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  BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
700 South Broadway, St. Louis, Mo. | 314-436-5222

BB's Jazz, Blues and SoupsThe 700 South Broadway building which houses BB's was known as Phil's hotel as late as 1969 and has a colorful past. Since it's original construction in the mid-1800's, in an area then known as "Frenchtown"with a further 3 story addition at the turn of the century, the location has been used as a home, boarding house, reception hall, mercantile, millinery, transient hotel, bar, diner, and a House of Ill Repute with 37 rooms between its 2nd and 3rd floors. BB's, the St. Louis Blues and Jazz nightclub, was originally started in 1976 by Bob Burkhardt and Mark O'Shaughnessy. This first incarnation ran well into 1977. Typical Burkardtian woodworks, funky antiques, wood burning stove and art posters punctuated the busy eclectic atmosphere. In music, BB's jazz, Blues and Soups ruled. But alas, the first BB's closed a little over a year and a half from when it started.

A new business structure was created from 1980-81 for BB's second incarnation. BB's reopened and once more became a vital force in the St. Louis music scene, this time bringing Jazz artists like Earl Hines, Betty Carter, James Moody and Eddie Harris to the St. Louis marketplace as well as returning Blues favorites like Henry Townsend, Roosevelt Sykes, Yank Rachell & Sunnyland Slim to its stage.

Once again the popularity of the Blues was still far from what it is today, and BB's took a hiatus as a keeper of the alternative music flame. Fifteen years would intervene. On June 15th, 1996, BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups opened for the third time as a Jazz & Blues Nightclub & Restaurant. BB's is able to seat 150 people, and in the future there are plans to have the 2nd floor to have the second floor open for further gallery seating and dining (up to a 350 person seating capacity). There are plans for the addition of a music walk of fame (St. Louis Music Milestones) of sidewalk inlaid plaques, with musicians hand prints and historical legends for the building's outdoor perimeter so that we may honor musicians who have lent their names to St. Louis' Music History.

We currently offer French Beignets and our famous coffee for breakfast. Lunch starts at 11:30 am (Mon.-Fri.) featuring St. Louis style homecooked and health concious cuisine. Dinner is available Monday through Friday, and we prepare barbeque in front of our establishment during the Cardinal baseball season home games. Every night our full menu is available until at least midnight (2am on Friday and Saturday nights) and we offer a variety of specialty drinks & liquors, including a large assortment of domestic and imported Beers until 3am.

We're a new company that's been around for a long time. We're brimming with enthusiasm. We're stoked about our staff, and City's music and culture, the food, the drinks, the artworks, the memorabilia, and the whole overall operation. We hope that you'll like BB's too, even for the third time...... Mark O'Shaughnessy

BB's Merchandise Available

BB's Denim Shirts (Medium/Large/Xl) $40.00
BB's Henleys (Medium/Large/Xl) $25.00
BB's T-Shirts (Small/Medium/Large/Xl) $18.00
BB's Monogrammed Berets (Black/Navy) $20.00
St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Caps $12.00

Voted #1 Jazz And Blues Nightclub In The Riverfront Times Annual Best Of St. Louis Reader's Poll. Visit BB's Website

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