Sure you can go to the zoo or the amazing parks, but why not try something a little less…popular. St. Louis has been a gateway gathering location since 1764. And each successive round of immigrants and passer-throughs found ways to entertain themselves. Many of those traditional activities have been lost to time, but a small handful remain and thrive in The Lou. You don’t need a hat to go to cocked hat bowling at The Corner Bar in St. Charles. It’s a bit of a drive from the Fleur de Lys Mansion, but grab a beer and head down into the basement (being careful of the rafters), and mingle with new friends.
You might not be able to get into the members-only Italia-American Bocce Club down the street, but Milo’s Bocce Garden has a great selection of beer and food. Strolling the shops of The Hill is always fun, and when lunch rolls around you can stop in for a quick game. There are always friendly people who will be happy to explain a Jack and a Kiss. Less obscure is chess, and St. Louis has taken moved checkmate to Moscow in attracting the best players from around the world. For enthusiasts, a stop to the St. Louis Chess Club is mandatory. This summer, grab a friend and head to the Forest Park skating rink to play on the outdoor tables where you can enjoy a beer and soak up the sun. And how about a night of board games or tabletop shuffleboard? Sandrina’s in South City is your average neighborhood bar with food and plenty of options to keep you busy.