The Soulard district takes its name from French refugee Antoine Soulard who, with his wife, Julia, helped settle the area in the late 1700s. Today, Soulard boasts stately, historic homes and churches, one of the oldest and largest farmers markets in the nation, and lots of lively blues and jazz joints to enjoy live music.
Award-winning Pizzeoli Wood Fired Pizza serves Neapolitan (soft-crust) artisanal, wood-fired pizza baked at 800 degrees in under 90 seconds. Pizzeoli's pepperoni, sausage and bacon are antibiotic-, hormone- and nitrate/nitrite-free. Their chicken is free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free and pasture-raised. Pair a neighborhood-inspired pizza with a craft beer, cider or wine. Closed Mondays.
Know any ranch-dressing lovers? Twisted Ranch offers 33 versions of its namesake sauce, from Asian Zing to Sunny in Fetadelphia. Ranch seasoning is deliciously infused in every tasty menu item. Closed Mondays.
End any meal at The Sweet Divine boutique bakery and coffee bar, winners of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” You’ll find baked-from-scratch gourmet cupcakes, a coffee bar, boozy coffes, wines and beer and much more. Try the Drunken Pig "Cupcake Wars" winner: Newcastle beer and cheddar cheese cake with a cheddar cream cheese frosting topped with bacon. These are NOT your garden-variety cupcakes! Closed Mondays.
Take a tour or sip a beer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Biergarten. The Biergarten serves delicious pub fare daily with beer-infused menu items in a charming setting. Their annual Brewery Lights attraction runs Nov. 22-Dec. 30. Free and family-friendly, the event includes a Kids Zone, more than 1 million twinkling lights and is open for drive-through and walking tours. Check for specific times and dates.
Molly’s in Soulard features seven bars, one of the largest terraced patios in St. Louis, New American cuisine and free shuttles to Cardinals and Blues home games and select concerts. Try the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet with live music. Bring your canine friend: Molly's patio is dog-friendly. The bar is open daily; kitchen is closed Monday and Sunday after 3 pm.
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world," you really ought to try Nadine’s Gin Joint, which serves up pub fare, craft beers, wine and spirits alongside pool and darts. It's known for its friendly staff and tasty fare, and you don't have to be a gin aficionado to enjoy your visit. Open daily.
Soulard Farmers Market delivers fresh produce, local goods and more, Wednesday through Saturday year-round. Established in 1779—no typo—Soulard Farmers Market still boasts the 1929 building designed in the Renaissance style of a 1419 foundling hospital in Florence, Italy. Today, the building houses the Grand Hall Shops on the first floor and a gymnasium/theater on the second floor. For the full experience, shop Saturdays 7 am-4 pm, when all the stalls are open.
At R. Ege Antiques, you'll find a superb collection of mid-century and older ephemera, beautiful art and industrial oddities. "Things your grandmother never had," proclaims this eclectic antique shop. You'll have to agree, unless your grandmother was into Victorian hand-shaped gilt picture hooks, huge 1850s cast-iron shell basins, or mid-century industrial work benches with backsplash. You'll browse for hours in this fascinating shop.
Missouri Candle & Wax Company offers candle- and soap-making supplies, plus gift baskets. In business since 1898, the company offers a recycling program and will refill most candle glass containers with the scent and color wax of your choice.
Hammerstone’s rocks live music every night and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Set in an 1884 building that may have been used during Prohibition for bootlegging, it comes with its own set of ghost stories. Enjoy ample, delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner fare daily or come for the drinks, live music and entertaining vibe. Sit out on the patio during good weather and just hang with friends.
1860 Saloon is a saloon, game room and cafe all in one. Bring friends or make a few playing foosball, shuffleboard, arcade games and more. Rock out to live music nightly and plenty of tasty food in a New Orleans courtyard environment. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Meet at the Saloon for a complimentary shuttle ride to a Cardinals or Blues game or concert. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Named a top bar in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine, John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub offers live Irish music nightly and a menu of traditional favorites. Enjoy the large landscaped garden, complete with fountain, waterfall and three outdoor bars. Inside, take your pick of Irish beer and spirits and enjoy typical pub grub or Irish specialties like bangers and mash. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Sláinte!