The latest addition to The Grove offers cocktails, draft beer, snacks and sandwiches, all set to a funky playlist. The Get Down opened on Nov. 27 featuring a playful environment decorated with damask and equipped with a small selection of games for guests to enjoy.
The concept comes from brothers Joe and Tony Collins along with Eric Kopsky. The St. Louis natives have all spent time working in the local hospitality industry, most recently serving in various roles at Start Bar downtown. Joe, who has a hotel and restaurant management degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, got the team together for the new venture.
“We wanted to have a bar with a funky, chill vibe,” Joe says, explaining that the concept’s name comes from lyrics of The Floozies’ song, ‘Nothing To Lose.’ “It’s a neighborhood bar with a retro throwback feel where people can come in and relax with a freshly made cocktail and some really good food.”
The 1,800-square-foot space, which features seats for 50, previously housed America’s Tavern. Renovations included refinishing the floors, booths and bar as well as repainting the ceiling and installing pendant lighting. The logo’s purple and green colors are highlighted throughout the room, which features a purplish damask-print wallpaper prominently.
Amusements on hand include bubble hockey, foosball and board games like Guess Who? and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, which are set up on a table to encourage visitors to partake in over some food and drinks.
“I did the food menus, and the other two collaborated on the cocktail menu,” Joe says. “We always wanted to have cocktails be at the forefront and supplement it with food. The fruit’s all cut to order, and we use fresh garnishes. The food is from scratch as well.”
From the bar, choose from a rotating selection of 10 draft beers as well as eight different specialty cocktails. The latter includes popular picks such as She Bad with Hendrick’s gin, St. Germain, house sour mix, mint and ginger beer. A cinnamon-maple Old Fashioned is another crowd favorite so far with Four Roses bourbon, cinnamon maple syrup and angostura bitters.
Highlights from the food menu include Krabby Crab Puffs, a family dish that Joe and Tony’s mother makes on Christmas Eve. The handheld snack features housemade horseradish cheese spread over an English muffin topped with seasoned crab.
Joe also uses his mother’s recipe for red sauce, featuring it in items such as a cheesy meatball sub with hand-rolled meatballs and mozzarella. Another popular pick from the board of fare so far is the Chicka Chicka Philly with griddled chicken, peppers, onions, provolone cheese and jalapeño cream cheese on a hoagie.
Going forward, Joe hopes to incorporate additional small plates and sides such as an ahi tuna dish and wonton chip nachos. Happy hour is currently available weekdays from 4 to 6pm featuring half-off drafts and half-off selected cocktails and food.
The Get Down is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm to 1:30am and Sunday from 4pm to midnight.
The Get Down, 1449 S. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 314.899.0722, thegetdownstl.com