Cute Guestbook Alternatives

We are all about helping our clients come up with fun & creative ways to make their wedding day unique to them♥ Today’s blog is focused on our TOP 5 Favorite Guestbook Alternatives….

OLD GUITAR

Are you and your fiancé huge music fans? Check out this adorable idea to have your guests sign and old guitar! Not only does this make a fun way to remember who was with you on the day of your wedding, but it makes for a super cool piece of wall art ♪♫

PUZZLE OF LOVE

Here’s another one of our favorite ideas! You can take one of our engagement photos, and have it turned into a jig-saw-puzzle… then have your guests sign the back of the pieces with little love notes and bits of advice! This is a sweet keepsake that you two can pull out, and put together when the Winter months have you held up inside and looking for activities.

Love around the world

This is such an awesome idea! Have a lot of guests from out of town? Or friends you did a lot of traveling with? Having a “Guestbook Globe” allows loved ones to leave special notes one certain geographic areas. Even if most of your guests live in the same town, this glob is a unique piece of art to display on your favorite end table or bookcase!

Jot it down on jenga

Here’s another fun game that also doubles as a guest book…. JENGA! Have a basket set out with wooden Jenga pieces and permanent markers next to a sign for guests to leave a note. You’ll get to reminisce found memories of your wedding day while you play the game later in life.

snuggle up in sentiment

Whether you choose to have your guests sign individual patches of cloth to be stitched together later, or have them sign directly onto a finished quilt, this guest book alternative is a cozy way to be surrounded by loving memories, cherished for a lifetime♥

Linens: Think Outside The Solids

Wedding Vendor Spotlight

When it comes to planning out your wedding decor, going bold & beautiful with your linens is a BIG way to make your venue POP with color & character! We LOVE the beautiful patterns and textures Weinhardt Party Rentals offers in their linen department.

According to Brides.com, “If you think about the design of your wedding reception, what’s the biggest surface area you have to play with?” asks Sarah Granger-Twomey of La Tavola Fine Linen. The answer? “The tables, of course! And tables are also the place where your guests will spend the most time at once, so choosing the right linens is actually pretty crucial.” Think about it: You’ve got a captive audience through dinner, so it’s your chance to really make a statement. “With so many moving parts in your wedding, all the details become a great opportunity to show your personality as a couple throughout the night,” says Zaira Vallejo of Nüage Designs

“Those details are what make your design a full experience, one that your guests will talk about long after the night has ended.” Adds Rebecca O’Dea of BBJ Linen, “The napkins, tablecloth, and runner are additions that can showcase your creativity. You can mix and match colors and fabrics to create a customized look.”

Contact the friendly coordinators at Weinhardt Party Rentals to schedule a visit to their showroom, or take a look at their online catalog for more ideas on linen styles…

Des Peres (West County)

11601 Manchester Road Des Peres, MO 63131
Phone: 
(314) 822-9000
Fax: (314) 822-9199

South City (Hill Area)

5901 Elizabeth Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 822-9000
Fax: (314) 647-3417

Venue Spotlight: Bogey Hills Country Club

The Bogey Hills Wedding is an experience that is simply unparallel anywhere in the area.

In this glorious location with beautiful views of the course, Bogey Hills offers unsurpassed indoor and outdoor spaces including the Grand Ballroom, a large deck and a gorgeous Pavilion. The Pavilion is a stunning outside ceremony location with a breathtaking waterfall backdrop. Special rooms like our Bridal Suites, adjacent to the Grand Ballroom, are perfect for the bridal party’s final preparations. With exquisite dining cuisine that is perfect for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners your guests will be talking about your event for years to come.

We invite you to contact our Director of Weddings, Shannon Endres, who is a specialist on all things wedding. She has the experience, skill, and passion to simplify the planning of your most special event. Shannon will work with you on dates, location, menus, tasting, timing, and set-up for your perfect day. Just about everything that you can think of, she has answers to your questions, resources for all your needs, and the planning skills to make sure that the work and effort involved remains behind the scene, invisible to your guests.

We invite you to schedule a tour to see the newly rebuilt Bogey Hills Country Club….. a St. Charles treasure, under the same ownership, since 1962. Please contact Shannon at 636-946-6250 x202 or by email at sendres@bogeyhillscc.com ~ Visit Website

STL Rehearsal Dinner Locations

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When it comes to hosting your rehearsal dinner, you’ll want to select a restaurant that is in close proximity to where your wedding venue is. Who should you invite? Obviously anyone who is participating in your ceremony will naturally be invited to the following dinner (Officiant, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, Readers, Grandparents, Parents, etc.) but it’s also customary to invite your out of town guests to attend as well.

Great food, great ambiance, mixed with your family and friends, is a flawless concoction for the perfect evening out! We’ve compiled a list of restaurants all around the St. Louis area, and we hope this article helps you in choosing the ideal destination♥

Downtown St. Louis – Lombardo’s Trattoria

Lombardo’s Trattoria is the ideal location for your upcoming private lunch or dinner. We have options for plated or buffet style meals in addition to excellent appetizers and gourmet desserts, all expertly prepared for you in one of our private dining rooms for groups from 10 to 100 people. So, whether it’s a Rehearsal Dinner, Business Luncheon or a Holiday Party let us tailor a menu for you that is sure to be memorable. Visit Website

Clayton – Boundry at The Cheshire

Boundary’s food is a modern interpretation of comforting classics. The menu offers shared items and family style mains. The beverage program boasts signature cocktails and an extensive selection of “brown” based spirits. The wine list showcases classic grape varieties from around the world. Boundary’s menu is meant to be visited often so portions are good and prices are approachable. It caters to every mood whether that is an evening of libations or tucking into a hearty supper. Visit Website

Chesterfield – Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro

Across the ocean is a continent called Europe, where food is embraced as an art form. Why should they have all the fun?

Walk into the most beautiful restaurant you have ever seen. With limestone walls, mosaic tile floor and a soft glow from the hand carved sconces set the tone for a wonderful afternoon or evening. Come in and sample some of our hand tossed pizzas cooked in our brick wood fired oven, or perhaps one of our fresh made pastas where the ingredients don’t come together until you order it. Our outstanding wine list, with wines from around the world, combined with our delicious entrees and staff that doesn’t know how to say “no”, give you a perfect dining experience. We will see you soon at Yia Yia’s. Visit Website

South County – Bartolino’s South

As a south county restaurant tradition, the philosophy of Bartolino’s is to provide a dining experience that welcomes each guest to be part of our extended family. Carrying on the tradition set forth by our mother and father, our motto is: Cook good food and give plenty. Basta! (Enough said). Our guests will always be welcome in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Bartolino’s South in South County and Bartolino’s Osteria on The Hill offer traditional Italian dishes, as well as fresh seafood and choice cuts of meat.

Bartolino’s Family of Restaurants invites you to be a part of our traditions, where outstanding Italian food and drink served in a warm and friendly atmosphere is our priority. Come visit our South County restaurant or our location on The Hill. Visit Website

St. Charles – The Quintessential

Our areas can accommodate parties of all sizes. From the intimate Wine Room that can provide seating for 25 guests to the wonderful rooftop terrace for groups of up to 200, our rooms will surely leave a great impression on your in-laws.

Whatever theme you have in mind, plan and celebrate your rehearsal dinner at Quintessential Dining and Nightlife. We have different rooms and a rooftop terrace to complement any style or motif for your party, making it the perfect venue for meeting your spouse-to-be’s family and friends. Visit Website

Wentzville – Stone Summit Steak & Seafood

Your special events deserve a beautiful venue, outstanding food and our professional attention. For the most special occasions, trust Stone Summit Steak & Seafood to help you plan and execute a truly special event from beginning to end. Our party room selection offers both private and semi-private dining available now for rehearsal dinners and much more. Our talented chefs and attentive service staff are dedicated to making your special event truly memorable. Host your rehearsal dinner at stone summit and let us handle everything from start to finish. Visit Website

Kirkwood/Webster – Olive + Oak

A great meal can turn friends into family, and family into friends. You can reserve part of the restaurant for your event. We have both private and semi-private options available. Whether it is a surprise party, a wedding rehersal dinner, or a business dinner, our staff will work closely with you to create the perfect menu and atmosphere for your event! 

Sit back and relax while we do the work. Your guests will enjoy a customized menu, designed specifically for your event from an assortment of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. All of the items on our menu are prepared from scratch with the utmost care and attention.  Visit Website

Maryland Heights – Kemmol’s Chop House

We’ve been in business for 92+ years. Join us in Westport Plaza! Let us please inspire you with our amazing food. There are so many Italian dishes we introduced to St. Louis. It’s a privilege to serve, and inspire you, and we are so grateful for your patronage.

Let us host your next event. We can handle parties large and small. Kemoll’s is the perfect venue for birthdays, corporate events and rehearsal dinners. The banquet menu is for reservations for groups of 10 or more guests, this excludes our pre-approved corporate clients. Visit Website

Ballwin/Ellisville – Veritas

Veritas Gateway to Food & Wine Veritas didn’t start as a restaurant. The Stitt family first conceived it as a place in West County where people of similar mindset could gather. People who cared deeply about food and wine. People who viewed the dinner table as a gathering place that you shared with friends and family. It was to be a place to shop, to learn, to discuss, and yes to eat. But a restaurant? No.

But from the start the concept took on a life of its own. A kitchen was added. Then the weekly wine bars began. Thursdays extended to Fridays and then to Saturdays and more new friends kept coming. And suddenly we ended up as one of West County’s best loved restaurants. Yes.
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Winner! Best Of TheKnot.com

ALLEGRO ENTERTAINMENT – WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2020

Fourteenth Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

St. Louis, Missouri, November 22nd 2019 Allegro Entertainment is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2020 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app.

In 2020, only five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fourteenth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2020, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories, including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more, to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique wedding.

It’s an honor to be named Best Of TheKnot again! Our entire team at Allegro puts their heart & soul into providing the highest quality of services to our clients, so our newlyweds can truly have the wedding day of their dreams” – Dori Abell, Owner of Allegro Entertainment

The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing high-quality content and inspiration, The Knot makes it easy for couples to connect with and book the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can get connected to any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings gives couples the confidence to find and book the best local vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology makes planning one’s wedding celebrations easier and more enjoyable.

Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million visitors per month who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.

History of Jumping The Broom

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According to Wikipedia, references to “broomstick marriages” emerged in England in the mid-to-late 18th century, always to describe a wedding ceremony of doubtful validity. The earliest use of the phrase is in the 1764 English edition of a French work: the French text, describing an elopement, refers to the runaway couple hastily making un mariage sur la croix de l’épée (literally ‘marriage on the cross of the sword’), an expression the English translator freely renders as ‘performed the marriage ceremony by leaping over a broomstick.

In 1836, the Marriage Act, which introduced civil marriage, was contemptuously referred to as the ‘Broomstick Marriage Act’ by those who felt that a marriage outside the Anglican church did not deserve legal recognition. ’

Irish travellers were said to have a similar custom of marriage called “jumping the budget”, with the bride and groom jumping over a string or other symbolic obstacle.

In WalesRomani couples would get married by eloping, when they would “jump the broom,” or jump over a branch of flowering common broom or a besom made of broom.

In some African-American communities, marrying couples will end their ceremony by jumping over a broomstick, either together or separately. This practice is well attested for as a marriage ceremony for slaves in the Southern United States in the 1840s and 1850s who were often not permitted to wed legally. Its revival in 20th century African American culture is due to the novel and miniseries Roots (1976, 1977)

Regardless or it’s origins, or validity with today’s marriage laws, we love this tradition and think its a cute and fun way to wrap up a wedding ceremony♥

Exotic Honeymoon Destinations

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Are you looking for a “Once-In-A-Lifetime” honeymoon getaway? With help of TravelChannel.com and OrissaPost.com, we’ve compiled 10 exotic and romantic destination ideas….

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Turks and Caicos

A forever favorite for honeymooners is Turks and Caicos. Hotel experts at Oyster.com recommend Point Grace Resort, a leading boutique hotel on the island. Take advantage of the many activities that the hotel offers, such as scuba diving, boating and windsurfing.

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Maldives

Honeymoon in your own private paradise at Komandoo Maldives Island Resort. Start your happily-ever-after basking in the beauty of this romantic archipelago with crystal-clear water and pristine white beaches. In this adults-only resort’s overwater bungalows, you’ll be in a world of your own with the ocean on your doorstep.

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Hawaii

Say aloha to romance at Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort on Oahu’s famed North Shore. With its secluded location a world away from Waikiki’s crowds, breathtaking ocean views and miles of pristine beaches this is the perfect honeymoon escape.

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Greece

If you’re thinking of Greece for your honeymoon, seriously consider Mystique Resort Santorini. The stylish resort is nestled among the beautiful cliffs and whitewashed stone homes of Santorini island. Pamper yourselves with body massages and wraps in a private suite or on a private terrace.

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Portugal

Portugal has recently topped the list as a honeymoon destination. Indulge yourselves with a stay at The Yeatman hotel in the city of Porto, and try The Bacchus Suite (featured here). Amenities include a double walk-in shower and sliding doors that open onto a private terrace with dining options for 2 or more.

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Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle with that special someone. Experience Dublin’s poetic side with its diverse literature, art and music scenes; sleep at Ashford Castle, located near Ireland’s second-largest lake; and plan a classy affair at the castle’s George V Dining Room for delicious, locally sourced, modern Irish and international dishes. Fairy-tale castles, cozy pubs, cobalt-colored lakes and kelly green landscapes surrounded by craggy cliffs make this misty land the perfect honeymoon escape.

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Mexico

Block-out the outside world at the award-wining Maroma Resort and Spa in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Take advantage of their honeymoon package: It includes a 3-course dinner for 2 on the beach with an aphrodisiac menu designed by the chef.

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Spain

Spend 2 or 3 weeks on a romantic tour of Spain. In addition to hitting popular cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, honeymooners should visit a few charming towns in the Andalusia region, such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga. The country’s friendly locals, great food and vibrant cultures increase the potential for an unforgettable post-wedding getaway.

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Africa

Do you both have a love for the outdoors, wildlife and luxury? Try something different, exclusive and adventurous: Jack’s Camp in the East African county of Botswana.

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Seychelles

Spend your honeymoon in the Seychelles, a popular destination for Europe’s elite. We suggest a secluded stay at Fregate Island Private, an eco-friendly resort that features 16 residences with pools, the Rock Spa, 7 beaches and multiple dining options. Sit down to a romantic dinner in the resort’s Treehouse, which is located atop one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees. Honeymooners will enjoy a quiet and relaxing respite in this paradise after walking down the aisle.

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What Is A Gobo Light?

Wikipedia describes a gobo as a stencil or template placed inside or in front of a light source to control the shape of the emitted light. Lighting designers typically use them with stage lighting instruments to manipulate the shape of the light cast over a space or object—for example to produce a pattern of leaves on a stage floor.

In the wedding industry, we create custom monogram designs for our clients, in order to project their names, wedding date, or special detailing onto the dance floor or a blank wall.

At Allegro Entertainment, we have a graphic designer on staff who works directly with our couples in personalizing the perfect gobo lens to enhance their wedding day decor.

Once created, our couples will get to keep their mirrored glass gobo lens as a keepsake, PLUS they will also have their own custom monogram design to use on other projects (ie. etched into champagne flutes, stitched onto bath towels, printed onto coffee mugs, etc.)

35 Mother-Son Dance Songs

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When it comes to the Mother-Son Dance, it’s a tradition that gives honor to the woman whose little boy is all grown up now, and ready to start is new life with his wife. Choosing the perfect song is important in order to give meaning and sentiment to the special moment. We’ve compiled a list of 35 songs to help you with the process of selecting your Mother-Son song…

  1. “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz
  2. “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men
  3. “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles
  4. “Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson
  5. “Angels” by Randy Travis
  6. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
  7. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Aretha Franklin
  8. “Child of Mine” by Carole King
  9. “Dear Mama” by 2Pac
  10. “Do I Make You Proud” by Taylor Hicks
  11. “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
  12. “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston
  13. “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison
  14. “Hey Mama” by Kanye West
  15. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  16. “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin
  17. “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders
  18. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  19. “Love Can Move Mountains” by Celine Dion
  20. “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham
  21. “Mother and Child Reunion” by Paul Simon
  22. “Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry
  23. “Oh, Mother of Mine” by The Temptations
  24. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  25. “Thank You Mom” by Good Charlotte
  26. “The First Lady in My Life” by Paul Todd
  27. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” by Roberta Flack
  28. “The Perfect Fan” by The Backstreet Boys
  29. “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill
  30. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
  31. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  32. “Wind Beneath By Wings” by Bette Midler
  33. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  34. “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban
  35. “Your Song” by Elton John

STL Bachelorette Party Hot-Spots

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We have compiled a list of 10 LOCAL HOT SPOTS that are perfect for a Bachelorette Party! From nightclubs to wineries, party buses to karaoke lounges, our destination suggestions are a sure fire way to have the best time ever with your gal pals!

#1. the monocle

The Monocle was developed in Sept 2015 by the Bacchus Entertainment Group as a shaking little speakeasy ripe with engaging entertainment, delicious cocktails, and fascinating company! Our crew is dedicated to providing the St. Louis region with an inclusive intimate bar & venue. We believe variety is the spice of life so you never know what surprises await you when you step inside the best kept secret in the Grove!
https://www.themonoclestl.com

#2. baileys’ chocolate bar

Our team of pastry chefs, bakers and mixologists work to push the envelope with inventive new martinis and decadent, beautiful desserts. Relax and enjoy your experience, knowing all of our fare is made from scratch with the highest quality chocolate and baking ingredients. Known for our chic and romantic atmosphere, Chocolate Bar is truly a one-of-a-kind spot that’s perfect for any celebration (we feel honored to have seen quite a few proposals here!) or social gathering. We invite you to come and indulge with us.
https://www.baileyschocolatebar.com

#3. w karaoke lounge

St. Louis’ first large-scale karaoke lounge opened its doors last night in U. City. Take one step inside W Karaoke Lounge, and you’ll feel you’ve been teleported to Sin City. The high-style, private room concept is common in Southeast Asia, is still new to the east and west U.S. coasts, and is completely new in the Midwest.
https://visittheloop.com/directories/the-w-karaoke/

#4. 360 st. louis

There are semi-private dining areas that can be utilized for groups up to 300 people. Our experienced event team will ensure that every detail is taken care of so you can relax and enjoy your occasion alongside your guests. Private parties can be completely customized to meet your needs. Indoor and Outdoor spaces can be combined to create the perfect Three Sixty experience.
https://www.360-stl.com/parties/

#5. pin-up bowl

People love parties at Pin-Up Bowl because we’re so good at making guests feel at ease. People say it feels like a bunch of friends are just hanging out relaxing due to the charming ambiance created by unique decor along with a warm inviting feel. You’re not dwarfed by some big sterile event space or a boring banquet hall.  We accommodate events from small reservations and team building events all the way up to private parties of 150 people!
http://www.pinupbowl.com/private-events/

#6. just john nightclub

We’ve got that exclusive and hip vibe, parties and music of all kinds and fantastic events with top acts. At Just John it’s all about music and fun! Dance until the morning hours or spend a relaxing evening with your friends – our club has different areas to fit your mood!
http://www.justjohnclub.com/

#7. ameristar casino

You can feel the excitement from miles away. With its kinetic, high-speed flashing lights, the 74,000 square foot porte cochere at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles hints – thrillingly – at the action inside. With its stunning stained-glass skylights, our 130,000 square foot casino has a Victorian look. But there’s nothing dated about what it contains: the latest, most popular slots and video poker machines, a wide variety of table games, and one of the last live poker rooms in the market. Not to mention its adjoining streetscape is full of first-class restaurants, entertainment spots, and more. And you can play whenever you want – we’re open every day! https://www.ameristarstcharles.com/play

#8. platinum transportation stl

WE ARE A ST. LOUIS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY WHOSE GOAL IS TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE ROCK! Our goal is to make sure that you arrive safely and in style. Our professional chauffeurs will try to accommodate every need to ensure that your night goes perfectly.
http://www.platinumtransportationstl.com/

#9. CEDAR LAKE CELLARS

The popularity of Cedar Lake centers around the charming Big Red Barn and comforting ambiance of the surrounding acreage. The addition of a winery makes it an ideal destination for lunch or dinner in the country as well as large corporate gatherings or private events. Far enough to get away yet close enough to create a special day, Cedar Lake is cosmopolitan country at its finest. Our professionally run, meticulously maintained facility is sure to charm your guests and leave them wanting to come back for more. http://cedarlakecellars.com/

#10. big daddy’s soulard

Big Daddy’s was established in 1999 by Jimbo “Big Daddy” Sinovic. In Historic Soulard Big Daddy’s name and slogan “The Best Bar In The Whole Wide World” became a house hold name within a few years. Great Food, fresh Beer (Soulard Location is less than ½ mile from Anheuser Busch Brewery), outstanding food and drink specials from lunch to late night, there is no reason anyone can’t stop by and claim Big Daddy’s “The Best Bar In The Whole Wide World”.
http://soulard.bigdaddystl.com/