🔥 = WashU Hot Picks (WUSM M1 favorites, as reported by our classmates in the Annual Dis-O Guide Mega Survey)

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A Classmate on Dancing the Night Away

Club Viva is your friendly neighborhood spot for international music and tons of dancing. They have Latin nights (including salsa, bachata, and merengue) twice a week, reggae nights once a week, and monthly Bollywood and bhangra nights. Love dancing? It’s the place for you! Want to learn? They offer free classes before each event. Best of all, it’s walking distance from school, so there is never an excuse not to get your groove on! A bailar!” 

Avan A., M1

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A Classmate on Going Out

“Any night on the town at the bars is a fun experience.”

Thomas B., M1

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A Classmate on Irish Pub Music

“I really enjoy on a regular night going out to McGurk’s and enjoying the music.” 

Maggy B., M1

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A Classmate on Live Music at Bars

“I love how much live music there is at bars here. Some of the most fun I’ve had here is going out and dancing with my classmates!”

Jessica C., M1

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Atomic Cowboy, the Grove 🔥

For when you want to dance your heart out.

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Ballpark Village, Downtown 🔥

Hang before, after, or if you didn’t score tix, during any Cardinals home game. Wear red if you want to rep the home team. If you’re repping another team, you can expect Cards fans to still be very friendly, unless it’s the Cubs, in which case, expect some moderate heckling.

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Bar Napoli, Clayton

You’ll likely see some supercars parked out front of this upscale Italian restaurant by day (“Café Napoli”/debaucherous night club by night (“Bar Napoli”). This downtown Clayton institution is best on a nice evening when the patio scene is lively. Dress cute, wear your dancing shoes, and expect some interesting people watching here at Napoli.

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Blueberry Hill, the Loop 🔥

Music-themed bar and restaurant with great buffalo fries, fried pickles, chili, and burgers (including an Impossible Burger for the vegetarian inclined). Intimate live music venue called the Duck Room in the basement of the bar, where the father of Rock & Roll — and St. Louisan — Chuck Berry continued to play monthly until his death in 2017.

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Club Viva, CWE

This global music and dance club across from the Up Down features theme nights. Wednesday is Reggae Night, Thursday and Saturday are Latin Night, and once a month (on a Friday) they host Bollywood Night.

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Gezellig, the Grove 🔥

Craft beer tavern and bottle shop nestled amongst the Grove’s many nightlife spots. 28 beers on tap, or you can pick from any of the nearly 700 bottled and canned beers in their refrigerators; they’ll open it and pour it for you.

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iTap, CWE, Soulard 🔥

International Tap House, or iTap for short, is a regular meeting spot for WUSM students and is just on the edge of campus. Featuring an extensive array of draft and bottled beers.

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Just John, the Grove 🔥

LGBTQ nightclub where everyone is welcome. Self-described as the “gay ‘Cheers’.” Dancing, friendly people, and several levels of music to suit your mood abound at Just John.

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McGurk’s, Soulard

Popular Irish pub featuring live music, including Irish and American folk. Chill on weeknights, rowdy with undergrads on weekend nights.

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Molly’s, Soulard 🔥

Huge outdoor patio, lively and boisterous in the summer months.

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Moonrise, the Loop 🔥

Rooftop lounge with easy vibes on a summer evening.

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Pieces, Soulard

Awesome, beloved board game bar in Soulard.

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Pin-Up Bowl, the Loop

For when you’re torn between tearing up the lanes and hitting the bars, Pin-Up is there so you don’t have to choose.

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Places to Take a Date-Date

Allie L., M1

“There are plenty of great places in St. Louis to take a date-date! One of my favorite dates in St. Louis was to the Zoo Lights. The St. Louis Zoo has lights displays for both Halloween and the winter holidays, and it’s a great place to walk around, see the lights, and talk with your date. Also, in the winter there is an ice skating rink called Steinberg Skating Rink right by the medical campus, and there are also plenty of painting classes for couples in St. Louis!” 

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Places to Take a First Date

Karim S., M1

“St. Louis is a great place to fall in love and have a couple kids! If that’s not your thing, it’s also a great place to meet some cool people. A stroll through Forest Park is the St. Louis equivalent of long walks on the beach, and you can’t go wrong with dinner at Layla’s or some Ted Drewes frozen custard. With lots of trendy restaurants and outdoors spots, you’ll never be short on places to go!” 

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Talanya’s, South City 🔥

A truly bizarre 3 a.m. dive bar that becomes quite the liver-punishing scene in the wee hours. Disco balls, mirrored walls, neon lights, loud music, and lots of dancing make Talanya’s a popular last stop for the night when you’re just not ready to go home quite yet.

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Taste, CWE 🔥

Ample craft cocktails and unique bites like wild boar meatballs and bacon fat carrots.

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Tin Roof, Downtown 🔥

Live cover bands and a debaucherous scene. Close to Ballpark Village, so it’s an ideal option for pre- or post-Cardinals game.

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Up-Down St. Louis, CWE 🔥

Fun arcade bar with skee-ball, every arcade game you can think of, foosball, giant jenga, Mario Kart, and the ever popular Killer Queen. Up-Down also serves pizza until closing time, so you can refuel while playing your 80s arcade game of choice.

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, the Grove, Downtown 🔥

Massive German beer hall with great food, great beer, and great attitudes.