Posted by Tom Knapp at St. Louis on the Cheap (for maps see original):
“Cheap” is certainly a relative term when it comes to alcoholic beverages. To some it means a bottle of MD 20/20. To others it means mass market “beer.” And so on and so forth. In any case, popular demand (yes, really) decrees that I put up some advisories on booze as Libertarians begin arriving in St. Louis for their 2010 national convention. Some will be celebrating, some will be drowning their sorrows; either way, most will have at least a drink or three.
The first avenue of recourse is obviously the Grand Lobby Bar at the convention venue, the Renaissance Grand & Suites. I drank there a year ago. A reasonably large draft mug of a reasonably good beer (Fat Tire) ran $6. That probably isn’t going to break the bank, but I’m not sure it’s “cheap.”
If you want to get really cheap, then you’re probably going to head for a liquor store and buy your beer in bulk, your wine by the bottle, or ingredients to mix your own cocktails. It’s a 5-minute walk from the hotel to Bussone’s Wine & Spirits.
The only cheaper way to drink than that is to haunt the hospitality suites of candidates for party office. And I’m sure you will.
Here’s a Google Maps rundown of “bars near the convention hotel.” Looks like the maximum walking range is 10-12 minutes.
I’m only going to offer one specific bar tip: Morgan Street Brewery. It’s a local microbrewery with a nice selection of very good beers, good food and the full range of non-beer beverage offerings. It’s a 10-12 minute walk from the hotel … and if you’re there, you’re in the upscale Laclede’s Landing bar district, which means that you’re within a one-minute walk of a number of nice places to drink.
Morgan Street and the other Laclede’s Landing establishments aren’t “cheap,” nor are they close enough to pop out for a beer between delegate sessions. On the other hand, the food is usually reasonably priced, the beer variety is attractive, and it’s just a nice place to be (it’s St. Louis’s “revitalized” 200-year-old commercial district, with cobblestone streets and such — and yes, horse-drawn carriage transport is available). I suggest heading out on Friday or Saturday night for dinner and drinks in this area, and expecting to spend $20-$30 for a good meal and two or three beers.
And for any casual IPR readers who don’t already know, LPHQ’s official press release on the convention:
WASHINGTON – The Libertarian Party (LP) will hold its National Convention in St. Louis from Saturday, May 29, through Monday, May 31.
The convention will take place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis. The press is welcome to attend.
Information about the convention, including the schedule, is available at the convention website. The convention has been titled "Gateway to Liberty."
Additional meetings and related events will occur on May 27 and 28.
Unlike the Democratic and Republican parties, the Libertarian Party holds a national convention every two years. At this convention, delegates from around the country will be amending the party’s platform and bylaws, and will elect officers and other members to the Libertarian National Committee.
One of the highlights of the convention will be the hotly contested election to replace outgoing Chairman William Redpath. Five Libertarians have declared their candidacies in that race.
Redpath commented, "We’re seeing tremendous voter antipathy toward the Democratic and Republican parties. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Libertarian Party."
Currently, there are 632 Libertarian candidates declared for the November 2 elections, including 172 candidates for U.S. Congress. A list of candidates may be viewed here.
Among the speakers at the convention will be Bob Barr, the LP’s 2008 presidential nominee.
For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.
The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets and civil liberties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.