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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Ten Best Rock Clubs in St. Louis: 2013

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

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MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen

The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois Avenue; 314-352-5226)

The Heavy Anchor is part music venue and part watering hole, separated by one gigantic garage door. It's well soundproofed when closed, allowing patrons to separate themselves from the crowd of rowdy rockers when necessary. It's the type of venue where bands commonly skip the stage and play on the floor, surrounded by attentive fans. The owners, Jodie Whitworth and Joshua Timbrook, are super friendly and always find themselves positioned in the good graces of the bands. The Heavy Anchor continues to grow as one of the city's more popular venues. Attribute that to the excellent local and regional music selection and the cocktails, like the Rusty Anchor (a twist on an Old Fashioned), served in mason jars and guaranteed to get you drunk. Located in the Bevo Mill area, the Heavy Anchor is a sure thing in the deep south side.

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Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue; 314-773-3363)

Haven to some of St. Louis' best local acts, Off Broadway is Benton Park's flagship venue. It's a guarantee that the concert calendar is booked solid with not-to-be-missed shows, spanning anything from local punk to national alt-country. Not to mention that the growing number of annual traditions the venue houses: a Thanksgiving-eve performance of the Band's Last Waltz and a crawfish boil, just to name a couple. The venue is also a huge supporter of local radio and continually hosts concerts, benefits and tribute nights sponsored by 88.1 KDHX. For over twenty years, the venue has adapted to its growing popularity and changes in music preferences through improvements such as a bigger stage and more standing room. Plus, the venue has a wonderful covered outdoor patio for smokers and those looking to take a thirty second break before returning to the raucous rock inside. If that isn't enough, nothing speaks more highly of Off Broadway than the continual returning acts that grace the stage. Fans and bands alike continually appear and reappear at this venue-made-home.

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Old Rock House (1200 South Seventh Street; 314-588-0505)

In today's music environment, with the "loudness war" at its peak, it's not uncommon to have an otherwise enjoyable concert experience marred by deafening sound levels, garbled vocals or horrendous feedback and distortion. That's not the case at the Old Rock House, where head sound engineer Josh Limpert is on hand to make sure that the sound complements the performance rather than spoiling it. And his challenges include a diverse array of acts, from some of the city's finest hip-hop offerings to sold-out indie rock royalty to jam band staples.

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