Welcome to Old Town Bay St. Louis!
Mississippi Gulf Coast
Our authentic character, historic buildings, and friendly folks are just a few of the reasons why Budget Travel Magazine named us one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" in April 2013. And Coastal Living Magazine named Bay St. Louis one of the top ten small beach towns in the country in 2010! Explore Old Town using the menu above - or check out quick links to individual merchants below. Come play for a day, you may want to stay!
Our April Second Saturday "Hot SpotS"
stays "Hot" all month!
100 Men Hall
303 Union Street
228 - 342 - 5770
100 Men Hall has an exciting history as a social anchor for the African-American community and as a hopping blues club on the fabled “Chitlin’ Circuit” in the mid 1900’s. Yet the building would surely have been demolished after Hurricane Katrina if not for the Herculean efforts of owners Kerrie and Jessie Loya.
The couple learned about the decrepit building’s legendary past, understood its significance to the community, and fell in love. Their passion led them to tackle a several year restoration project and reopen the venue to host top music acts.
The building is now a popular stop on the official Mississippi Blues Trail and has seen a big growth in visitors from across the country and Europe. It’s one of the few surviving historic buildings on the Trail - most of the markers are where venues used to stand.
In the past year. the Loyas and their building have caught the eye of several network producers. HGTV's "You Live in What?" featured the Loyas and the episode is scheduled to air in June.
The Hall was also the site for a pop-up restaurant (The Big Sleazy Speakeasy) and the event was filmed for Canadian Travel&Escape show, The Illegal Eater, hosted by Steven Page (Bare Naked Ladies frontman). The show has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Esquire Network and should air in the U.S. later this year.
On June 7, catch for the annual 100 Men Hall fund raiser, The Blues Bash. And the Loyas say that soon two major headliners will be appearing there, hinting that “one is a famous movie and television actor who has an awesome band!”
On Second Saturday, “Homemade Jamz” blues band will be performing at the hall, starting at 8pm. Tickets are available at the door for $22. Advance tickets can be purchased online at: www.100mendbahall.org or by calling 228.342.5770.