4 spots to dine and drink during the total solar eclipse

Only one week remains before the total solar eclipse occurs around 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. In case you somehow missed the memo, St. Louis and the surrounding area finds itself in the direct path of a solar eclipse for the first time in more than 500 years. Many viewing parties around town sold out weeks ago, but some area events are still open to the public. Grab your eclipse glasses and schedule a long lunch for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

1. UCBC Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Grab a cold one to enjoy this astronomical event with Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Catch live music, grilled brats and hot dogs and ice cold UCBC cans at the party on the east lawn at The Grove location. Arrive early to get your hands on a pair of free viewing glasses.
Noon to 3 p.m. – Urban Chestnut The Grove Brewery & Bierhall, 4465 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com

2. Totality: St. Louis Solar Eclipse Viewing Experience
Make the most of the eclipse at the Chesterfield Amphitheater with live entertainment, games, educational presentations and more. Shamrocks Pub N’ Grill provides drinks, and area food trucks wheel in the grub. Grab fare from Pi on the Spot, Half Baked, Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill and Taco Truck STL. Tickets available online and include viewing glasses, a wristband and a tote bag.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive, Chesterfield, 636.812.9500, totalitymo2017.com

3. Total Solar Eclipse Picnic on the Hill
Stone Hill Winery hosts a picnic event for eclipse enthusiasts. Prepared boxed lunches are sold out, but guests can pack a picnic and purchase wine, beer and Kosmic wine slushies. Bring your blanket and head to Hermann to watch this rare event. Viewing glasses are offered while supplies last. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, 573.486.2221, stonehillwinery.com

4. Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration
If a mere minute or so of blackout just won’t do, then rise and shine and drive to Logboat Brewing Co., in Columbia, Missouri, where the city will experience a total eclipse for a lengthy two-and-a-half minutes. Don’t miss the release of Moon Speck, an eclipse-appropriate American black ale, and food at this free event.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Logboat Brewing Co., 504 Fay St., Columbia, 573.397.6786, Facebook: Total Eclipse of the Heart Celebration 

Caitlin Lally is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.