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The CWE’s 4th Annual Cocktail Party hit all the right notes

There was something for everyone at the 4th Annual CWE Cocktail Party which took place on Saturday, June 8. There was a bubble machine, and hula hoops, and 50 kinds of cotton candy for the kids. Music was provided by The Dust Covers, below, followed by The Rockin’ Fools who performed on the stage at the south end of Euclid, while Jesse Gannon and Disco Nation entertained on the main stage at the north end of the street.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

And there was lots going on in between:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Judges for the annual “Best Bartender in the City Contest,” top photo, came from Sauce Magazine, 4 Hands Brewing Company, and the Central West End Association. Also participating were KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos, and local blogger, Whitney in the City.  Tyler Baublitz, the mixologist at The Midwestern (downtown) was named the winner; second place went to Bar Italia’s Phil Vallacis.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Mayor Lyda Krewson and husband Mike Owens, top photo, were there, as was 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro and husband  John Zokovitch.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

From top left, Kate Haher, Executive Director of the CWE North Community Improvement District, which produced the event. Some of the restaurants that participated were Drunken Fish, above right, Taste of Lebanon, lower left, and Mary Ann’s Tearoom, lower right.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Flame throwers performed with Disco Nation at the north end of the festival zone, until the fires went out and the crowd jumped in to party.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

 

Perhaps the best feature of this annual event is the wonderful mix of people from all over St. Louis who come out each year to enjoy an evening in the CWE.

Thanks to the CWE North CID and this year’s generous sponsors: 1220 Spirits, Washington University Medical Center, Straub’s, Sauce, Busey Bank, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Michelob Ultra, Four Roses Bourbon, and Brake Landscaping,

After 2+ years of ups & downs, the arcade bar opens Friday

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Up-Down STL McPherson STL Josh Ivey Joey Akers Jack Grone

Two-plus years after Josh Ivey and Joey Akers introduced their plans to the public for an arcade bar in the former Herbie’s location at 405 N. Euclid, Up-Down will finally host its grand opening this Friday, June 14.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Up-Down STL McPherson STL Josh Ivey Joey Akers Jack Grone

The photo above was taken late last week as finishing touches were being put in place in preparation for Friday’s opening.

By the time the doors open, 60 vintage video games and pinball machines from the ’80s and ’90s will be situated on two floors in the 7,500 s.f. venue.  Up-Down will have 3 bars offering 60 craft beers and cocktails, plus a simple menu. The renovation includes a large outdoor patio.

The first Up-Down arcade bar opened in 2013 in Des Moines. Three other locations followed, including Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.

Alluding perhaps to the controversy surrounding Up-Down initiated by nearby neighbors who opposed the project, co-owners Josh Ivey and Joey Akers said in a recent press release that they “plan to be a positive part of the Central West End for many years to come.”

Up-Down, 405 N. Euclid, Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Up-Down is for ages 21 and up.

On a somewhat related note, i.e. referring to the age group that I presume will be Up-Down’s main demographic, I encourage you to read Jack Grone’s recent piece for McPherson STL titled The Emerging City of St. Louis: Smaller, Younger, Better Educated, Why young adults are prime ingredients in the city’s demographic stew?

Grone, a CWE-based journalist, is brilliant at digging into local issues that other news outlets aren’t following, and making sense of charts and graphs that would usually make my head hurt. It’s well worth following him on Twitter, or get on his distribution list here.

A toast to 2019’s Rose Day

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Yellowbelly Shake Shack Rose Day Michael Powers   If you were out and about in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon May 4th, you had to have noticed that there was a large party going on. The sidewalks were packed with 1500 people participating in Rosé Day, a benefit for 12 non-profits dedicated to empowering women and girls in the St. Louis area. The partnering organizations were stationed at 10 different locations (see map here) where attendees could gather information and sample an assortment of rosés.

Rosé Day co-founders Michael Powers, above left, and Jim Barnthouse, right, reported that this year’s crowd was twice as large as last year’s inaugural event.  Also photographed is volunteer Chico Weber, middle.

Two CWE restaurants, Yellowbelly and Shake Shack. dedicated a portion of the day’s sales to two of the non-profits. Shake Shack contributed over $1,300 to Safe Connections, and Yellowbelly supported Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.
Photographs below are courtesy of the Rosé Day organization.
Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Yellowbelly Shake Shack Rose Day Michael Powers

The event was a boon for CWE businesses such as Provisions STL, above, which was packed with customers all afternoon.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Yellowbelly Shake Shack Rose Day Michael Powers

If you missed this year’s event, be sure to watch for info about May 2020’s Rosé Day.  Organizers are already in the planning stages.