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Though unassuming and simple from the outside, 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar provides outstanding hospitality, more than 700 wines and one of the best beer lists in the city. The result is a relaxing yet engaging opportunity to sip, contemplate or just plain drink your vino. Though lacking a full menu, there's a nice array of cheese, cured meats and crackers to hold you over. Pricing is great, with bottles marked up just $9 over 33's very competitive "take home" prices (it is a wine shop, too), which makes 33 a great place to go big on a specialty bottle. The oft-rotating draft selection, along with the list of bottled brew, highlights great beers both American and imported, many of which are rarely available on tap locally.
Call it Arcelia’s version 3.0. The original Arcelia’s closed in 2010 after a twenty-year run, first in Soulard, later anchoring the northeast corner of Lafayette Park. The family of founder Arcelia Sanchez, who died in 2003, has reopened the restaurant, bringing back much of the original menu, in a new location in Soulard. The menu is brief and features crowd pleasers like enchiladas, chiles rellenos, pork in a chile-verde sauce and quesadillas. The tortilla chips, fried in-house and served piping hot, are a highlight, as is carne en su jugo: a soup of flank steak and pinto beans in a flavorful tomatillo-bacon broth.
Located at 1915 Park in the heart of the idyllic Lafayette Square neighborhood, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar serves up some of the city’s best desserts and cocktails, in addition to a small but stellar selection of savory offerings. Thanks to its dim lighting and the rich browns and reds that dominate the interior, Bailey’s Chocolate Bar is well-known as one of the city's most romantic spots. Selections range from classic desserts like crème brûlée and Bailey’s strawberry sundae to more contemporary creations like their vegan banana split made with strawberry sorbet, as well as a variety of house-made ice creams and truffles. Savory offerings include sandwiches, salads and pizzettas, and a sizeable selection of fine cheeses. The bar serves up a bevy of beers, wines, spirits, and specialty cocktails – your sweet tooth will thank you.
Since opening in early 2012, Climb So Ill has quickly become a serious competitor to the more-established Upper Limits climbing gym in downtown St. Louis. Climb So Ill is located in the renovated power plant of the former City Hospital complex tucked between Lafayette Square and Soulard. The free, plentiful parking is nice but the complex itself is incredible. Modern colors and architecture blend with the red brick and soaring windows of the original structure to create a bright atmosphere that will make any preservationist proud. The facility itself features a main 55-foot wall with auto belay units, a large bouldering wall and a smaller wall for climbers just starting out. A day pass costs $15 plus gear rental, and a 10-visit pass is $120 (or $180 with gear rental). Memberships are also available for $59 or $75 per month; the more expensive option gets you unlimited equipment rental and access to the 24-hour “training zone” which features various devices to encourage climbing and general fitness. Classes and events such as birthday parties are available, and the mezzanine is a popular place for students to get some studying in during climbing breaks.
Helmed by executive chef Brian Hardesty of Terrene and Guerrilla Street Food fame, Element serves up hearty rustic American food in a beautifully restored historic brick building in Lafayette Square. The two-story, warmly rich space is filled with glass and wood and features an open kitchen in the lower level restaurant area so that every table feels like a chef’s table. Four chefs actually share the kitchen there, each one bringing their own flavor to the collaborative concept. The top floor offers small plates and a gorgeous full bar in an urban chic lounge area. Both levels offer outdoor seating with stunning views of downtown St. Louis. Hardesty and his team use local ingredients with attention to the flavors of the season. Notable dishes include a pork-belly small plate - so creamy it is almost spreadable - served with tangy blue cheese mousse, plums, French prunes and walnuts. The short-rib large plate is equally decadent, the meat falling apart with the slightest prodding of a fork. Served with a rich sweet potato ale, rutabaga and Swiss chard, the short ribs are tailor-made for a chilly day. The wine list is small but thoughtful, the beer list features local craft selections and the bartenders are up to the challenge of customizing a craft cocktail based on a mood.
One of the most popular restaurants on the square (though technically, it's a few blocks away), Eleven Eleven Mississippi is the perfect spot for a dinner party or an intimate dinner date for two. The restaurant bills itself as a "Wine Country Bistro," and the wine list is up to the challenge along with a menu featuring variations on casual Northern Italian and California fare. Wild boar is a house specialty -- that's right, wild boar. The soft lighting and graceful décor helps create an intimate atmosphere to ensure things go well on that first date.
If you've never tried plantains, this small Nicaraguan restaurant is a great place to start. Fritanga offers three plantain preparations: thin, crisp tajadas; slightly thicker and less crisp tostones; and soft, sweet maduros. Tajadas, especially, might give French fries a run for their side-dish money. All three pair well with the restaurant's meat-intensive entrées. Charbroiled beef tenderloin (churrasco nica) comes with a flavorful chimicurri sauce and a devilishly hot pico de gallo, while charbroiled pork tenderloin accents dusky achiote seasoning with a bracingly tart note of citrus. Carne desmenuzada, a very thick stew of beef and vegetables has the richness of sauerbraten; a dash of pico de gallo makes the flavor explode.
The Jefferson Warehouse is a newer addition to Fox Park on (wait for it) Jefferson Avenue. The venue, art gallery and bar features live music Tuesday through Saturday, with a range of acts from experimental post-punk to the mellowest acoustic folk. Owner Tony LaBarbera has offered his club to any local artists, whether they're newbies looking to cut their teeth in St. Louis' booming music scene or established acts needing new inspiration. There's a limited menu of concession fare, including hot dogs and nachos, so sit back and enjoy the show.
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