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The Scoop: Catching the sweet beat on soon-to-open dance club Honey

January 22nd 03:01pm, 2013

Earlier this month, The Scoop reported that bar and nightclub Honey was opening soon at 4170 Manchester Ave., in The Grove neighborhood. Since then, The Scoop has caught up with Honey co-owner Christy Schaaf to learn more about her new venture.

Those who like to shake it will be happy to know that the focus at Honey is all about dancing. “We have a really big dance floor,” said Schaaf, who returned to St. Louis in 2007 after having danced professionally in cities such as Los Angeles and Dallas, including dancing for the Dallas Mavericks NBA team. “That’s been my goal from the very beginning – to make it a dance spot.”

When patrons feel like sliding over to the bar after gyrating around the dance floor, they will encounter a modest lineup of beer, wine and liquor. Brews include one on tap – Civil Life German Wheat – along with a bottled “selection of craft beers as well as Anheuser Busch products. We want to stay local,” said Schaaf, cautioning that she and co-owner Shaun Hill were “not going to go crazy with a ton of different beers.” The modest cocktail list is honey-themed, featuring drinks prepared with honey syrup, honey whiskey or house-infused honey vodka.

Honey will not offer food, though Schaaf stated that she and Hill are exploring the possibility of a food truck parking near the club on the weekends. “It’s to be determined if that can be outside Manchester,” she said.

Hill expects to have an occupancy permit in hand by the end of this week and hopes to open doors in early February. Tunes will play from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and perhaps until 3 a.m., if Honey is granted a late-hour license a few months from now.

And just what exactly will happy feet get to dance to? Whatever is “danceable,” responded Schaaf, who noted that she and Hill hope to appeal to a wide audience of twentysomethings to folks in their fifties. “We’re going to see how things go. Maybe we’ll have themed nights. We’re going to let the crowd dictate it. We’ll have a DJ Thursdays through Saturdays, playing mostly top 40 mixed with old school stuff. We want to keep it fresh; we want to be a place where everybody can come dance.”

By Ligaya Figueras

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