Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore St. Louis nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our St. Louis Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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 Irish menu features the house signature potato soup, corned beef and cabbage, and County Cork corned beef and barley soup along with pints of Guinness to wash it down.

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With its Chuck Berry memorabilia, Howdy Doody collectibles, Elvis souvenirs, vintage posters, lunch boxes, and fabulous old jukeboxes, this St. Louis landmark is a mecca of American pop culture. It also features fantastic bar food, from burgers, hot dogs and onion rings to soups, salads and vegetarian dishes. The St. Louis Walk of Fame is located just outside the door, with stars and plaques honoring such famous St. Louis entertainment greats as Chuck Berry, Josephine Baker and Tina Turner. Frequent live music makes this an equally popular nightspot.

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Central West End

This friendly basement bar in the Central West End is one of the best dance clubs in St. Louis and features a cosmopolitan atmosphere and world beat music. The global sounds include Latin, Brazilian, drum and bass, reggae, African, Haitian, Russian, Greek, Arabic jazz, blues, jungle, and hip-hop played by live bands and DJ's. Local Latin acts include El Caribe, Tropical, and Del Alma.

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Cherokee-lemp Historic District

Consistently reviewed as one of the best places to catch live music in St. Louis, this intimate venue has a rep for booking excellent folk, alt-country, blues and rock acts. Whether you're there to check out an up-and-coming local band that's generated a lot of buzz or a nationally recognized blues performer, you'll never be more than 30 feet from the stage and the sound. With improved acoustics, more beers on tap, and a more extensive menu following an ownership change, Off Broadway is likely to stay at the top of the city's "best-of" lists.

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The Beale on Broadway

The Beale's exposed brick walls and wooden floors suggest the gritty, earthy music that shakes the house each night: blues, R&B, and soul, loud and live. Christmas lights and candles illuminate the stage, where local and national acts tell it like it is and get the crowd moving. Rock and roots can occasionally be heard, cleansing the musical palate. Dim lighting and semi-comfortable seating add to the spot's low-maintenance appeal. Spirits, wine, 14 ceraft beers on tap (plus 35 bottled beers) nicely accompany the tunes.

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Laclede's Landing

Set in a 19th-century historic building, this microbrewery is a local hot spot and neighborhood hangout. Exposed brick walls, visible ductwork, and mosaic-tiled floors create a casual and relaxed atmosphere. A variety of handcrafted beers and ales, is brewed on the premises. The menu features gourmet pizzas, pastas, burgers, duck cakes, red snapper hash and orange habañero baby back ribs.

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This English pub-style microbrewery features a two-story dining area with a large window that overlooks the brewing area and its massive copper tanks. The wide variety of beers includes a good selection of fresh lagers, porters and ales. If you can't decide on just one drink, try the sampler and taste a small portion of five different beers. Hearty eaters will enjoy the sensational fish and chips, smoked liverwurst sandwich, or burgers and fries served with homemade spicy ketchup. Be sure to check out their entertainment schedule – some of the area's best musicians play here.

Read more about Schlafly Tap Room at The St. Louis Brewery →

Laclede's Landing

After a night at the Big Bang, you'll swear you've never had so much fun. Audience members are invited to sing and dance along and participate in the show. Dueling pianists keep things lively as they take to the keyboards with a vengeance. Great music, hilarious comedy and expert showmanship combine to form one of the best shows in the city. Located in the popular Laclede's Landing.

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A bowling ball in one hand and a martini in the other? That's the lay of the land at this unique spot that offers twelve lanes and the environment of a classy lounge, replete with bartenders expert in the art of crafting killer martinis and specialty cocktails. You favorite beers are on tap, and a menu offers appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches. Music videos play on large screens, and a large display case shows off vintage bowling accoutrements. Extended hours make it popular with the late night crowd.

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This tall, townhouse-style brick building is one of the best places in the city to listen to jazz and blues. Voted the number one jazz and blues nightclub in St. Louis, BB's features such renowned performers as Henry Townsend and Roosevelt Sykes and has jazz and blues memorabilia adorning the walls. The bar is fully stocked and includes an excellent selection of beer. The food menu features such items as Cajun chicken sandwiches with Cajun jerk chili mayo and sweet potato fries.

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