Soulard (soo-lard) is a historic French neighborhood in St. Louis. It is named after Antoine Soulard who first began to develop the land, and was surveyor for the Spanish government and a refugee from the French Revolution in the 1790s.
It is a residential neighborhood filled with bars and pubs, among other businesses and is one of the oldest communities in the city. Many of the homes there date back to the mid to late 1800s. It is home to the Lemp Mansion, which has been called by Life Magazine as one of the most haunted places in America. Soulard is a thriving, eclectic area, and is home to the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the Midwest. It is also home to a popular Soulard Farmers' Market, and the world headquarters of Anheuser-Busch.
Restaurants and Bars
- Soulard is host to the 2nd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world (see Mardi Gras)
- "un soûlard" means "a drunk" in French
The general area of Soulard: <googlemap lat="38.601847" lon="-90.20256" zoom="13" width="700" controls="large">38.602001, -90.206662, Soulard, St. Louis, MO, USA</googlemap>