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Mar 6, 2008 04:47 AM

Seeking large bar venues in Frontenac

I'm organizing a social event for 200+ people in Frontenac later this year. We'll be right around the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, and it would be great if I could find a couple places to investigate within walking distance. The venue doesn't need to be anything fancy - just a place to drink!

Any ideas?

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  1. You're staying at a suburban hotel across the street from an upscale shopping mall, Plaza Frontenac. Walking options are exceedingly limited. Also, if you're expecting to find a place that will accommodate your entire group, that will also be a problem. However, there are some decent places to bend an elbow at the mall as well as around a mile down the street.

    At Plaza Frontenace you'll find Cardwell's (local, good quality) and Brio (chain, but also decent quality). If you venture around a mile east on Clayton Road you'll find Sportsman's Park, Lester's, and Busch's Grove. Each has something to recommend it. Sportsman's is a venerable sports bar. Good, solid bar food. Lester's is a new sports bar with approximately a zillion tv screens and both deli and barbecue. Busch's is a very upscale, beautiful restaurant with a very social bar.

    Cardwell's At the Plaza
    94 Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis, MO 63131

    Sportsman's Park Restaurant
    9901 Clayton Rd, St Louis, MO

    9160 Clayton Rd, Saint Louis, MO

    Busch's Grove Restaurant
    9906 Clayton Rd, St Louis, MO

    3 Replies
    1. re: alan

      Thanks Alan! This is a tremendous help!

      Is walking a mile not do-able from the hotel? I'm in Philadelphia where walking a mile is easy.

      1. re: Nicole214

        Having grown up in that area, walking to Busch's Grove would be out of the question. This is not an urban area where you'd be walking on travelled sidewalks in front of storefronts and walk-ups. This is a suburban area where you'd be crossing boulevard multi-lane intersections and passing very large suburban residential front lawns.

        1. re: nosh

          I agree that this is not ideal walking territory for a large group. An added problem is that the main east-west highway in this part of town is closed down, so Clayton Rd. has become the thoroughfare of choice for a ton of traffic.

          You might get more responses if you mention St. Louis in your subject line since this board covers a lot of Midwestern territory.

    2. Schneithorst's across the street has a bar but I don't know how big. 200 people is a lot. There used to be a business around the corner from the Hilton on Clayton that specialized in wedding receptions and big parties. I don't know the name of it or if it is even still there.

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      1. re: steveb

        That's Ces & Judy's, but it's stricly a catering operation.