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Drinks in St. Louis (Plaza Frontec)

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I'm headed to St. Louis for a wedding. I've been put in charge of finding a good 'drinks/happy hour' spot following the Bridal Party Spa party (at Stonewater Spa in Plaza Frontec area). I've never been to St. Louis. We are looking for something classy, but informal for drinks at about 5pm.

These places were suggested by a friend of a friend
*The Zodiac Room At Neiman Marcus~ 314.994.5050
* Cardwell's At The Plaza~ 314.997.8885
* BRIO! Tuscan Grille~ 314.432.4410
* St. Louis Sippery & Cafe~ 314.993.3535
* Canyon Cafe~ 314.872.3443
* Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar~ 314.567.7610

Any ideas?

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  1. If you're looking for "classy," Canyon Cafe (IMHO) does not fit the bill.

    I've been to Brio once, and it was okay, but I didn't have any drinks. It's spacious and has an ample bar area. How many are in the Bridal Party?

    1. *The Zodiac Room At Neiman Marcus~ 314.994.5050
      lunch only?

      * BRIO! Tuscan Grille~ 314.432.4410
      Chain #1
      * Canyon Cafe~ 314.872.3443
      Chain #2
      * Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar~ 314.567.7610
      Chain #4 (Outback)

      * St. Louis Sippery & Cafe~ 314.993.3535
      More of a luncheon coffee shop deal

      * Cardwell's At The Plaza~ 314.997.8885
      Actual nice restaurant with a decent wine list

      Go to Cardwell's. A woman only gets married once (edit: hopefully), so make her feel special.

      1. If you want to stay directly in the mall itself (the spa is in the mall), then Cardwells is definitely the best choice. You could also also go east on Clayton Rd. for about 5 minutes and go to Busch's Grove or Truffles. IMHO Busch's Grove has a nicer bar area, but it's more classy than informal.

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        1. re: shannoninstlouis

          Thank you all so much! I had no idea so many where chains (I live in Europe right now, so it's all new to me).

          There are only going to be 6 of us - so we don't need a huge party 'room' - we just wanted a nice class of wine or cocktail and a little appetizer before the evening dinner event.

          I'm marking down Cardwell's and checking out the Busch's Grove & Truffles. (I've got several nights to find resturants for myself, as well!)

          1. re: rosieola

            Another vote fot Cardwell's and Busch's Grove.