Lounges >The Pepper Lounge
2005 Locust St, St Louis, MO | Directions 6310338.633139 -90.208411
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9pm-3am
Neighborhoods: Downtown St. Louis (West), Saint Louis, Downtown West
Very racist establishment. My husband and I were there with friends on a Friday. My husband and friends where on the dance floor and my husband's glasses were knocked off. So, we as a group scouted the dance floor from one side to the other... Imagine our surprise when we made it to the other side of the dance floor and was told my husband was being put out. He was put out because he was identified as the male that grabbed a waitress's butt. I'm not opposed to protecting waitresses, however, my husband was with me or our group the entire time we were in there and was not witnessed by anyone else as having sexually harassed anyone. There were only 2% blacks in the club, and while I hate to pull the race card, it's hard to think that my husband wasn't identified as the perpetrator because of his ethnicity, whether it was his hair or his skin color that had him improperly identified. When asked if his accuser could come out and identify him, we were denied. We were also denied the description of the male assailant. While it may have been an innocent mistake, I'm am still in no rush to feel discriminated against, or to waste my money where I'm not wanted. If you are any type of minority, I'd avoid this establishment at all cost. You're likely to get incorrectly accused of defiling the honor of the white woman or any of the other stereotypical crimes of minorities.
I have been here a number of times and have always had a good time. I really enjoy the atmosphere here after midnight.
Don't "line dance"! – My friends and I, (all graduate WashU students) were at the Pepper lounge having a going-away party for a friend. We got kicked out because apparently our dance style did not conform to their regular style. When I asked the manager what the problem was, he said some customer had complained and that we were being kicked out for, and I quote, "kicking and line dancing"....... We were doing Bhangra! To bhangra music that the DJ was playing!!
So, apparently only customers who get completely drunk and grind against strangers are welcome there. If you plan on actually doing any dance moves that involve lifting your feet off the ground, I recommend you find another place.
Experience Discrimination..Racial Too! – Actually if you read even a handful of reviews you'll know, pepper lounge has been quite discriminative about the customers, and this time they just went too ahead on this. Our group of >15 Indian, Pakistani and American friends was asked to leave because we were supposedly intoxicated (from 1 or 2 drinks) or maybe were indecent when we were enjoying in our group, Pepping up on Indian Songs played by DJ. The reasons given by different bouncers and even the GM, did not match… ‘coz these were all excuses.
A few visitors came to us and showed their concern and even left the bar with us condemning this decision.
STL definitely has better clubs than this one. Pepper Lounge only comes with an additional load.
Racist bar – Who wants to go to a bar, to have fun, when it's owned by a bunch of racists? There are so many other bars to go to.
Racial Discrimination at Pepper Lounge – I had a very negative experience at Pepper Lounge. I am an American who went to Pepper Lounge with a group of my Indian friends, and, while we were there, my friends experienced racial discrimination.
We had been at Pepper Lounge from about 10:30 or 11 and had been dancing in the bar. It was quite a nice atmosphere at that point, and the DJ even played some pretty famous Indian songs. When the dance floor opened up, we went in there. My friends are Indian, so they prefer to dance openly in a large group. We danced on the dance floor for a while, and then, while I was at the bar, a bouncer came up to some of them and told them they had to leave because they were too drunk. In fact, no one had more than one or two drinks the whole night. I went to speak to the GM, and he told me that there had been complaints of them bumping into people. I'm not aware of them bumping into anyone, but it's a club, so that happens. Then he said, that they were jumping and kicking and that it's "just not that kind of club." That's when I became very sad and realized that my friends were being kicked out because they just weren't like everyone else. I went and got my tab and told my friends that we should leave, because we don't want to be in a place like that. A very nice bouncer tried to speak up for us. He also had an accent, and I think he was acutely aware that my friends were being asked to leave because they were foreigners. It wouldn't have mattered to me. I wanted to leave then anyway. We went to Club 15, where we had no similar problems.
terrible drinks – i went to PL last night for the first time, and it will definitely be the last time. the music was decent, but all of the workers, bouncers, and managers were all quite rude. also, several of my friends and i ordered drinks, which were all very much watered down. i had to go through a lot of "hoops" to get them to get me another drink.
Dress code? – OK, so the only reason I'm here is a few weeks back when I was in town for the Tour of Missouri bike race, I went to the Pepper Lounge, and the only reason I know this is because my credit card statement says so. I do vaguely remember attending, but what I think is interesting is I was definitely wearing flip flops, and I was with some pretty ugly dudes, and we all got in. So I guess there is really no method to their madness. Oh yeah, the place was packed too so it seems they could have been choosy if need be. hmm.....
Great DJ – The DJ here is my favorite in St. Louis. His mixes are upbeat and unique. It's too bad the dance floor is so small that it's hard to dance but you can make it work. I can always get a drink promptly. The staff is usually very nice. I don't personally think the people there are pretentious but I do typically notice the guys that put on a blazer and suddenly think they are the super hottest trendsetter in town, which is gross but also pretty funny. The ladies room is, however, WAY too small. Ladies get in for free on Saturday nights and they have a coat check (which is a must for a bar in my opinion) with a very nice/friendly attendant. The decor is unique and very astatically pleasing. I also really like the two areas, lounge in the front and dance area in the back. I like having that option. I like this bar mostly for the music and in St. Louis we don't have too many good options for places to go if you want to dress up a little and do some boogying. But then again, I could scrap all this if the manager really does kick people out based on color.... ew.
Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. – My girlfriend recently completed her MBA. She wanted to host a party at Pepper Lounge to celebrate. She reserved a booth which cost us $300.00 for 2 bottles of Grey Goose. She was only allowed to have 6 people in the club for her party. Other people came but could not even pay to get in. Our circle of friends consist of trendy, educated, sophisticated, classy, adults. The owner turned everyone away and even made those that were inside leave. Not because of how they were dressed,not because the club was overcroweded (the club was completely empty at 12:45, It closes at 2), or they were too rowdy, simply because he didnt want a group of black people in his club. He made up some excuse about him having other parties booked and he has to let their guest in first. THERE WERE NO OTHER PARTIES BOOKED. The workers confirmed that before he came up with this excuse. His employees weren't even aware of this rule. His attitude was so unbelievable. I will never ever go back there. Its such a shame because I recommended that place to my girlfriend. He also owns Nectar and Mandarin Lounge.
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