A wise man once said that the bars make the city, though at the time he was probably ignored since he was probably incredibly drunk.
Nevertheless, it’s a true statement, and true connoisseurs of fine beverages know that you just can’t stop in at any bar and expect to have a fantastic beer experience. For the St. Louis crowd, this couldn’t be more true, as many of the bars are too mired in poor quality alcohol and a poor quality environment to make consumption anything more than a sad addiction. Here’s a list of some of the best bars and beer-selling restaurants in St. Louis, with some suggestions on what to order.
An Irish pub with a couple of great stout beers and a fine selection for the lighter beer drinkers, Dressel’s has a unique atmosphere that beckons to both the indie kids and the older crowd. As one friend described it to me, it’s a place where you can relax with a book and a beer, or grab a booth and talk with a few friends without being overrun by bar noise or a bad Journey cover band (this happens more often than you’d like to think in St. Louis). Try the double chocolate stout.
Dressel’s is located at 419 N Euclid Ave.
The Schlafly Tap Room
The home of a variety of fantastic beers and the best brewery in St. Louis (yeah, I said it, Anheuser), the Schlafly Tap Room has everything from hefeweisens to oat meal stouts–all of them inexpensive, all of them delicious. If you’re not really sure of what a good beer is, the Schlafly tap room is a good place to go to figure it out. Oh, and nearly everything’s on tap, which is one of the awesome benefits of drinking at the place that makes the frickin’ beer you’re drinking.
The Schlafly Tap Room is at 2100 Locust St.
A bar and restaurant with a music venue attached, Cicero’s is a relaxed atmosphere with an impressive beer selection, including another great double chocolate stout and a variety of seasonal beers. Don’t be tempted to order food here; it’s good, but not great. The beer is why you need to stop by Cicero’s, and the beer is what will keep you satisfied. The menu even has explanations of different beer types in case you’re too ashamed to admit that you don’t know the difference between a wheat ale and an Indian pale ale.
Cicero’s is at 6691 Delmar Blvd.
Macklind Avenue Deli
Yeah, sure, this isn’t exactly a bar, but it’s a great place to get a fantastic sandwich (the reuben and the Peanut Butter BLT are fantastic) and relax with a six pack and a couple of friends.
The Macklind Avenue Deli allows you to buy beer by the bottle or six pack, and has pretty much any beer you can possibly think of. Nothing is on tap, but everything is tasty. If you ask, the management will be glad to recommend a sandwich and the appropriate brew to go with it. They also have regularly scheduled beer tastings.
The Macklind Avenue Deli is at 4721 Macklind Ave.