In Our Radius: A Spotlight on the Grove
by Leigh Maibes
Since the 1980s, continued community investment has turned The Grove into a thriving cultural center. Here are some of our favorite neighborhood highlights.
Once a thriving commercial district, The Grove, which encompasses a section of Manchester Avenue and the surrounding area, has experienced a true renaissance since a period of decline in the 1960s. Residents — and especially the LGBTQ community —- have since worked one storefront at a time to reinvent The Grove as a major cultural destination. The neighborhood is now known for its welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, and vibrant nightlife.
If you’re searching for your first apartment or home, The Grove presents an unmatched combination of convenience and cool. The following list is just a small sample of what the neighborhood has to offer:
Every October, local residents hold the beloved Grove Fest, celebrating their community with food and drink from local restaurants, live music, and a variety of street performances. Throughout the day, local artists and vendors display and sell their works as visitors contribute to the paint-by-numbers mural, a popular local tradition. Even if you’re new to the neighborhood, you’ll feel right at home here.
The Grove Criterium
Though it’s only an hour long, the Grove Criterium cycling race is one of the neighborhood’s summer highlights. Hundreds of St. Louis’ best cyclists pack the streets for the race, hoping to break through the crowd and emerge victorious. Spectators watch as competitors quickly overtake each other, making it impossible to determine the victor until the very end. If you’re not an avid cyclist but still want to participate, there’s a far tamer 2K race around the same track in the early morning.
The Transgender Memorial Garden
The Transgender Memorial Garden opened in 2015 and stands as the country’s first memorial to transgender victims of violence. Since its dedication, the garden has become a rallying ground for the city’s LGBTQ community, hosting regular gatherings and vigils. Neighborhood residents can get involved by volunteering or simply joining the drop-in yoga classes on Saturdays. Graced with trees and plants native to Missouri — including perennial wildflowers that attract butterflies — the garden is a peaceful and welcoming sanctuary for all.
Famous for its generous portions and excellent live music, the Gramophone is widely regarded as one of the city’s best spots for late-night eats. Adventurous eaters and drinkers can tackle its savory sandwiches such as the Mississippi Nights Club or towering drinks like the Bloody Island, a Bloody Mary topped with half of a homemade roast beef sandwich. Others can enjoy a game of darts and pool while watching their friends feast.
Locals come to HandleBar for its wide selection of craft beers, Russian-influenced cuisine, and weekly dance parties. It’s especially popular with members of St. Louis’ tight-knit cycling community, who enjoy stopping by for a refreshing lager or two after a long ride. Residents looking for an entertaining evening can also drop in for Drag Bingo — yes, it’s bingo with drag queens — on Wednesdays.
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The Monocle isn’t your typical nightclub. Billing itself as “an all-inclusive classy dive bar,” this modern-day speakeasy offers quality cocktails, the finest jazz in the city, and captivating cabaret every night from Thursday to Sunday. With a wide selection of beers and wines to boot, there’s something here for everyone.
City Greens Market
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This nonprofit grocery store is changing how St. Louis eats by sourcing and selling local, healthy, and affordable food. City Greens runs on a co-op model, which allows them to sell produce at its wholesale cost while covering overhead expenses with membership fees. Its sliding scale for these fees ensures that the store can stay in business while granting access to lower-income households and individuals. The market also runs a community garden, where it hosts cooking classes for children and adults.
Now’s the time to move in and take advantage of everything The Grove has to offer. Contact one of our real estate specialists today and start the search for your next home!