Graham used to work at the Chocolate bar for years which was next to 33. Or actually, 33 became to be known as the bar next to the “Chocolate Bar” He found this somewhere in St. Louis and was kind enough to sell it to us at a fair price for our bar.
Our old brick city has very deep roots and this map from 1867 is a testament to the amount of people who resided in St. Louis during the 1800’s.
Holt street wasn’t even in existence yet but you can clearly see where Chippewa and Gravois give way to the area that will eventually become the Grand Oak Hill Neighborhood which is now for the most part known as Tower Grove South.
This map is now hanging between our two standing tables on the first floor. It’s worth it to take a look and think about all the people that passed through our city. They continued to pass through our city for many many years. Then they started passing out in our city and prohibition hit.
Then some other things happened and people didn’t just pass through our city they downright high tailed it out of there.
But that isn’t the case anymore and if a few more things go our way the City of St. Louis will continue to thrive exponentially.
My favorite part of this map is the bloody island located in the mighty Mississippi. The island was used as the location of duels. That’s right... good ole fashioned gun fights. Seems one of the ways to solve differences back then was a gun fight and social class wasn’t an indication of who would partake. Some of the most famous gunfights involved high level government employees and respected members of society.
I guess this gave rise to dueling banjos and then dueling pianos. Which then gave rise to thumb wars and Rock Paper Scissors.
Safe to say we are getting a bit more civilized.
Hello earthlings. I have been sent here to open a brewery. I hope you have time over the next year to check in from time to time and see our progress (or lack there of at times).
Morning beer delivery at Tynan’s Bridge House Bar in Kilkenny, Ireland.