If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our St. Louis guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in St. Louis for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like John D. McGurk's Irish Pub & Garden to busy places like Broadway Oyster Bar that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Downtown area? No fear - we share all the facts!

O'Connell's Pub


Located near Kingshighway on The Hill, this St. Louis favorite attracts plenty of attention with its hearty burgers, fish and chips and outstanding roster of beers. It's a historic structure that's been used in Anheuser Busch commercials....  Read More



Everyone feels at home at this quaint Soulard pub with its comfortable hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and soothing sounds of live Irish music. Authentic Irish bands regularly entertain the crowds with their Celtic rhythms. The traditional...  Read More

Anthony's Bar


Owned by the same folks who run the popular Tony's restaurant next door, this downtown bar does a booming business at lunch time and after work. Great drinks stand alongside a menu that includes burgers, salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches and...  Read More

Harry's Bar & Grill


Whether they come for the gigantic burgers (tipping the scale at 1/2 a pound) or the spacious outdoor dining patio, folks regularly visit this popular neighborhood bar that serves plenty of beer and reasonably priced food, both at lunch and...  Read More

South City


A popular spot among the St. Louis bar scene, the Royale has proved itself with a unique, hand-crafted martini menu and a relaxed scene that seeks to be a community hangout. The humble juicer is much revered behind the bar; the signature...  Read More

Broadway Oyster Bar


This popular Soulard neighborhood blues bar is housed in a tall townhouse-style brick building and features live music every day of the week. The exterior wall features a broken glass mural with bits of oyster shells, bottle caps, stained glass,...  Read More

Central West End
Dressel's Public House


A taste of Wales is on tap at this Welsh pub, the only one in North America owned and operated by a member of the Bardic Order of Wales. Enjoy a plate of cockles and laver, and wash it down with a Felinfoel Welsh ale. Other options include...  Read More

Central West End
Sub Zero Vodka Bar


Trendy and upscale, Sub Zero offers a NYC type spot in the midst of the Gateway City. A menu offers Japanese-inspired cuisine, wines and mixed drinks as well as the main draw – a large list of ice cold vodkas (over 200 options). A mix of live...  Read More