Rec Hall Armory rendering

A rendering of the Armory building, where Rec Hall will open in 2021. 

Rec Hall is returning to St. Louis city.

Rec Hall, which started last year as the pop-up bar Recess in The Grove, will be the lead tenant in the renovation of the historic Armory building in the Midtown neighborhood. The concept is a bar that features lawn and tailgating games, among other things. This comes shortly after the announcement of Rec Hall opening a location in St. Charles sometime this month. 

The project is a partnership with Green Street St. Louis, who also owned the building that Recess originally popped up in last year. Initially, the space will be 80,000 square feet and offer cornhole, bocce ball, ping pong, retro video games and giant Jenga, among other things. In addition, Rec Hall also plans to host leagues for soccer, pickleball, darts, ping pong and more from the location. 

"[With] the visual aesthetics and history of the Armory, its central location near St. Louis University and the new City Foundry Development, along with the size and variety of activities provided, Rec Hall believes this venue will become a central gathering point for a wide demographic of people," Rec Hall co-owner Luke Wade said in the release. 

The new location also includes a full kitchen, allowing for a future restaurant concept, along with a full bar, stage and multiple private event spaces. A 25,000-square-foot rooftop bar and a tennis hall of fame are also expected to be added to the building down the line.  

Rec Hall is expected to open in summer of 2021. 

Rec Hall, rec-hall.com