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21st birthday - STL - Lafayette Square?

We're looking for some ideas to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. We'll probably end up at Bailey's Chocolate Bar - she's been before with friends and really wants to try some of the drinks along with the desserts! She'll be with us (her old parents and 18 year old brother) so we're not looking for the wild, bar scene exactly.

Thought about Square One Brewery. Any thoughts about that or other suggestions?

We're not locked in to the Lafayette Square area either.


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  1. Bailey's is a great place...be warned that late at night it's pretty loud and quite a scenester place, esp. on weekends. In LS, there is 1111 Mississippi, which is a lovely space, a little hit or miss with food. Ricardo's, though I have not been, would I think be a nice, quiet space with nice Italian cuisine. Sqwires is another option, have not been there lately. Nearby is the Benton Park area, which has some of the best places in town, including Niche, progressive American cuisine, probably the best food in town. Sidney Street Cafe is nearby also. That should give you something to chew on! lS, depending on what time of year, is a GREAT place to walk around too, the park is lovely.

    1. I'm hearing good things about the Lafayette Fire Company. A recently opened restaurant owned by 20+ firefighters, the food and service is reported to be darn good and it's right where ya wanna be. http://battra13.blogspot.com/2010/01/...

      I am a fan of Square One as well. I haven't tried their new distilled sprits but my best friend gives them high reviews. I thinka 21 yerar old would really like it too. Food is caula but quite well prepared IMHO.

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      1. re: DetectDave

        Bonwich reviewed Fire Company today in the Post. Looked interesting since we tend to like pub type food although probably not for a birthday celebration. The $7.99 Supper Club "cook's surprise" seemed like something my husband would enjoy trying. Anyone else been there?

        Still leaning towards Square One - I think the multiple brews on tap will appeal to a 21st birthday night out. She's been to so many brew pubs with us, I think she might get a special kick out of actually being able to drink from the sampler we always start off with at each brewery!

        1. re: kroppinkris

          I'm not sure how soon the birthday is, but you could also consider The Bridge. It's David Bailey's new bar that's opening up in about week in downtown. They'll have a huge beer and wine selection and the pictures i've seen of the interior look great. Obviously, this place hasn't even opened yet so there may be kinks and there aren't any reviews available, but it seems like a good option given its proximity to the Chocolate Bar and the extensive beer list.


          For pictures and beer info:

      2. There are four nice destinations in a row, you can walk from one to another easlily: Arcelia's Mexican Restaurant, Ricardo's Italian Restaurant, 401 Wine Bar, and Bailey's. My suggestion would be dinner at Ricardo's and dessert at Bailey's...but perhaps your daughter prefers Mexican. The wine bar is poorly signed - deliberately - your daughter might get a kick out of having a glass of wine in a secretive place.

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        1. re: Doug

          Unless a new wine bar opened that I'm not aware of, you mean 33 Wine Bar, not 401. 33 Wine Bar is awesome and I highly recommend it.

        2. 33 Wine Bar sounds interesting. What type of food? Will our 18 year old son be welcome?

          I didn't realize there were so many places in the Lafayette Square area. I can see us walking and eating (and drinking!) our way around the area.

          We'll be there relatively early in the evening (she's only going to spend so much time with the family before she's off with friends - she's one of the last of her group to hit the big 21) - does that change anyone's opinions and suggestions?

          Thanks for the ideas!

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          1. re: kroppinkris

            33 Wine Bar doesn't really serve food. They have a few cheese options and some chocolate bars, but the focus is on the wine list and beer selection. This is a nice, laid back place to enjoy a good bottle of wine and talk. The wine list is impressive and the owner is very passionate about wine and helpful when one would like suggestions.

          2. The Royale on Kingshighway would be a great place to start. Casual but pleasant with an outstanding specialty drink menu. I, and everyone else, would recommend the Subcontinental:

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            1. re: ennuisans

              That drink sounds delish and I completely forgot about the Royale. Great spot.

            2. I would definitely say Chocolate Bar, Square One Brewery. You can get a 24 oz sampler platter, then you pick what four beers you'd like to try.

              I'll be headed there very soon to try their distilled spirits. I didn't get anything to drink at Layfayette Fire Co, that's my blog that's linked there actually, thanks. :), but they have Magic Hat #9 on tap which is a big plus for me, and their bar looked pretty full.

              Sqwires is ok...but I find it fru fru.

              There's a great Mexican place at Mississippi and Park..forget the name..really great place.

              My in laws live in the Square, so I go there pretty frequently.

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              1. re: battra

                Hey Battra, What's your fav edible at Square One? Have you tried the distilled spirits? The reports I'm getting are they are pretty decent.

                1. re: DetectDave

                  I dunno if I have a favorite. Square One is where I've been the most...(I used to go there to eat burgers back in the 90's when it was called Ronaynes and owned by a really nice Palestinian fellow who taught me how to make burgers!)

                  I really, REALLY like Square One and the wife likes their spinnach artichoke dip the best out of anywhere in the City.

                  I've not tried their distilled spirits yet, but it's on my ASAP list. I'm a whiskey lover, and they've just gotten some whiskey ready and I want to try it...next time I'm in...burger...beer sampler...and whiskey.

                  Book it!

                  1. re: battra

                    Please share your burger technique?


                    1. re: FriendOfTheDevil

                      Okie dokie, since it's not mine anyway. :)

                      The two major ingredients are tabasco sauce and worcestshire sauce. Mix both sauces into the meat itself and then slow cook the burgers with more of each.

              2. We celebrated the birthday last night. We did go to Square One Brewery. We all had sandwiches which we liked. The beer sampler was tasty :) Service was not so hot. She never brought out my husband's salad and the beer he ordered after the sampler didn't come out until we were basically finished eating but she didn't charge us for either. However, we were charged for the birthday brownie sundae she did bring us when she found out we were celebrating a birthday. If we had asked for something to celebrate, I wouldn't mind paying but we didn't really ask.

                We loved Bailey's. The martini's were delicious - the Bailey's and the coffee ice cream were both quite tasty. Desserts were good also but it was really about the ambience which was very nice. We did laugh when we realized we spent more on dessert than dinner!!

                It was a nice night celebrating.

                Square One Brewery
                1727 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104