St. Louis Staff Favorites

Hey there, fellow Annual Convention attendees!  Your friends at Explore St. Louis cannot wait to host you!

We hope you’ll find St. Louis entertaining, accessible and welcoming.  A few members of our team put together a list of some of our favorite places to help you plan your time here.  We’ll see you in St. Louis!

Renee Eichelberger, Director of Leisure Travel Sales

Favorite Place to Eat: Downtown / Bailey’s Rangekeyboard_arrow_right; or a short Uber ride from downtown to Favazza’s on the Hill. Menu highlights at Bailey's include specialty burgers, house-made ice cream, 30 on-tap draft beers, and boozy shakes. Favazza’s offers an unforgettable dining experience featuring authentic Italian dishes and outdoor patio seating.

Favorite Place for Cocktail: Union Station Grand Hall (I love the light show!) Enjoy a specialty, railroad-themed cocktail, and admire the mosaics and art glass windows that make this space so grand.

Can’t Miss: Live music at BB’s Jazz Blues & Soups. Soup and blues music: an unlikely, but dynamic duo that has been attracting massive audiences for decades!

Erin Jackson, Director of Executive Meeting Sales

Favorite Place to Eat: Mai Lee. Pay a visit to St. Louis’ first Vietnamese restaurant for an authentic, delectable experience.

Favorite Place for a Cocktail: Planter’s House and Trust. Known for their hand-crafted cocktails, historic dishes, and comfortable atmosphere.

Can’t Miss: Saint Louis Art Museumkeyboard_arrow_right and the walking paths of Forest Park. Explore St. Louis’ 34,000 object collection, showcasing a multitude of cultures and historical eras. Forest Park is home of scenic trails, outdoor theatre, a world-class zoo, and various museums.

Karen Meirink, Director of Visitor & Volunteer Services

Favorite Place to Eat:  Outdoor dining in the Central West End.  Two of my faves are Brasserie by Niche or Gamlin Whiskey House. Brasserie’s fine wines, classic French dishes, and outdoor patio seating allow diners to live like Parisians for the evening. Or, experience Gamlin Whiskey House’s modern twist on traditional whiskey making. Don’t forget to order one of their award-winning steaks!

Favorite Place for a Cocktail (and a spectacular view): Three Sixty at Hilton at the Ballparkkeyboard_arrow_right. Known for their – you guessed it – three sixty views of downtown, indoor and outdoor seating, and full service bar and restaurant.

Can’t Miss:  Live music at Broadway Oyster Bar. Broadway Oyster Bar is known for all things Cajun: seafood, live music, and a guaranteed good time!

Jennifer Poindexter, Director of Convention Services

Favorite Place to Eat: Grace Meat + Three (The Grove). Grace Meat + Threekeyboard_arrow_right is dually boasted for its home-style southern fare and generous hospitality.

Favorite Place for a Cocktail: TASTE (Central West End). This cozy tavern serves specialty small plates and cocktails for the ultimate drinking and dining experience.

Can’t Miss: A walk through Forest Park and a visit to the sea lion show at the Saint Louis Zoo. Saint Louis Zoo’s talented sea lions perform daily and promise laughs and entertainment for all guests.

John Bettag, Vice President of Sales

Favorite Place to Eat: Mango, the best authentic Peruvian in the Midwest. Experience chic and comfortable Peruvian dining, perfect for romantic dinners-for-two and large gatherings alike.

Favorite Place for a Cocktail: Kaldi’s at Citygarden. Coffee in the morning or cocktail in the evening. Kaldi’s versatile menu caters to your espresso needs in the morning and also to your cocktail needs after a long day of work.

Can’t Miss: Checking out the newly imagined Gateway Archkeyboard_arrow_right grounds and museum. Standing at 630 feet, this iconic landmark is home to a new museum and reinvented arch grounds that any and every tourist must see.

Jen Hollenkamp, Director of Marketing

Favorite Place to Eat: Sen Thai – amazing Thai food on Washington Avenue! Offering up some of the best Thai food around, Sen Thai is conveniently located jut a few blocks from America’s Center.  

Favorite Place for a Cocktail: John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub & Garden – the patio is amazing! The Soulard neighborhood is just a short 5 minute drive from downtown and is home to amazing bars and restaurants including McGurk’s.  Sit outside in the beautiful beer garden for an amazing experience!

Can’t Miss: Busch Stadiumkeyboard_arrow_right. Home of the 11-time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, if you get a chance take a tour of the stadium and/or take a selfie in front of the many Hall of Fame statues outside!

Pat Remming, Marketing & Research Manager

Favorite Place to Eat: Sugarfire Smoke House. While in St. Louis, you have to try our amazing, award-winning BBQ!  Sugarfire has many locations in St. Louis but there is one just steps from America’s Center on Washington Avenue!

Favorite Place for a Cocktail: The Rainbow Terrace at the new Angad Arts Hotel. An enchanting indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, bar and event space with sweeping views including the Saint Louis city skyline and the famous Gateway Arch. 

Can’t Miss: City Museumkeyboard_arrow_right. A giant, wacky warehouse of fun for both kids and adults, you have to check it out for yourself to fully understand what this gem is.  Be sure to go to the rooftop!

Mark Hermes, Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager

Favorite Place to Eat: Olive + Oak. A welcoming place to enjoy great wine, craft beer, cocktails and ingredient-driven food with friends and family.

Favorite Place for a Cocktail: Sanctuariakeyboard_arrow_right. Great little tapas joint located in the heart of The Grove neighborhood. 

Can’t Miss: Gateway Kartplex at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Feel the need for speed?  Take few spins around the track at the premier go-kart racing track in St. Louis!