Moonrise Rooftop Bar

One day, you too can look this classy.

6177 Delmar Blvd.

Although Moonrise is located over by the Danforth Campus on the edge of the Delmar Loop, it’s a great bar to venture over to once in a while. It has an amazing rooftop patio that is fun to hang out on during nice summer/ fall/spring days. It draws a slightly classier crowd than the rest of the Loop bars, so I would recommend dressing up a little more if you’re heading to Moonrise. The crowd includes a lot of young professionals, so it’s a great place to go to meet new people outside of the class. Another perk is that it stays open until 3 a.m., so when the Loop bars close at 1 a.m., you can make the quick walk over to Moonrise and stay out for another two hours!

— Ally S., M1

Pin Up Bowl

6191 Delmar Blvd.

Pin-Up Bowl is a pretty chill bar/bowling alley with a great location: it’s on the Delmar Loop, so it’s just a few miles from the CWE and is nestled in with other nightlife spots like the Moonrise and the Pageant. For the night owls, Pin-Up is also located east of Skinker Boulevard, meaning that it can stay open until 3 a.m. (!) every night of the week, unlike the bars located west of Skinker just down the block. Although Pin-Up Bowl is fairly close to the Wash U Danforth Campus, in my experience the clientele tends to be a few years older, more heavily tattooed, and more relaxed/less loud. Plus, there’s bowling! It gives you something to do other than just drink and chat with your friends and little victories like an unexpected strike or spare become a cause for group celebration and/or trash talking. Overall, Pin-Up is low-key and can be pretty fun, particularly if you enjoy bowling (regardless of skill level) and/or occasionally running into musicians after their shows at the Pageant.

— Jeffery M., M1

Blueberry Hill

6504 Delmar Blvd.

Though first year is a great experience, there might be some times when what you really need is to throw some sharp objects at the wall. For those days, there is Blueberry Hill. In addition to playing darts over a pitcher of beer, you can go for dinner and check out the expansive collections of Simpsons or Beatles paraphernalia, play some arcade games, or just peruse the photos of the owner with hundreds of famous people who have visited this classic St. Louis destination. Though it’s not within walking distance like most bars and restaurants in the Central West End, it is on the famous Delmar Loop which is only a few minutes away and definitely worth the visit. Blueberry Hill is also host to many local artists. Notably, the monthly performance by the famous Chuck Berry (known as the Father of Rock and Roll) is definitely something you don’t want to miss.

— Emily M., M1