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What To Do in St. Louis during the SEC Tournament

[Editor’s Note: Joseph Cassin is a Kentucky fan living in St. Louis who kindly put together this list of what to do, eat, drink, and see in St. Louis during the SEC Tournament.]


As a lifelong Kentucky fan, moving to St. Louis in the Fall of 2015 was hard. I had to give up my football season tickets and accept that trips to Rupp would be few and far between. Moving to a new city where you don’t know anybody is tough. Som to make new friends, I went to a St. Louis UKAA watch party. Even though the Cats lost, it was still great to be in a place with other people chanting “C-A-T-S” and mimicking Jamal Murray’s bow-and-arrow celebration.

If you’re ever in St. Louis again, watch a game with those fine folks. They’re great people; I, however, won’t be there. Kentucky is 0-5 when I attend watch parties. Football or basketball, home or away, it doesn’t matter. If I show up to a UK watch party in St. Louis, our beloved Cats lose. I’m fairly sure I’ve been taken off the email list. And with good reason.

Just like the rest of the country, you can’t go anywhere in this city without running into a fellow BBN member. Below are a few places I’d recommend. Enjoy the city, and Go Big Blue.


St. Louis is known for three things: toasted ravioli, thin crust pizza, and barbecued pork steaks. Try them while you’re here. You won’t regret it.

Crown Candy – Crown Candy is a St. Louis landmark that has been around since 1913. They have BLTs as big as your head, and chili that tastes like what your mom used to make. You can also try their “5 milkshakes in 30 minutes” challenge. Just make sure you have Advil with you.

Imo’s Pizza – Imo’s is St. Louis’ signature pizza chain. They’re known for their thin crust pizza with provel cheese. Much like beer, it’s an acquired taste. It’s worth trying at least once.

Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard – Here’s why you should go there: they have a sundae with brownie, hot fudge, and caramel. That’s really all that needs to be said.

The Hill – The Hill is a neighborhood located just a few miles from Scottrade Arena with an Italian restaurant on almost every corner. I’d recommend Charlie Gitto’s, Anthonino’s Taverna, and Dominic’s. But honestly, they’re all good.

Clayton – If you’re looking for something upscale, this is your spot. This area offers numerous modern, posh dining options. From tapas to handmade pasta to wine bars, Clayton has it all. Only a short car ride from downtown.


Ballpark Village – Located right next to Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is a venue with multiple bars and restaurants that’s ideal for watching sports if you don’t have tickets to the games.

Soulard – Soulard is host to the second-largest Mardi Gras party of the year. There are tons of bars with live music here to help you celebrate the Cats victories.

Wash Ave – Just a few blocks from the arena, Washington Avenue has a different pub every few feet that will make you feel just like you’re on Broadway in Nashville again.

Central West End – Wine bars, vodka bars, whiskey bars. Whatever your preference, this area has it. Central West End is just a short Uber ride from downtown.

Sites To See

The Gateway Arch – This is the city’s most recognizable monument. It’s 630-feet tall and hard to miss. If you aren’t afraid of heights like me, it’s cool to take a ride to the top and overlook the city.

Museums – If you have kids, St. Louis has a ton of activities to entertain you when the Cats aren’t playing. City Museum, St. Louis Science Center, and The Magic House are all located within a 20 minute radius of downtown, and offer a variety of family-friendly activities.

Zoos – The St. Louis Zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon in the sun. It’s free, so get there early, as parking can become an adventure. Grant’s Farm is also a popular site. It’s owned by the Busch Family, and has countless exotic animals, along with a petting zoo. Grant’s Farm is also home to the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales.

Parks – Forest Park is one of the nicest city parks in the country. Located right next to the St. Louis Zoo, this park offers a variety of outdoor activities. The Missouri Botanical Gardens is also a great place to walk around and work off the stress of the basketball games. Or propose to your fiancée, like I did.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery – The world-famous brewery offers tours of their facility daily. You can learn how they make their beer from “seed to sip,” just don’t mention that you actually prefer Miller Lite. They don’t like that.


Casinos – There are three casino’s located in the St. Louis-area. Lumiere Place Casino is located downtown, with Hollywood and Ameristar Casino’s located roughly 20 minutes away from the arena. I’ve donated money to all of them.

Outlet Malls – Located right off I-64 about 20 minutes from downtown, St. Louis has two outlet malls. Whether you want to stock up on Polo shirts or discounted Michael Kors purses, these shops have pretty much everything you need.

Got questions? Feel free to ask away @joe_cassin.


Article written by KSR

23 Comments for What To Do in St. Louis during the SEC Tournament

  1. HashtagNoseWhistle
    12:07 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    You can root for the cat’s to win by 90!

  2. jaws2
    12:09 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    If you’re going to the “Hill” area, you MUST go to Cunetto’s House of Pasta. The BEST toasted ravioli and white sauce in St Louis! My first visit was in 1973 and I still go back!

  3. awcran2
    12:23 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    There is the Casino Queen as well just across the river from the arch.

  4. UKSupporter76
    12:24 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Of all the regional foods throughout the world, provel “cheese” is undoubtedly the most disgusting. You could blend mozzarella, elmer’s glue and white latex paint together and end up with something more edible.

  5. brainesman
    12:26 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink


    • Kentucky Cook
      12:38 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      Pappy’s is best bbq I’ve ever had. Its worth the 6 hour drive just for Pappys.

  6. mygrassisblue
    12:35 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    It’s worth noting the museum and zoo are free.
    Imo’s pizza is an abomination to pizza.

  7. demoCrAT
    12:40 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Totinos frozen pizza at the grocery> Imos. fwiw

  8. Bob Sacamano's Rat Hat
    12:58 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    City Museum is about the furthest thing from a traditional ‘museum’ you will find. There are no Spirit of the Plains dioramas displayed. Your experience will likely include massive sensory overload similar to a 60’s acid trip.

  9. Philthy
    1:09 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Rigazzis on the Hill is a casual Italian restaurant. Variety of pasta dishes that can be washed down with a few frozen Fishbowls of Bud Light.

  10. JTHinton
    1:25 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Lol what if you are Baptist? Just hotel and arena? ?????

    • mygrassisblue
      4:21 pm March 1, 2018 Permalink

      google will help you find a church

  11. rabblerabblerabble
    1:29 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink


  12. ClutchCargo
    1:30 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    If you can swing about a 30 minute drive, up in Alton IL is Fast Eddie’s Bon Air. Pretty cool old school bar with live music and great cheap bar food. I always try to hit this place anytime I am in St. Louis, but it’s been a few years.

  13. kbruce
    1:51 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Definitely go to Crown Candy. I can confirm the BLT is huge! It’s very small but the turn around is quick.

  14. Irwin R. Fletcher
    2:07 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Schlafly. You forgot Schlafly.

    Also, Tower Grove South for any kind of ethnic food you can imagine.

    • D0nc0smic
      8:24 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      I love their beer, on a related note Pi pizzeria is a great place.

  15. Pillsbury_Throwboy
    2:14 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    As a fellow Kentucky native and STL transplant, here are other suggestions near Scottrade:
    1) Places to solve all your needs – Food/Bar/TVs
    -Tin Roof (downtown)
    -Wheelhouse (downtown)
    -International Tap House “iTap” (Soulard location connected to pizza place and Mission Taco)
    -Gramophone (5-10 mins)
    -JP Fields (15 mins)
    -OB Clarks (15 mins)
    -Center Ice Brewery (can stay in one area with Pappy’s/Southern next door for food)
    -Duke’s (5-10 mins in Soulard)

    2) Breweries
    -Urban Chestnut Brewery (“UCBC”) – 2 locations and probably the favorite brewery of many in STL
    -Schlafly Tap Room
    -Center Ice Brewery – new, but right next to Pappy’s bbq and will have TVs
    -International Tap House (“iTap”) – multiple locations
    -4Hands Brewery
    -Narwhals Crafted Urban Ice – not a brewery, but really cool place nearby..also serves beer/liquor, tvs, etc.

    3) Food Near Scottrade
    -“Southern” – awesome hot chicken restaurant and connected to Pappy’s bbq
    -Mission Taco (multiple locations)
    -Pi Pizza (multiple locations)
    -Schlafly Tap Room
    -Sauce on the Side (multiple locations)
    -Broadway Oyster Bar (feels like NOLA, live music, cajun food, etc.)

    4) Food worth driving outside the downtown area or maybe for dinner:
    -Union Loafers
    -Retreat Gastropub
    -Peacemaker Seafood (*believe it or not* unreal lobster rolls, po boys, etc.)
    -Vin De Set (or Eleven Eleven Mississippi across the street)
    -Shaved Duck

  16. K-fed-up
    2:55 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Joe with all due respect your “guide” should be called “what to do in St. Louis if you are an 80 year old Baptist tourist” This guide makes me sick. If it was not evident before that “KSR” jumped the shark it is now. Corporate cronyism at its finest. Too much wrong here to go into here and with this perpetual “long running script” I cant even use this damn site anyhow. I’ll post my own review at the site for REAL Cats fans over at Rupp’s Rafters and it wont contain horrible “St. Louis” style pizza and directing people to the Wal-Mart version of a downtown “bar”. Don’t worry about getting Tyler to ban me either im done with this site for life.

  17. Sentient Third Eye
    3:31 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

    Haven’t been to St. Louis in a few years, but is Hannegan’s still there? Love the atmosphere in that restaurant, with the old Senate seats as furniture. Very unique decor.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      3:33 pm February 28, 2018 Permalink

      And my favorite Mexican place in St. Louis was a hole-in-the-wall place called Nachomama’s which had amazing food.