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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Off Broadway Now Offering Curbside Alcohol Pickup in St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 3:01 PM

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  • Help out a beloved St. Louis music institution, get some booze. Win-win!

Joining establishments across the St. Louis region, beloved south city music venue Off Broadway has begun offering curbside pickup of its bar's offerings.

As music venues across the nation remain shuttered due to efforts meant to slow the spread of coronavirus, many, much like their restaurant and bar counterparts, have turned to curbside service in order to stay afloat in these unprecedentedly turbulent times.

In keeping, Off Broadway is selling a range of options from its bar, including everything from Stag and Busch tallboys to offerings from local breweries including Schlafly and 4 Hands to bottles of straight booze, in addition to a small selection of wine.

The full menu can be found here. Pickup is available Friday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. — once your order is placed, Off Broadway staff will reach out to let you know when it will be ready for pickup. They'll be running the operation through the box office window at the courtyard entrance. Any questions about the process should be directed to [email protected].

Music venues were one of the first — and hardest hit — casualties of COVID-19 lockdown orders, and remain one of the industries with the bleakest overall outlook. Promoters, talent buyers and booking agents across the country have increasingly thrown in the towel on 2020 altogether, and those that choose to soldier on this year are looking at potentially cost-prohibitive rules detrimental to doing business, including reduced capacities and the need to hire additional staff to enact more stringent cleaning procedures. In other words, less income from tickets, more expenses for safety measures.

"I'm not saying it can't be done, especially at a reduced capacity, but expenses are going to be up because you're going to need to have more staff on," local promoter Mike Judy told RFT last month. "And attendance of course is going to be down, largely due to reduced capacity, but also because people are not quite sure they want to go out again. Which I'm not sure that they should want to."

NPR reported last week that as many as 90 percent of independent music venues could be forced to shutter in the coming months unless they recieve some sort of government funding to survive the crisis.

That's led to the establishment of an advocacy group for venue owners and promoters called the National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA, that exists solely to lobby for money from the government to help the live music industry weather the storm.

Many local clubs and promoters count themselves as members of the organization, including Off Broadway and Mike Judy, as well as the Sheldon Concert Hall, Fubar, Old Rock house and more. To show your support to those efforts, you can sign a "Save Our Stages" petition encouraging the government to issue emergency funds.

But cash right now is best for your local venues, and booze right now is best for your quarantine sanity — so make sure you put in your alcohol orders too.

A cheers to Off Broadway, and to all of St. Louis' embattled music venues.
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