RIP, Mikey Teesdale).
Both bars ended their runs in style -- with memorable, booze-filled blowouts, of course. Plush called it quits on January 3, while Bad Dog's ownership ceased operations once its New Year's Eve celebration was in the books. But something is afoot that may help the Bad Dog bark in the future, so stay tuned! For now, check out a few of our favorite photos from the (presumably) final nights at each bar, and see more Bad Dog photos here and Plush photos here.
BAD DOG BAR & GRILL
On page two, see the final-night shenanigans at Plush!