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We are located one block south of Busch Stadium in Downtown Saint Louis, MO.
Join us for dinner and drinks when visiting the Ballpark or purchase a table for a night of world-class entertainment. We feature only the highest caliber of local St. Louis talent, with frequent national touring acts rounding out 7-nights of music a week.
To reserve guaranteed seating, you must purchase a table online for you and your group. General Admission tickets are available for select shows but do NOT guarantee a table OR seating, but we will do our best. We can accommodate a range of 2–20 people for dinner, drinks, and live music.
BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups
“We imagine that you’d like to know a little bit about BB’s. Who we are, what we do, and a brief history of the building which houses BB’s.”
The 700 South Broadway building which houses BB’s was known as Phil’s Hotel as late as 1969 and has a very colorful past. Since its original construction in the mid-1800s, in an area then known as “Frenchtown” with a further 3 story addition at the turn of the century, the location has been used as a home, boarding house, reception hall, mercantile, millinery, transient hotel, bar, diner, and a house of ill repute with 37 rooms between the 2nd and 3rd floors.
BB’s, the St. Louis Jazz & Blues Nightclub was originally started in 1976 by Bob Burkhardt and Mark O’Shaughnessy. This first incarnation ran well into 1977. Typical Burkardtian woodworks, funky antiques, wood-burning stove, and art posters punctuated the busy eclectic atmosphere.
In music, Blues, Jazz, and Rhythm & Blues ruled. But alas, the first BB’s drew to a close a little over a year and a half from when it started.
A new business structure was created from 1980-’81 for BB’s second incarnation. BB’s reopened and once again became a vital force in the St. Louis music scene, this time bringing Jazz artists like Earl Hines, Betty Carter, James Moody, and Eddie Harris to the St. Louis marketplace as well as returning Blues favorites like Henry Townsend, Roosevelt Sykes, Yank Rachell & Sunnyland Slim to its stage.
On June 15, 1996, BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups Inc. reopened for the third time as a Jazz & Blues Nightclub and Restaurant. BB’s was able to seat about 150 people. In 2006 construction began to develop the 2nd floor for further gallery seating overlooking the stage for dining (essentially doubling the previous capacity) and the addition of a New Orleans style balcony and garden patio on the Northside of the building provides outdoor patio seating (in season) with a view of significant St. Louis landmarks.
There are plans in the works for the addition of a music walk of fame (St. Louis Music Milestones) of inlaid sidewalk plaques with historical legends for the building’s outdoor perimeter so that we may honor those musicians who have lent their names to St. Louis’ Music History and Fame.
Once again the popularity of the Blues was still far from what it is today and BB’s took a hiatus as a keeper of the alternative music flame. Fifteen years would intervene.
Dinner is available 7 nights a week, and we prepare award-winning smoked barbeque every week in front of our establishment and during the Cardinal baseball season home games. Every night our full menu is available until at least midnight offering a variety of specialty drinks, wines & liquors, including a large assortment of domestic and imported beers until 3 am.
We hope that you’ll like BB’s too, even if you’re here for the third time…”
Mark O’Shaughnessy | Co-founder of BB’s Jazz, Blues, & Soups