Don’t Smoke Weed On The Patio: Tropical Liqueurs

The warm welcome we received at Tropical Liqueurs curiously morphed into explicit instructions not to smoke weed on the patio. Then, with a wave of his hand, the gentleman sent us inside with a cheerful, “Have fun!”

We giggled as we heard him repeat this same greeting to everyone behind us. An establishment that has to work this rule into their greeting must have had quite the problem with people smoking weed on the patio.

Ever since I heard that Tropical Liqueurs opened a store in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood this past August, I wanted to go. Call it curiosity, or something. An entire bar whose offerings are composed of swirling slurpee machines filled with a rainbow of house-made alcoholic concoctions; what wasn’t there to be curious about?

Most know what raspberry lemonade and a Long Island Iced Tea taste like, but the names Tiger Paw, Silver Bullet and Voodoo Brew leave one with little clues.

The hilarious and sad thing about our first Tropical Liqueurs experience was ordering our Voodoo Brew while Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Hold My Hand” blasted over the sound system and finding ourselves the oldest folks hanging out on the patio.

Getting old is weird.


Voodoo Brew tastes like banana and bubblegum. We sipped and shivered outside in the cold until we could take it no more.

Tropical Liqueurs’ motto is, “Where it’s always 85 degrees and sunny” which seems to be the law of the land here. There’s really not much room to chill inside by the bar (no pun intended), so you probably need to take your drink and go. *Addition: There’s plenty of seating upstairs. Thanks @nancerdancer

The evening dipped into the 40’s, but this didn’t stop anyone from hanging out on the patio and balcony living like it was 85 degrees and sunny. Also, we couldn’t leave the patio. Not with our drink, anyway. The employee sitting at the back exit conveniently reminded people who forgot.

The next time we visit Tropical Liqueurs, we’re going to remember we can mix different flavors. A handy chart on the wall by the bar lists prices and each size’s approximate strength. For example small ($4) has 2-3 shots. We split a medium.

Just as you’re never too old for pita pizzas, Hootie, or french toast sticks, you’re also never too old to get a kick out of neon slushies.

With a little love, and some tenderness
We’ll walk upon the water
We’ll rise above this mess


  1. Beth Ann Chiles

    I can honestly say I have never heard of this type of place but hey—I am way older than you and not nearly as hip. I hope you and the hubby abided by the “no smoking weed on the patio” rule. Goodness. Obviously an issue if it had to be repeated time and time again. 🙂

  2. Mary

    I would love to experience this. Sounds….. Interesting. 😉

  3. Katy F

    I have never heard of anything like this that wasn’t homemade! LOL! I’m not sure bubblegum & banana mix, but hey…I might be surprised! Sounds like a fun date-night though!

  4. Janice

    I’m so old I remember bars like this the first time around so I’m guessing this is a recycle! Anyway, love that you are getting to places I haven’t gone to yet! But this one, I’ll save for a warm day!

    • Jeni

      It would be so refreshing on a warm day. The slushies remained very thick and difficult to sip out of the straw when it was chilly out.

  5. Donna Hup

    This reminds me of Fogarty’s in Key West. They have a full wall of frozen alcoholic slurpees. The only difference is you could really take them to go and walk around the island.

    • Jeni

      We have weird open container laws here-I think it’s legal to take open beverages into a car as a passenger. I have seen people pile into taxis holding beers. However, I guess you aren’t allowed to take a beverage from a restaurant out if it’s open. I have no idea. It’s weird.

  6. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids

    I have never heard of anything like this before! Interesting idea that I can see of interest to beach bums and people smoking weed… so I understand the welcome at the front door. 😉

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