America has many holidays, but nary a one in honor of a poet (Martin Luther King, Jr. is perhaps as close as we get on that point). Scotland, however, reserves January 25 to celebrate Robert Burns. He wrote of best-laid plans gone awry, of great wars and of our equality as people, regardless of our differences. Special dinners around the nation tonight honor his memory. Here in St. Louis, Burns' Night takes place at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; www.schlafly.com). Tom Schlafly will read a poem of his own composition to mark the occasion at 6 p.m., right after pipers escort kegs of Scotch Ale to the bar. Duddy Breeks plays live music in the Club Room starting at 7 p.m., and the menu will offer a host of filling Scottish delights. Admission is free.
Price: free admission