Lounges >The Pepper Lounge
2005 Locust St, St Louis, MO | Directions 6310338.633139 -90.208411
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9pm-3am
Neighborhoods: Downtown West, Downtown St. Louis (West), Saint Louis
Editorial Review by Nancy Mora – Decked out in Tiki gear, this bar creates a chill atmosphere when the temperatures rise or fall.
Calling All Penny Loafers – What I find most interesting about Pepper Lounge is the strictly enforced dress code. Now, when an establishment enforces a dress code, it means there is a certain demographic they are trying to avoid. In the case of, say, The Four Seasons in New York, there is a reason to keep out tourists, or people who can't afford even an appetizer, so no one's time is wasted. In the case of Pepper Lounge, I have to wonder who they are keeping out. My first run-in with this rule was last summer, when a male friend of mine (a very handsome one, by the way) was not let in because he had on flip flops. This seemed strange to me, for several reasons. 1. It's summer in St. Louis. 2. He is a very attractive guy, so why do they care? and 3. his ensemble was very upscale otherwise. They did let me in for a moment, just to see if the people we were meeting had already arrived. I was shocked to find the bar almost completely empty, except for two older men, alone, who were very dressed up, way too tan and sporting slicked back Jersey hair.
It was a recent Sunday night, and I was fortunate enough to again be with a very attractive, well-dressed guy. One of our favorite places downtown was closed, so we decided to give Pepper a try. The place was dead, not a soul inside, but we couldn't get in because my friend was wearing his motorcycle boots. Now, what i'd like to know is this. How does one decide who is in and who is out with such broad parameters? Clearly, flip flops and boots are not allowed. So what is? Penny Loafers? I could show up with some classless, cheap, JC Penney suit wearing guy, but my very hip, very good looking guy friends can't get in. Who is Pepper Lounge trying to keep out here? If they are going to insist on a dress code, I suggest they move their location from downtown to Westport, so all the button-down, tie wearing professionals will have a place they feel welcome.
an elite upscale of the upscale in stl! – This is the place to see and be seen! Great crowd with fantastic energy. Great music...great staff. Extremely helpful. I have read some other reviews and if you are interested in a downscale place...I agree...this is not for you. (Try somewhere on the landing instead) Extremely elegant and classy, the pepper lounge is by far my favorite spot to be in stl. Dress code is up to par, as well as atmosphere. Beautiful people everywhere. Dress up...bring cash...and enjoy! I have seen and met several celebrities at pepper, not uncommon at all seeing as it is the place to be!
Full of wanna be SOMEBODY'S – Do not waste your time going here....the owner's attiitude is horrible, that must be why the bartender's think it is acceptable to act the way they do (p.s. you are a BARTENDER, there to serve others - the attitude), full of people that are TRYING to convince everyone else they have $$$, and not to mention the gold digging women. I was amazed @ how rude people were...this is STL, not LA. If you are an attractive female that is not a REGULAR, expect to get the dagger eye's from the not so polite women. Oh, I almost forgot it is so packed that you can't even drink your drink...unless you want to lose a tooth.
The place to be! – If you enjoy high class atmosphere, friendly, excellent service, good music, and beautiful people...this is your spot. I love it... trust me...its the place to be seen in STL.
Did not like – This bar is trying to become something it will never be. It tries to hard to be hip and instead it comes across as a cheap midwest version of a hot nightclub. Rue 31 is much better, do not be a wannabe and attend this club with horrible service
Good for VIP – This was one of the stops we made for my bachelor party, and I would have to say it was on my top 3 list. We stayed VIP, and there was a real nice view of the scenery. Music was real good, a lot of good looking people. Service was fair. I would recommend this club if you happen to be on or near Washington St. in St Louis.
Pretentious dive – Extremely overrated bar in the evenings. The place is little more than a dive, but instead of recognizing what they are they insist on being a pretentious "hot spot." The evening crowd is full of affluent losers desperate to convince everyone of how important they are despite their main form of income being daddy's allowance. It is also one of the few bars in downtown St. Louis that is not friendly towards baseball fans. Don't bother going after a game, you can't get in.
dj wildwood – This place is extremely underrated. A great food selection, great decour and reasonable prices should have this place packed all of the time. An impressive drink selection and friendly staff to go along with it all. Only drawback is they're laying on the dj vibe a little hard at night, drawing in the pseduo-hot-washington ave-from-west-county club types. Lunch is an especially good time to try this place out.
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