3 Top Blues Music Venues in St. Louis

blues music venueIf you’re looking for a spot where you can listen to the blues and enjoy a few drinks, you’ll find plenty of options in St. Louis, Missouri. Each of these spots offers its own unique atmosphere and plenty of opportunities to listen to live music, so get out this weekend and enjoy the tunes.

Broadway Oyster Bar

Broadway Oyster Bar has been locally owned and operated in St. Louis for over three decades and is known as the premier location for New Orleans-style fare and live music in the Midwest. Many locals refer to it as BOB and the restaurant is located in a building constructed in the mid-1800s. Over the years, the structure has served as a Chinese laundry facility, a guest and boarding house, and a recording studio. Recent renovations have added modern amenities without sacrificing the space’s historic flair.
Every night, you can listen to live tunes at BOB. In addition to blues music, entertainment includes local and nationally known artists who perform R&B, funk, bluegrass, rock, reggae, and more. Most performances offer free admission, although the more well-known musicians may require a cover charge. As you listen, enjoy food from the menu like blue crab cakes, lobster po’boy sandwiches, creole jambalaya, shrimp and grits, and fresh oysters. This spot also has a full bar menu with signature and traditional cocktails.


During the Prohibition era, rumor has it that Hammerstone’s was used as a drugstore that sold bootleg liquor from its back door. Today, Hammerstone’s is known for its delicious food and entertainment acts. Many of its patrons enjoy relaxing on the beautiful patio when the weather is pleasant and taking advantage of the cool breeze while listening to the live music coming from inside the restaurant. Live music acts perform every night, so check the lineup to figure out which musicians will be playing your favorite blues tunes.
Hammerstone’s also has 12 beers on tap inside and five on tap at the bar on the patio. As you listen, you can munch on a variety of tasty options. Start with an order of stuffed mushroom caps, wings, or traditional homemade pimento cheese served with toasted pita bread. The entrees include tasty sandwiches piled high with fixings, pizza, steak, fried chicken, and Cajun mac ‘n’ cheese.

Beale on Broadway

At Beale on Broadway, you can listen to some of the top blues artists as they come through St. Louis. Doors open at 7 p.m. and shows begin at 8 p.m. with an opening act. The headliner’s performance starts at 10:30 p.m. The seating is first come, first serve so arrive early to get a great view of the stage.
With so many great places to enjoy the blues in St. Louis, it’s easy to find a new favorite live music joint. If you’re a local, head to one of these spots for some good tunes, great cocktails, and excellent food, or if you’re just visiting, plan your trip today!
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