by Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2016
Feel the pulse of African, Brazilian, Latin, reggae and other world music on the dance floor at Club Viva!, a colorful, friendly basement venue where you can take a free salsa lesson, sip a mojito, and snack on tacos and quesadillas.
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Avoid the Arch at Your Own Risk
Yes, it's practically mandatory that all visitors to St. Louis go see the 632-foot-high Gateway Arch, said to be the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. You can ride to the top as well as enjoy the surrounding 90 acres, currently undergoing a revamp. When the CityArchRiver project wraps up next summer, the site will have new bike paths and performance venues, a renovated museum and more.

 Park Pleasure
The city's landmark Forest Park dates from 1876 and spans 1,300 verdant acres in the heart of town. Go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or visit the Saint Louis Art Museum or the Saint Louis Zoo. Check in with for special events.  

 Eat, Drink and Be Stuffed  
In historic Lafayette Square, SqWires Restaurant serves classic American fare in a repurposed Victorian-era factory complex. Tuesdays are a festival of small plates, while Fridays' happy hours feature fresh-shucked oysters and steamed jumbo shrimp. Pick from a copious á la carte menu for Saturday or Sunday brunch, which starts at 8 a.m.

 Steins of the Times
Nestled in the historic Soulard neighborhood, the Budweiser Brewery has witnessed more than 150 years worth of beer making by Anheuser-Busch. Take a free look-see, or do the $10 tour that also visits the Budweiser Clydesdale Stables.
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