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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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JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg

Plush (3224 Locust Street; 314-535-2686)

Let's start with a choose-your-own-adventure tour of this 40,000 square foot fully operational club, venue, bar and restaurant. Walk in and take your pick of the restaurant to the right or the two story venue to the left, connected in the middle by one giant circle of a bar. If you've headed right, prepare yourself for an eclectic menu featuring a full made-in-house menu, from pickled goods to gravy and sauces to curing their own bacon. Funky décor and excellent service make this a great all day and night place to grab a bite to eat. If you've headed left, what awaits is way more than you ever imagined. There is enough space in this venue to bust a move on the sweeping dance floor and then hide in a dark corner and secretly enjoy the show. Head upstairs for the bird's eye view of the stage. Step on to the roof top patio and get the same view of glowing midtown. Whatever your plans for the night -- studying, partying, eating or playing bar-styled games -- Plush is the perfect place.

DIANA BENANTI
  • Diana Benanti

Pop's Nightclub (1403 Mississippi Avenue; 618-274-6720)

Pop's coerces you to drive across the river after the clock hits 3 a.m. and all the St. Louis bars close. Known for its almost 24-hour bar (the venue closes for an hour at 6 a.m. for a quick clean), you can find anything from a local show to a major hip-hop or rock band. So no matter if you arrive at 6 p.m. for a local show or major rock band or 6 a.m. after a bizarre strip-club crawl winding from the Brooklyn sin strip to Sauget, there's one thing you can count on at Pop's: Someone is always drunker than you could ever hope to be at this truck stop-venue-watering hole.

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