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Cheap Date: Twilight Tuesdays

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Bad news for all the job seekers out there: Now that universities have loosed another crop of little overachievers onto the unemployment line, your resume has an even worse chance of inching its way up the already jammed inboxes of the human resource managers whose eyes you’ve so desperately been trying to catch. While underemployment breeds despair, it’s important to take solace in the fact that St. Louis is one of the most accommodating cities to loiter in – especially in terms of free amusements for the broke and weary. With the warm season upon us, now is the time to plan a date and take advantage of the plethora of admission-free outdoor concerts and shows. Case in point: Every Tuesday, for three more weeks, the History Museum plays host to Twilight Tuesdays, a stellar concert series held under the stars. Music kicks off at 6 p.m., but it’s best to grab a spot on the lawn at least 30 minutes prior. Grab a few lawn chairs and stock the following thrifty meal:


Insanely cheap, but still respectable, bottles of wine are held in surplus at The Wine and Cheese Place at 7435 Forsyth Blvd., just a stone’s throw from the History Museum. Try the 2011 Frontera Cabernet Merlot blend, a dark, unpretentious, medium-bodied red that tastes like it should cost $15 a bottle but retails for just $4. Now that the booze is covered, head northeast to the Gyro House at 6152 Delmar Blvd., where $16 will secure you a takeout order of two gorgeous gyros stuffed with thick, tender slices of lamb – these are easily the best in town. (Be sure to have management include plastic knives and forks as well as extra napkins for these monster-sized portions.)

{Floating Island at Brasserie by Niche}

As the music winds down, grab your date and head east up Lindell Boulevard to the sleepy side streets of the Central West End, where you’ll find Brasserie by Niche – a romantic, nineteenth century-style French hideaway. Cap off your evening by sharing one of Brasserie’s stellar desserts – i.e. profiteroles, chocolate mousse with hazelnut shortbread, floating island, cherry clafouti with brandy ice cream, for $8 each.

— Brasserie photo by Ashley Gieseking

Cheap Date: A Tuesday Night in Soulard

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

CheapDate_logoThe beauty of planning a date for a Tuesday night is the element of surprise. No one expects a romantic rendezvous two days into the workweek, on perhaps the most wretched of days. There are also certain underestimated perks of playing the Tuesday night card – namely intimate, sparsely populated venues with fantastic weekday deals.

With a little homework, it’s possible to mastermind a casual night on the town for much less than you’d be laying down on a crowded Friday night. Here’s a cheat sheet for one recently designed:

International Tap House leads the pack in a fantastic little trend: local pubs that, rather than offer food, focus on the booze and encourage patrons to bring in carryout. I-Tap’s Soulard location is flush with nearby takeaway options, one of which is arguably the best example of non-St. Louis-style pizza brilliance in all of downtown: Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza. A large, hand-tossed, brick-oven beauty with two toppings will run you about $20. Well worth the trip.


Grab a to-go order from Feraro’s 10th Street location, just blocks away from iTAP’s Soulard beer mecca. On Tuesdays, from 8 p.m. till close, customers can enjoy Local Brewery Night, which features $3 drafts and bottles of Missouri-based microbrews. There’s a leather couch with your name on it. Looking for something smooth to wash down that slice of Feraro’s? Try what is fast becoming a local barroom staple: Urban Chestnut’s Zwickel – a smooth drinking, classic European lager crafted in the Midtown brewery.


Though i-Tap has regular installments of live entertainment, Soulard’s real music epicenter is two blocks down South Ninth Street at 1860’s Saloon and Hardshell Cafe. Make this your next destination. Tuesday nights at 1860’s feature $2 PBRs – as well as no cover for the electric, blues and classic rock of the Jason David Cooper Band, a local mainstay that hits the stage every Tuesday at 9 p.m. And let’s be honest: Nothing pairs as well with the sounds of Muddy Waters and The Allman Brothers Band as cheap beer. Thankfully 1860’s doesn’t disappoint.

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