Do the Loop – St. Louis

Summer in the city, St Louis Style

Jump into to loop for an unforgettable urban vacation experience. Your vacation starts when you arrive St Louis’ newest urban chic boutique hotel, the Moonrise. When you arrive at the Moonrise Hotel, park the car and put on your walking shoes.

Sidewalk Dining on The Loop

The six-block neighborhood known as The Loop, showcase the city’s cultural heritage. Packed with more than140 businesses brimming with energy and activities, The Loop is home to St. Louis’ Walk of Fame. Known for the bronze stars and plaques of famous St Louisans such as: Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, Joseph Pulitzer, William Inge, Yogi Berra, Sara Teasdale, and Chuck Berry to name a few.

The Loop is packed with dining, shopping and entertainment choices – more than 140 establishments in all. Named after the streetcars that “looped around” to return to St. Louis more than a century ago, today The Loop is recognized as “One of the Top Ten Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

Entertainment, food, and fun are all within walking distance of the hotel. Scope out neighborhood and ask the Moonrise concierge for suggestions and a map. Moonrise also offers bike rentals.

First, lock in the entertainment for the weekend. Next door, the Pageant theater and concert hall is just one of ten that offer live music 7 days a week. Concert tickets can include cabaret-style tables, chairs, tables, and bar stools. The Pageant offers VIP treatment, center row balcony and valet parking.

legendary Chuck Berry

There are also Moonrise/Pageant packages available, see the Pageant website for details. Moonrise offers a Chuck Berry Concert Package for $299.

Even if bowling is not your thing, pop into the Pin-Up Bowl, a bowling alley and martini lounge. Really.

The long menu of cocktails includes, their signature drinks, classic and modern cocktails. It would be tough to stump the bartender here. The food menu starts with Campbell’s tomato soup, baked pretzels with cheese dip, burgers, hot dogs and cherry pop tarts. Really.

Find your thrill at the landmark restaurant and music club, Blueberry Hill. The restaurant is packed with pop culture memorabilia.

Blueberry Hill features live music by touring and St. Louis bands, including rock & roll legend Chuck Berry. Located along the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Chuck Berry's Star on the Walk of Fame

Where to eat

Pi Pizzeria – serves lunch and dinner every day. 6144 Delmar, in the Loop, across from the Pageant, call 314.727.6633 or order online .

After a long day on the loop, we opted to take our Pi to our room at the Moonrise. When we took our empty pizza box to the trash, there were three more guests who had the same idea. If you choose this option, be sure to peak inside the restaurant at the license plate art. This green restaurant offers gluten-free crust, daiya vegan cheese and match vegan meat. Famous for their deep-dish corn meal crust, Pi serves both thin and thick crusts.

Fitz’s American Grill & Bottling Works – Watch Fitz’ 1940’s bottling line is visible from every table on the main floor. The bottling line can turn out a bottle of root beer every second. Dine outside on Fitz’s patio, weather permitting.

Fitz' root beer float photo PBH

Menu includes burgers, wraps, salads, sandwiches and a root beer float big enough to share with several people. It’s fun, affordable and suitable for families or even date night.

Fitz’s American Grill & Bottling Works is at 6605 Delmar Boulevard. Phone: 314-726-9555. Rent root beer kegs for your next party. Hours: Restaurant Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m., 7 days a week. Close will vary between 9 p.m. and midnight depending upon season/day of week. Upstairs bar hours: Open daily at noon, closes 1:30 a.m. Monday – Saturday and Close 11:30 PM Sunday.

The Loop revitalization began in the 1970s with unique, owner-operated gift shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Outdoor cafés bring excitement to the streetscape as do established businesses such as Blueberry Hill, a nationally known restaurant and music club, and the historic Tivoli Movie Theatre, showing independent films.

The Delmar Loop MetroLink Station makes it easy for travelers to get to nearby Clayton, Forest Park, Washington University and downtown St. Louis

Chuck Berry Rocks

St Louis’ Moonrise Hotel

To learn more visit St. Louis Vacations, go to Convention & Visitors Commission.

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