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First Look: Start Bar downtown

Friday, July 15th, 2016




Start Bar, downtown St. Louis’ new arcade bar opened Wednesday, July 13 at 1000 Spruce St. As The Scoop reported in April, the colorful, game-themed space was designed with an eye for detail, from the old school Nintendo console wall art to the narrow tables hidden between game cabinets for drink storage while you play.

“You make enough venues and you start to learn a few things,” co-owner Stephen Savage said. “And [the branding and design firm] Atomicdust did a phenomenal job. We couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

Game manager Mike Ahearn said Start Bar’s 19 cabinets offer a variety of fighting and combat games, shooters, and other classic old school and multi-player games that will rotate based on popularity. Enthusiasts will be happy to know the arcade bar is awaiting the arrival of Killer Queen, a multi-player game with a cult following. “It should be in within six weeks,” Savage said. “It’s our number one requested game.”

Gamers can take a break at one of the 55 seats inside or one of the 50 picnic table seats on the patio. Parties of six to 10 looking to relive childhood glory can take over four reservation-only game lounges stocked with Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and GoldenEye 007 games.

The menu reflects Start Bar’s playful atmosphere, with boozy shakes, floats, snow cones, slushies and popsicles for your inner child and a short list of snacks and candy. The kitchen turns out house-made Neapolitan-style pizzas for those who need something a little more substantial.

Start Bar is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday from noon to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. A short brunch menu with breakfast pizzas and drinks is available from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends. Here’s a peek inside downtown’s new arcade bar:

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-Photos by Michelle Volansky

Drink This Weekend Edition: Boozy slushies on tap in Soulard

Thursday, August 20th, 2015



{From left, the Voo Doo Brew and Brain Freeze at Trops}


Some weekends, we long for a perfectly balanced cocktail, a pint of obscure craft beer or a glass of elegant wine. And some weekends, we want neon frozen booze bombs served in plastic cups and sucked through a straw. This is one of those weekends.

Leave the coat and tie at home and sidle up to the bar at Tropical Liqueurs, where any cocktail you order comes boozed up and blended. Trops, as it’s known to University of Missouri students, recently opened at 1800 S. 10th St., in Soulard and serves up more than a dozen varieties of house-mixed, boozy slushies.

Mizzou alums will recognize the Tiger Paw from their Columbia stomping grounds. A riff on a fuzzy navel, peach and orange flavors dominate thanks to peach schnapps, pineapple and orange juices and Bacardi 151. The Voo Doo Brew is a sweet, tangy blast of banana liqueur, vodka, sloe gin, fresh banana puree and lemonade. If it’s a tequila kind of day, the Brain Freeze will oblige with tequila, Puerto Rican rum, gin, blue curaçao and lemonade.

Can’t decide? Mix and match. Combine up to three slushy flavors in one cup. The Silver Bullet, a basic mix of Everclear, lemonade and Sprite gives a tangy punch to any of the menu items like the sweet and fruity Sex on the Beach. Order your custom boozy concoction in a modest 12-ounce cup (holding around two to three shots of booze) to an innocuous-sounding extra-large. In fact, it’s a 44-ounce monster packing of eight to nine shots in one massive cup. If you really don’t want to remember the night, additional shots can be added for $2.

Grab your sunglasses, flip flops and a chair under one of the umbrella-covered patio tables or inside in the 40-seat bar, order a slushy and sip the weekend away pretending you’re at a beachside resort – or back in undergrad.



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