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A dozen adventures in alt-entertainment

Burlesque is enjoying something of a renaissance in St. Louis, embracing a wide range of acts, including scantily clad dancers, circus performers, oddball cabaret and any number of other diversions. But burlesque is merely the tip of the alt-entertainment iceberg in St. Louis. We offer a few highlights to get started.

The Boom Boom Room

Leave the kids at home and step out with your friends and/or lovers to this burlesque-themed bistro, where a French menu (including duck confit, a poutine burger and maple-bacon beignets) is the backdrop for specialty cocktails and scintillating performances. Experience full burlesque shows on Fridays to dinner-and-a-show seatings on Saturdays, and even roving cirque, aerial, and other surprises during dinner on other evenings. Check the online calendar and choose an adventure.

The Monocle & Emerald Room

Live entertainment, featuring a potpourri of cabaret, comedy and burlesque, plus classic craft cocktails, is served up in The Emerald Room, the performance space within The Monocle, one of the many nightspots populating The Grove neighborhood.

The Monocle
The Monocle (©D. Lancaster)

2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

Down on Cherokee Street, the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center offers a calendar loaded with indie bands, arcade game nights and the occasional burlesque act.

Westport Social

The spacious sports bar in Westport Plaza delivers lots of sports on giant screens and lets patrons get in the act with ping-pong, basketball, shuffleboard, darts, snookball, karaoke and bocce ball (yes, the real thing, not VR). Menu includes appetizers, salads, pizzas, sliders, ribs, tacos and more. Fun, fun, fun.

Westport Social
Westport Social (©D. Lancaster)

Howl at the Moon

With drinks like Stoned in the Orchard, Howlin’ Mule and Honey Mango Margarita, you know you’re going to have a howlin’ good time at this dueling-piano club. Lots of sing-along fun at Ballpark Village.

Escape The Room St. Louis

ETRSL puts you in a themed, “locked” room loaded with the clues you need to solve puzzles and earn your freedom … in 60 minutes.  Up to a dozen players—friends, families, coworkers or strangers—can try to crack the code in rooms like Western Bank Heist and The Apartment for $28 per person. Good luck.

St. Louis Escape

From the team behind The Darkness haunted house (think Hollywood-caliber set design), St. Louis Escape offers detailed and complex escape rooms—Curse of the Mummy, Cellar and Runaway Subway—complete with smells, digital sound and animations ($28 per person), plus a well-equipped lobby.

St. Louis Escape
St. Louis Escape (©St. Louis Escape)

Lemp Mansion

The legendarily haunted Lemp Mansion serves dinner with a comedy-mystery (always a murder … always),  involving as much or as little participation as you like, every Friday and Saturday night at 7 pm for $52.95 per person. Or you can book a private comedy-mystery dinner any day, any time for $150-$1,500.

Lemp Mansion
Lemp Mansion (©D. Lancaster)


The Improv Shop

If you like watching comedians walk that nerve-wracking improvisational tightrope, The Improv Shop is for you. Classes are available for sign up or just watch the pros do their thing in a variety of formats. Tickets just $6.

Start Bar

If arcade games float your entertainment boat, head down to Start Bar, a few blocks from Busch Stadium, where you can mix it up with pinball, Skee-ball, cabinet games and more, or nosh on handmade pizzas, craft beers, boozy milkshakes and hard floats.

Start Bar
Start Bar (©D. Lancaster)