Farewell to Bad Dog and Plush: Photos

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Dave Grelle of the Feed puts a bow on the final show at Plush. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER

Dr. Seuss once wrote, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." No offense to the Cat in the Hat author, but we're going to cry about Bad Dog Bar & Grill and Plush closing anyway. There are plenty of wonderful things happening on the St. Louis music scene right now, but losing these two venues is like a kick in the face.

Bad Dog and Plush both are dear to us here at RFT Music. Bad Dog has welcomed guests of every ilk, hosted some of the most locally and nationally recognized fetish contests and performances, and was one of our featured venues for punk music during the 2014 RFT Music Showcase. Likewise, Plush has brought in amazing touring artists, gave St. Louis musicians and comedians a great stage to showcase their talents, and featured one of the best sound engineers in the city (RIP, Mikey Teesdale).

Both bars ended their runs in style -- with memorable, booze-filled blowouts, of course. Plush called it quits on January 3, while Bad Dog's ownership ceased operations once its New Year's Eve celebration was in the books. But something is afoot that may help the Bad Dog bark in the future, so stay tuned! For now, check out a few of our favorite photos from the (presumably) final nights at each bar, and see more Bad Dog photos here and Plush photos here.

See also: - SLIDESHOW: Fetish Fun at the Bad Dog on New Year's Eve (NSFW) - SLIDESHOW: The Feed, Strange Owls, More Play Plush's Final Show

BAD DOG BAR & GRILL

This lady, um, really loves the Bad Dog. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
This was our New Year's Eve outfit, too. TWINSIES! See more photos here (but not of us). - BRYAN SUTTER
BAD PUPPY! BAD! See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
Unwrapping a post-holiday gift. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
We hope he has insurance. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER

On page two, see the final-night shenanigans at Plush!

PLUSH

The Vondrukes break it down. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
Beer first. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
We want some of whatever is making Strange Owls this joyful. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
Did you sign your favorite breast? See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER
Plush waves goodbye one more time with a performance from the Feed. See more photos here. - BRYAN SUTTER

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