Cultivora's Mini Guide to LouFest: Where to Eat, Drink, and Explore in St. Louis

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on September 05, 2013

Photo: Three Sixty St. Louis by Diane Anderson

St. Louis, Missouri -- Now entering its fourth year, the aptly named LouFest has garnered more national attention while continuing its dedication to local fans. Yet, with bigger names, a new partnership with the promotion company C3 Presents, and an extra stage leading to overlapping sets, it’s fair to say LouFest will draw a number of out-of-towners to the city’s cozy Forest Park this September 7-8.

To accommodate these St. Louis new comers, and even just to broaden the repertoires of LouFest veterans, we employed the knowledge of past St. Louis resident, music lover, and current reporter for Business Insider in New York, Steven Perlberg, to share a few spots to eat, drink, and explore while in town for the festival. You can find his recommendations after the map.

After you have your St. Louis plan down, get ready for the festival itself with the schedule, driving directions, Dos & Dont's.

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Pi Pizzeria (6144 Delmar Boulevard)
Great deep-dish pizza with a cornmeal crust located on The Loop. In 2008, Obama said this was the best pizza he's ever had and everyone in Chicago threw a fit.
Open Friday and Saturday 11am-Midnight & Sunday 11am-11pm

Winslow's Home (7213 Delmar)
An adorable little spot great for brunch or dinner. Try their brisket and brie sandwich (our favorite sandwich in St. Louis.)
Open 8am-9pm Saturday & 8am-4pm Sunday

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4224 South Grand Boulevard)
Everybody will tell you to go here if you're in St. Louis for an ice cream "custard." Get a "concrete" - basically a DQ Blizzard but 1000x better.
Open 11am during the summer

Five Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue)
This is a fairly new burger place in Clayton that also has locations in New Mexico and Colorado. A hidden gem with super fresh, great burgers.
Open Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm & Sunday 11am-9pm

John Donut (1618 South Broadway)
Late night donuts that have become a St. Louis staple.
Open 11pm-1pm - no that's not a typo

Imo's Pizza (1000 Hampton Avenue)
Classic St. Louis pizza on Hampton Avenue - a 5-minute walk from LouFest's festival grounds.
Open 10am-1am Friday and Saturday & 10am-11pm Sunday


Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Boulevard)
The iconic bar where Chuck Berry plays almost every month. Located on The Loop, come for dartboards, good beer, and even better vibes. This St. Louis must-see also has crazy décor - like pez dispensers everywhere kind of crazy.
Opening times depend on live music

Pin-Up Bowl (6191 Delmar Boulevard)
Late-night bowling right next to the Moonrise, a space-themed hotel where you can grab a pricey cocktail on the rooftop bar.
Open Friday-Sunday 12pm-3am
Three Sixty (Hilton at The Ballpark; 1 South Broadway)
The rooftop bar at The Hilton has the best view of the city and is a good place to get a drink downtown.
Open Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am & Sunday 4-11pm

Mike Talayna's Juke Box Restaurant (1115 Hampton Avenue)
There's two locations of Talayna's, make sure you go to the southern one on Hamtpon. It's a total dive bar with more disco balls than any other place in America - and karaoke! A total townie bar that ranges from fun to funny.
Open 9pm-2:30am


The Gateway Arch (100 Washington Avenue)
The iconic symbol of St. Louis is definitely worth visiting - and not just to stare at. You can climb up to the top of the arch, enjoy a riverboat cruise around it, rent a bike, or explore the Museum of Westward Expansion located next door.
Open 9am-6pm

Anheuser-Busch Tour (12th and Lynch Streets)
Take a tour of the Budweiser factory for free samples and an in-depth look at the crafting and brewing processes.
Open Friday and Saturday 11am-8pm & Sunday 11am-6pm
Forest Park (5595 Grand Drive)
There's more in Forest Park than LouFest. In fact, it's enormous and totally worth exploring. There's a free zoo, planetarium, science center, and the St. Louis Art Museum, which is also free. The new modern wing recently opened and we hear it's good if you're into that kind of thing.
Opening hours vary by institution

City Museum (701 North 15th Street)
Imagine a great big adult jungle gym playground and you have the City Museum. A great time sober, even better drunk.
Open Friday and Saturday 9am-Midnight & Sunday 11am-5pm

Thanks to Steven Perlberg, previous St. Louis Resident, current Business Insider reporter.

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