Happy hour in the Lou is a time to bond with coworkers over beers, impress a client with a perfectly mixed martini or hammer out a deal with a new supplier over cocktails and peanuts. Here are some hot spots St. Louisans love to use as their corner office.
360 St. Louis
1 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
This is a top-notch rooftop bar, perfect for impressing clients. The vista includes the sweeping curve of the St. Louis Arch and a bird’s-eye view into Busch Stadium. Drinks and snacks are exquisite, and both the decor and the clientele are trendily dressed. This is one of the city’s most spectacular places to have a cocktail.
Fox and Hounds Tavern at the Cheshire Inn
6300 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
Fox and Hounds has deliberately recreated an English gentleman’s sitting room environment, where men with big mustaches might have one-upped one another’s tales of the hunt in leather chairs over pints of ale. The Old Boys Club vibe is palpable, which could make this an especially fun place for anyone who’s not an Old Boy to schedule a meet-up. Enjoy a snack and a cocktail at the bar or poolside if you prefer. Impress your guest by using the valet parking service, but don’t tell them it’s only $4.
33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar
1913 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
If you want to enjoy a well-crafted selection of wines and cheeses, 33 is the place to go. The wine bar also offers a small but interesting selection of beers on tap. The decor is clean and sleek, the servers knowledgeable and if your client or boss is a wine aficionado, you can be sure they will enjoy their time at 33. Tip: If the bar gets too noisy, take your business conversation to the courtyard.
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Mosaic Modern Fusion
1001 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Fusion tapas and Washington Avenue in the Lou: two great trends that taste great together. If you’re looking for an intimate space to converse with a colleague, bring your biz to Mosaic. Don’t expect traditional tapas because Mosaic likes to fuse flavors and play with its food, but its creative little dishes will delight your palate. This is a cozy place to see and be seen, enjoy some sangria and have a nibble, perfect for happy hour or a business nosh.
1 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
www.drunkenfish.comDrunken Fish has been the place to meet for sushi in St. Louis for years now, and it is still the one that lends itself best to business drinks or dinners. The Central West End location has a clean, modern look that meshes well with a suit and tie or pumps, and is the first choice for professionals. The Drunken Fish on Laclede’s Landing feels exclusive and clubby. If you’re looking for sushi closer to downtown, it’s an excellent choice. Drinks can be as simple as a sip of sake or as complex as a signature martini.
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Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.