The Cardinals’ playoff push is in full swing, Blues hockey and Mizzou football are right around the corner, and St. Louis summer nights make for gorgeous weather. If you’re looking to catch a game with your friends or just grab a cold one after a long week, you might have a few favorite bars that come to mind.
But sometimes, the night calls for something out of the ordinary.
Downtown St. Louis is home to an array of dive bars that serve up unique drinks in some eccentric settings. And although they may not make the headlines, we’re sure you’ll love these low-key spots (as long as you’re of age).
701 N Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63101
Opened in 1983, Missouri Bar and Grille has been a popular watering hole for star athletes and “average Joes” alike. “MoBar,” as it’s called by regulars, runs drink and food specials during all Cardinals and Blues games and stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends.
1212 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
If you’re in search of a respite from trendy, upscale bars, this is the place for you. Open daily until 3 a.m., Hair of the Dog is the kind of place where the bartender will razz you for your drink choice and concoct something tastier. The space is “decorated” with wacky signage, including local graffiti artist Peat Wollaeger’s “Dead Fat Comedians” wall art.
1114 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101
You never know what you’ll find on any given night at this Downtown dive. Punk rock karaoke? Maybe. Burlesque shows? It’s been done before. But no matter what the occasion is, you surely won’t leave The Crack Fox thirsty. This bar features more than 60 beers along with one-of-a-kind cocktails like the ginger snap: ginger vodka, cinnamon Schnapps, and lemonade.
1000 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63101
Located within walking distance of Busch Stadium and Enterprise Center, this Irish pub is the perfect place to grab a cold one before, during, or after a Cards or Blues game. There are plenty of TVs throughout the space, so you can divide your attention accordingly while you indulge on their famous pretzel sticks or fried pork wings.
1008 Locust Ave. St. Louis, MO 63101
As if the name didn’t give it away, this is St. Louis’ tiniest bar. But you know what they say: great things come in small packages. Established as a shrine to the 3-foot-7 St. Louis Browns baseball icon, Eddie Gaedel, Tiny Bar serves up some of the best cocktails you’ve never heard of, like the Yellow Brick Road. There’s even a tiny discount if you’re shorter than five feet: 25% off your first drink.
736 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102
Housed in a building that’s stood since the 1840s, this New Orleans-style hangout is one of the oldest functioning venues in Downtown St. Louis — some even say it’s haunted. But don’t worry, classic cajun dishes like NakedGator Tacos, Alligator Sausage, and Shrimp Voodoo are sure to keep your mind occupied. And if that’s not enough, B.O.B hosts live music sessions every day on it’s outdoor patio.