A Music Pro’s Guide to St. Louis Blues Clubs

best blues clubs st louis

As someone who has worked professionally in the St. Louis music industry, I can’t get enough of St. Louis’s amazing music scene.

Over the years, several amazing musicians have called St. Louis their home, including Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, and Willie Akins. But here’s the secret: the local musicians here nowadays might be just good as they were back in the day.

While these performers may not have as big of a name as Miles Davis, they do have the skill set to make fantastic music and put on a great show.

As a music lover at heart, professional musician, and long-time St. Louis local, here are my personal picks for the best blues and jazz clubs in St. Louis.

Map of the Best Blues Clubs in St. Louis

Most iconic: The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill

Up until his death, Chuck Berry performed regularly at The Duck Room inside of Blueberry Hill, making this a St. Louis landmark. Blueberry Hill, the main restaurant, is located on the main floor, while the Duck Room is in the basement below.

This iconic restaurant and bar is a great place to grab a bite to eat and then head downstairs to listen to live music, which happens several times a week.

Best jazz club musicians: Jazz St. Louis

Right across the street from the Fox Theater, in the Grand Center Arts District, Jazz St. Louis features local musicians and more notable touring jazz artists. This intimate jazz performance space is one of the best places to hear some of the most talented jazz musicians in the city, and sometimes even in the country!.

Formerly known as Jazz at the Bistro, Jazz St. Louis is an organization that keeps St. Louis’s jazz scene thriving. Jazz St. Louis has an artist residency program, creates resources for young musicians, and has even developed an elementary curriculum partnership for local music educators.

As a former music teacher, I am always a fan of arts organizations that are committed to developing and cultivating talent in young people!

  • Address: 3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
  • Website: Jazz St. Louis

Coolest jazz club venue: Venice Cafe

Venice Cafe is one of the coolest places in St. Louis, and is a must-visit whether you like blues music or not. Funky folk art, bright mosaics, and eclectic lighting create an unparalleled and colorful atmosphere for music, food, and drinks.

You can hear live music at this cafe every night except for Sundays.

Pro tip: Mmake sure to hit the ATM before heading to this venue: it’s cash-only.

Best blues club food: Highway 61 Roadhouse

Situated right next to Webster University, my alma mater (and also the best jazz school in the area!), you can find college music majors playing here during open mic nights and local blues bands performing here on the weekends.

Highway 61 is a Creole-inspired space with a vibrant and lively atmosphere. The food definitely matches the music and environment. This restaurant has been featured on the TV show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” and serves a variety of Cajun eats, like gumbo, catfish, and New Orleans sweet corn.

  • Address: 34 S Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
  • Website: New Menu

Best downtown St. Louis blues club: Broadway Oyster Bar

With fantastic Cajun-style seafood, great drinks, a fun atmosphere, and live music every night, what more could you want from a downtown blues club? This New Orleans-style restaurant, bar, and music venue has been around for 35 years and is still going strong.

While the inside is usually crammed with people, the lively atmosphere and outdoor patio make for a fun hangout. As a bonus, the Broadway Oyster Bar typically has no cover charge, unless you come to see some of the more popular acts on the weekends.

Best outdoor hangout: The Gramophone

With live music every night (except for Monday), excellent food, and a lively patio space, The Gramophone is great for a casual lunch or a late-night hangout.

While the inside has a vibrant atmosphere, the patio outside features colorful murals of sandwiches in outer space, creating an exceptionally playful environment.

Besides live music, The Gramophone is known for top-notch sandwiches, so make sure you come hungry. The menu has sandwiches of all kinds, usually loaded with meat, which you can wash down with one of the many craft beers at the bar.

Best atmosphere: 1860 Saloon and Hardshell Cafe

For over 35 years, the 1860 Saloon has welcomed musicians from around the St. Louis area and throughout the Midwest. Every night, you can listen to local musicians of all different genres, but the fun doesn’t stop there. There are three different hangout areas at this saloon: The Game Room, The Saloon, and The Hardshell Cafe.

The Game Room, featuring foosball, shuffleboard, arcade games, and darts.The Saloon portion of this joint is a room with an antique bar area and a vintage atmosphere, perfect for drinks and music. And if you’re in the mood for some New Orleans-style food, check out The Hardshell Cafe.

With so much to do, great music, and fantastic food and drinks, you could easily spend the entire evening at the 1860 Saloon and Hardshell Cafe.

  • Address: 1860 S 9th St, St. Louis, MO 63104
  • Website: 1860 Saloon

Best jazz brunch: Evangeline’s Bistro

Evangeline’s Bistro is a music house and cafe that feels like an elevated New Orleans-inspired wine bar. Live jazz and blues music happens most nights of the week, and this cafe hosts a playful swing jazz brunch every Sunday, featuring local swing artists and an impressive menu.

Evangeline’s also has a happy hour, daily specials, and a Cajun menu with plenty of seafood, jambalaya, and gumbo. For great food, local music, and an elegant atmosphere, Evangeline’s won’t disappoint.

  • Address: 512 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Website: Evangeline’s