In a town with as many blues enthusiasts as St. Louis, the question of which blues club is best can be a topic of spirited discussion. Last year's "Best Blues Club" winner Beale on Broadway remains a strong contender for the honor, for all the reasons cited in its 2011 entry. But for 2012, the nod returns once again to its across-the-street neighbor (and previous multiple winner of this award), BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups. Both venues inhabit historic brick buildings that ooze atmosphere, and both offer a first-rate selection of local and touring performers. This year, however, we reckon that BB's more varied schedule of musical acts, greater year-round seating capacity and full-service kitchen help to tip the scales in its favor, though we suspect that the discussion centered at the corner of South Broadway and Cerre Street will be going for some time to come.
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