Westport Social – a new Westport Plaza venue featuring drinks, grub and a full-fledged gaming lounge – opened in September with an extensive beverage program and shareable plates.
The $5.5 million project comes from Lodging Hospitality Management together with Concentric Restaurants, which oversees Three Sixty, Boundary and Basso. Westport Social fills the 12,500-square-foot space previously occupied by Margarita Mama’s and Westport Ciné, with more than 200 seats throughout.
“It’s our own spin on classic games,” general manager Blaise Pastoret says. “There’s nothing like this in St. Louis.”
The interior features an industrial feel with vintage accents and finishes such as warm wood, exposed brick, metal and tin. Gaming options presented free on the main floor include darts, bocce ball, shuffleboard, foosball, pop-a-shot, table tennis and snookball (a cross between pool and soccer).
Sports fans should feel at home thanks to a variety of TV screens mounted throughout the lounge, broadcasting games seven days a week. Two second-story karaoke rooms fit up to 20 people each and feature state-of-the-art sound systems. In the kitchen, executive chef Chris Leith dishes plenty of small plates to fuel playful appetites.
“We offer elevated bar food with our own spin, and the menu is developed for sharing,” Pastoret says. “Same with our beverage program. Any craft beer is available in a growler, and we’re also doing house cocktails in carafes.”
Top-selling snacks so far include smoked wings with Calabrian Buffalo sauce, as well as burnt-end nachos with wonton chips, avocado crema, cheese sauce, Kalamata olives, banana peppers and bean pico. Other appetizer highlights include pork rinds with smoked cheddar and scallions; fried lobster ravioli with garlic pomodoro and lemon aioli; and flash-fried edamame – any one of which would make a perfect way to precede a performance of Sister’s Christmas Catechism from at Playhouse @ Westport.
Additional menu options include meat skewers, a kale salad, hand-tossed pizzas, tacos, sliders, entrées like baby back ribs and desserts such as funnel-cake straws served with coffee-vanilla anglaise.
Behind the bar, a three-pronged roster of drinks awaits. “We’re putting a lot of thought into what we have on the bar side,” Pastoret says. “I’m a level-two sommelier, and we have a certified cicerone in charge of our beer program. Kyle Mathis from Taste is our bar manager and curated the whole cocktail list.”
Guests can choose from a unique seasonal wine list and a rotating menu of 20 craft beers on tap. The cocktail menu features twists on classics, such as the Daisy with Milagro Silver tequila, green-chili vodka, passion fruit, guava and lime. Refreshing slushes include the Frozen Industry with Fernet-Branca, Génépy des Alpes, ginger beer and lime.
Westport Social, 910 Westport Plaza Drive, Maryland Heights, 314-548-2876, westportsocial-stl.com