Skip the food. stay for the music.
I went here for dinner with my friend. The restaurant was empty. We sat down and waited for someone to come out to greet us. I few minutes later a young lady comes out, walks to the far end of dinning room and blow drys her hair. I ask the lady if the place is open. She says yes that she is our server. The food was ok but the service never got better. When we were ready to pay our bill we could not find our server. There were other people in the restaurant needing attention to. After about 20-30 mins. We decided to go to the attached bar. We found our server there. She said the bar got busy and she makes more tips there so she jumped over. She said she figured the other server would take care us or we find her. I informed her there was no one else there. She says yes she is about to clock on. 30 mins with no one in the diningroom. We did have a great time at the bar. She bought us a shot.
Terrible service. No seems to be in charge. But the bar and blues is fun.
Great Band. Jimmy Lee and The Joint Jumpers, on Sunday nights. They start around 7pm...one of the best little bands in St Louis.
blues music?. have been told by friends, I should go to 1860s for good music -went Fri night for first time; good diverse crowd and the band was good, but played just a few blues numbers....mostly "oldies" tunes...while good music, NOT the blues. Dont call yourself a bluesband and then spend the night playing 50s and 60s hits.
I would not recommend it if you're looking for good food!.
As a first time customer at 1860, my acquaintance and I walked into a side door and could not figure out if we were supposed to seat ourselves, wait, or what. After a couple of minutes we decided to walk around to see if anyone was staffing the dining room. We stumbled upon the kitchen and found a nice lady who promptly seated us and gave us menus.
Our server came quickly after that, and took our drink orders. I ordered a hurricane. The waitress I.D.ed me, though I'm not sure why, since I'm pretty sure a tablespoon of cough syrup contains more alcohol than my hurricane did.
We ordered appetizers, that came out with our main dishes. We ordered the potato boats with no bacon. The potato boats were stone cold when they got to us. Not only were they cold, but they tasted like they had been cooked days in advance and warmed up--insufficiently. When we told the waitress, she took them and put them into the microwave--which I had a perfect view of from my seat!
My friend ordered the red beans and rice as an entrée--it too was cold! As a main course, I ordered a half dozen of oysters on the half shell and an order of french fries. The french fries, can you guess, were cold! They tasted like they could have actually been good if they were hot. The oysters were actually good, which is why I give 1860 one star.
After our barely touched plates, except for my oysters, were cleared, we paid our bill and went on our way. When we tried to leave out of the door we came in, it was locked! We then promptly tired another door--locked! We finally wandered into a back room were we found our waitress sitting down, chatting and smoking--maybe that explains the inattentiveness and cold food! She pointed us to the exit.
I, nor my friend, will ever go back. There are other places in Soulard, that serve great Cajun styled food, with good service.
Should you decide to venture in to 1860, I hope your experience is better than ours!
Blues, blues, blues. One of the great blues music spots in St. Louis. Sometimes rowdy crowd Thursday thru Saturday, good mix of younger and older people. Dance next to, and sometimes with, the band members, especially Steve Pecaro, the best large guitar player in the Midwest. Tony Campanell rocks, also. Good food with a Cajun slant, and the separate dining room is great for Sunday breakfast.
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