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St Louis' Historic District "Soulard"

St Louis’ Historic District “Soulard”

Soulard, St Louis, Missouri

Soulard was named after the developer, Antoine Soulard who was a surveyor for the Spanish government in the 1790’s.

Obviously, it is one of the oldest communities in St Louis.  It is a residential neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars and home to corporate headquarters of an American favorite, Anheuser-Busch.

Many of Soulard area bars host live music featuring many blues and jazz bands.  It is home to the oldest Farmers Market, west of the Mississippi.  There are a few neighborhood groups that organize events and works toward keeping the neighborhood safe and clean.  We have discovered the Soulard Restoration Group and the Soulard Business Association.

Soulard is home to the oldest farmers market west of the Mississippi River.  It is unique and vibrant for shoppers from the St Louis area.  The Soulard Market has approximately 80+ vendors selling everything from home-grown produce, fresh meats, exotic spices, artisan cheeses, pets, fresh flowers and many hand made items.  A trip to Soulard Market resembles times from years ago with vendors selling their items and customers bargaining for the best price.  The Soulard Market is open year round, Wednesday through Saturday.  Soulard Market has a great little YouTube video that you will find fun.

Soulard is host to many events throughout the year including the St Louis Mardi Gras Festival, which attracts thousands of people to the neighborhood.  We have read that it is the second largest Mardi Gras Festival in the country.  There are parades and all types of events.  On the second Sunday prior to Mardi Gras, there is a family-oriented pet parade called “Krewe of Barkus.”  It features people and costumed pets.  On the Saturday evening prior to Fat Tuesday, the adult oriented “flesh-for-beads” parade occurs.

Upcoming events for 2014:

Events for 2015 are as follows:

  • January 6, 2015 – 12th Night
  • January 17 & 18, 2015 – Snowman Softball Tournament
  • January 30, 2015 – Beer, Whisky & Wine Taste
  • January 31, 2015 – Cajun Cook-Off
  • February 7, 2015 – 5K Run for Your Beads
  • February 7 & 8, 2015 – Taste of Soulard
  • February 8, 2015 – Beggin’ Pet Parade
  • February 8, 2015 – Wiener Dog Derby
  • February 13, 2015 – Mardi Gras Mayor’s Ball
  • February 14, 2015 – Bud Light Parade
  • February 14, 2015 – Bud Light Party Tent
  • February 17, 2015 – Fat Tuesday Parade

Souldard Neighborhood Bars & Restaurants

  • 1860’s Hardshell Café, 1860 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 231-1860
  • Bar 101, 1722 S Broadway, St Louis, MO (314) 223-6081
  • Bastille, 1027 Russell, St Louis, MO (314) 664-4408
  • Big Daddy’s, 1000 Sidney Street, St Louis, MO (314) 771-3066
  • Birdhouse, 800 S 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 214-9000
  • Bogarts, 1627-29 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 621-2107
  • Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 S Broadway, St Louis, MO (314) 621-8811
  • Carson’s, 1712 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 436-2707
  • Cat’s Meow, 2600 S 11th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 776-0161
  • Chava’s, 925 Geyer, St Louis, MO (314) 241-5503
  • Clementines’s, 2001-03 Menard, St Louis, MO (314) 664-7869
  • CUZ’, 1530 S 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 241-2400
  • D’s Place, 900 Barton, St Louis, MO (314) 773-1019
  • DB’s, 1615 S Broadway, St Louis, MO (314) 588-2141
  • EPIC Pizza & Subs, 1711 A South 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 436-3742
  • Franco, 1535 S 8th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 436-2500
  • Franklin’s Pub, 728 Lafayette, St Louis, MO (314) 285-9682
  • Great Grizzly Bear, 1027 Geyer, St Louis, MO (314) 231-0444
  • Hammerstone’s, 2028 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 773-5565
  • International Tap House, 1711 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 621-4333
  • Joanie’s Pizzeria, 2101 Menard, St Louis, MO (314) 865-1994
  • Joanie’s To Go, 804 Russell, St Louis, MO (314) 865-5800
  • John D. McGurks, 1200 Russell, St Louis, MO (314) 776-8309
  • Johnny’s, 1017 Russell, St Louis, MO (314) 865-0900
  • Kilroy’s, 720 S 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 620-4943
  • Llywelyn’s Soulard, 1732 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 436-3255
  • Molly’s Bar and Restaurant, 801-808 Geyer, St Louis, MO (314) 241-6200
  • Nadine’s Gin Joint, 1931 S 12th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 436-3045
  • The Porch, 1700 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 436-0282
  • Sassy Jacs, 1730 S 8th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 932-1280
  • The Shanti, 825 Allen, St Louis, MO (314) 241-4772
  • Sonny’s, 1026 Geyer, St Louis, MO (314) 588-1464
  • Soulard Coffee Garden, 910 Geyer, St Louis, MO (314) 241-1464
  • Soulard Gyro and Deli, 2022 S 12th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 241-1235
  • Soulard Social House, 1551 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 241-3023
  • Soulard’s Restaurant, 1731 S 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 241-7956
  • Soulard Sweet Treats, 1705 S 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 241-1235
  • South Broadway Athletic Club, 2301 S 7th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 776-4833
  • Sweet Divine, 1801 S 9th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 942-2900
  • Truemans, 1818 Sidney, St Louis, MO (314) 865-5900
  • Tucker’s Place, 2117 S 12th Street, St Louis, MO (314) 772-5977

Soulard is a great area to visit, eat and drink.  The people are friendly, most of them live right in the neighborhood.

More great resources about Soulard:

This article was originally posted on September 27, 2014 and republished on February 14, 2015.