Fellow Red Sox fans
Boston.com’s Emily Wright visited St. Louis and snapped some shots of what you can expect if you visit the area this weekend for a World Series game.
After the first game ended, there was a rousing round of applause from somewhere in The Flying Saucer. It happened to belong to a trio of visiting Maine residents who were there on business, but supporting the Sox nonetheless.
From left: Mary Withee of Hamden, Maine, and Amy Rydzewski and Devon Richards, both of Portland, Maine.
MLB veteran Mike Shannon’s restaurant uses his namesake, but lots of other names are what make this place special. Shannon has one of the largest, best displayed collections of sports memorabilia that I’ve ever seen. Jerseys from all teams (including Boston ones) line the walls in the restaurant, halls, and banquet rooms.
Lots. Of. Steak.
Prime rib was the steak of choice for Minnesota businessman Wayne Dilling who grabbed a Barstool at Mike Shannon’s for dinner on Wednesday night. He paired it with a glass of cabernet and some housemade fries. His review: delicious.
The Gateway Arch
This monument is the backdrop to several downtown hotels, but if you’re not staying close, there are plenty of street signs to direct you toward the riverfront and its entrance.
You can actually climb the sculptures at City Museum — and it’s encouraged. This shot is of the outdoor area, complete with gutted aircraft for your inner child’s jungle gym-loving pleasure.
The St. Louisans favor tall buildings, sculptures, and stellar views, so while you’re there make sure to check out the view from a place like Three Sixty in the Hilton. This was the view looking inside Busch Stadium at night on Wednesday. Sadly, it wasn’t lit up, but on the next slide you can see what it looked like in the daylight from The Top of the Riverfront restaurant.
The Top of the Riverfront is unique for several reasons, the coolest being that it’s a rotating restaurant. Second coolest is the view that comes with that rotation, like this look inside the Redbirds home turf.
Fenway Park is a legendary ballpark, everyone knows that, but Busch Stadium is nothing to shake a stick at. The Cardinals call this arena home and it’s surrounded by lots of local sports bars to check out while in the area.
Lots of beverage choices
St. Louis is a town with deep roots in the beverage industry (Budweiser, anybody?) but aside from the obvious beer, people like STLwinegirl founder Angela Ortmann have worked to bring stellar wines and other fine drinks to the area. Here, Ortmann checked out the wine list at Three Sixty.
Wait, happy hours still exist? We Bostonians might forget that there is such a thing, but in St. Louis the drink and appetizer promotion is alive and well. Here is a shot of the specials at The Flying Saucer, just two blocks from Busch Stadium.
Beer, beer, beer
The panoramic picture was the only option to get all of the taps in one shot from The Flying Saucer. The bar boasts 80 tapped kegs on a regular basis as well as around 150 bottled beers.
I thought Boston was bad. The Cardinals fans really celebrate their baseball team. I almost forgot that St. Louis is also home to an NFL and NHL team because of the amount of red I saw on the city’s streets — and residents.
Sweet, friendly fans
Despite this being the World Series, Executive Salon hairstylist Betty Kinder had nothing but sweet things to say about Bostonians and the Red Sox organization. She let her newspaper do the talking for her. The First Community ad read, “Hey Boston this ain’t no tea party’’ Bring it on.
More Cardinals swag
Pete Nettle’s Executive Salon on Olive Street was chock full of Redbirds memorabilia, including banners, a stuffed cardinal, posters, and balloons.
World Series vendors
This tent was set up across the street from the Hilton in Kiener Plaza.