While downtown Springfield has been under a transformation of growth for businesses and residents over the last decade, the city’s southside has also progressed in its own right. A visit to Springfield isn’t complete without exploring the eateries, unique entertainment venues and happening nightspots in this progressive district.

The Republic Road corridor has perhaps seen the most growth over the last few years and we’ve got the “411” on where to go and what to do.

Arris’ Pizza

 

Arris' Pizza in Springfield, Missouri.

Arris’ Pizza has been a Jefferson City, Missouri, landmark for decades and since its arrival on Republic Road in Springfield in the late 1990s, it has grown quite the local following. Known for its Greek-style pizza, Arris’ is the place to go for a different, delicious take on pizza. It’s also a favorite of Springfield native Brad Pitt when he visits the city.

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

 

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant in Springfield, Missouri.

There’s nothing like an authentic taste of India on Springfield’s southside. Taj Mahal offers the most extensive Indian lunch buffet and dinner menu in the city featuring authentic Indian dishes. Whether you are vegetarian or gluten-free, the buffet will leave you wowed with traditional Indian cuisine.

Uncle Bentlys Pub

 

Uncle Bentlys Pub in Springfield, Missouri.

Uncle Bentleys has been a staple on Republic Road for over 35 years. It’s one of those places you go where everybody knows your name and is welcoming to locals and visitors alike. This full service neighborhood bar features plenty of room, billiards, shuffleboard and a heated patio.

Dublin’s Pass Irish Pub & Restaurant

 

Dublin's Pass Irish Pub & Restaurant in Springfield, MIssouri.

The atmosphere, drinks and traditional Irish fare at Dublin’s work together to make you feel as if you’ve made the trip over the pond to Ireland itself. They offer traditional Guinness beer on tap and combine it with a number of delicious drink on the Guinness menu. The Black & Brown, Guinness mixed with Root Beer, is a fan favorite.

Galloway Station Bar & Grill

 

Galloway Station Bar & Grill in Springfield, Missouri.

Galloway Station offers up traditional bar food with a real home cooked feel. Their burgers are thick and juicy and their draft beer selection offers a bit of everything. There’s also plenty of room in Galloway Station to kick back, relax and enjoy family and friends.

Frida Mexican Cuisine & Bar

 

Frida Mexican Cuisine & Bar in Springfield, Missouri

Frida serves up traditional Mexican dishes, mouthwatering margaritas and an array of mixed cocktails. They’ve become famous for the Chimichangas and sizzling platters of fajitas!

The Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

 

The Backlot at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Springfield, Missouri. Photo courtesy of The Backlot.

Just off of Republic Road on Campbell Avenue, Alamo Drafthouse recently opened its doors and became an instant hit. Before catching a flick, head to The Backlot, inside the complex, where you can have a drink and a bite to eat before your movie. Save room, though! Every theatre has comfy reclining seats and table service that includes a full food and bar menu. It’s perfect for a date night.

Farmers Park

 

Farmers Park in Springfield, Missouri.

On Saturday (year-round) and Wednesday (May-September), Farmers Park is home to the Farmers Market of the Ozarks where customers can shop for fresh produce, unique gifts and more. Farmers Park is also home to shops and restaurants including 5 Pound Apparel, Jellybeans, Houlihan's and Aviary Cafe and Creperie.