After a long workweek – hours spent cooped up indoors, with conference calls piling up fast and emails piling up even faster – nothing feels quite as good as a night on the town. Across the Show-Me State, unbeatable nightlife awaits. Whether you prefer a chilled-out atmosphere relaxing with friends or a trendy club where you can dance all night, you'll find what you're seeking in Missouri.
At Elements Lounge, in Kansas City, urban chic meets celestial beauty. Take a moment to stargaze as you sip a fresh-fruit cocktail at this outdoor, piazza-style lounge, in the Power & Light District.
The night sky dazzles at the Mandarin Lounge, a gorgeous St. Louis nightspot with a highly popular rooftop terrace. Specialty cocktails include the absolutely delicious Sugar Plum: plum vodka, pomegranate vodka, white cranberry juice, aloe juice and a lemon twist. Wednesday through Saturday nights, the area's top DJs spin records, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes.
You'll need those same shoes when you hit the town in Springfield, home of the glamorous Zan Nightclub. This beautiful nightspot spans two floors, meaning plenty of room to dance. Order a libation from one of the many bars; treat yourself to bottle service at a deluxe table; dine from an eclectic menu featuring such goodies as lobster rangoon, spiced meatballs and flourless chocolate cake. DJs and drink specials round out the experience.
Want to keep on moving to the beat? Check out the Blue Room, in Osage Beach, where the resident DJ spins Top 40 hits every Friday and Saturday night. Oh – and they serve a full lunch and dinner menu.
For incredible live music, head to the Bottleneck Blues Bar, part of the Ameristar Casino, in St. Charles. This beautiful, spacious venue hosts top regional and national musical headliners, as well as a lineup of stand-up comedians. From behind the gleaming wood bar, friendly bartenders serve a wide selection of beers and cocktails of choice, while you enjoy an evening of fantastic tunes.
In Columbia, in a restored vaudeville theater in downtown, The Blue Note possesses a well-deserved reputation for being a consistently fantastic music venue, welcoming a wide array of nationally known headliners in blues, jazz, reggae, alternative, college rock, country and folk music.