Your neighborhood bar is a favorite hangout for you and your friends. However, sometimes you’re looking for more than just an artisan cocktail with happy hour finger foods. From downtown to Dog Town or the Central West End, these top bars for foodies in St. Louis are the best places to go for those who enjoy food that does more than just whet the palate. One thing is for sure: You’ll leave with a satisfied appetite. You may even feel like the place is impressive enough to bring a date.
Vin de Set Rooftop Bar & Bistro
2017 Chouteau Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Step inside this unique bistro bar, set atop the restored Centennial Malt House building, and you’ll feel as if you entered a province of France. This rooftop bar is upscale yet, when you walk in, it still somehow feels as though you have kicked off your shoes to step into some cozy slippers. The food is the same way, as you will enjoy French cuisine that doesn’t appear too pretentious to eat. Bite into ratatouille, prime rib or a shrimp crepe for the main entrée. Go all out with dinner and a drink, or stop in to enjoy a lunch trio of half a sandwich or crepe, and your choice of sweet potato and salmon almond bisque, or soup and mixed greens.
The Drunken Fish
1 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
Of course this is the place to be for great sushi while sipping on sake, but it’s also a food-lover’s dream. Sink your teeth into Japanese steak or a New York strip infused with garlic and soy, or enjoy cod marinated in miso. Go all out with the succulent lobster entrée. Stay for karaoke nights and other special events at this Central West End location.
Schlafly’s Tap Room
2100 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Enjoy a frosty draft while kicking back with friends at this casual tap room bar that is a favorite hangout but also satisfies any appetite. Start with pita chips dipped in beer cheese spread and hummus, or savor an order of beer bread. Pig out on a “plate of swine” that includes three varieties of pork from chops to brats boiled in stout and bacon battered in beer. Eat and drink your beer with an Atlantic cod that is battered in Hefeweizen. Whatever you order, make sure you add a side of fries because this popular tap room bar is also home to some of the best fries in the area.
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1208 Tamm Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Slip into this Dog Town establishment where long-time friends get together to talk about old times or meet new friends. Enjoy an Irish ale or a variety of brews and wine accompanied with a large juicy pub burger, a variety of pasta or sandwiches and steak or chicken prepared how you like. Take in the ambiance of nice weather under the covered open-air garden seating. Step into O’Shea’s Emerald Bar to kick back with a mixed drink and satisfying appetizers.
1025 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Known as a European gastropub, this is a place to enjoy drinks with friends while filling up with great food. Warm up with a hot whiskey and dessert or a cheese plate during a comedy or live music event. Come hungry and save room for the “Dubliner Hot Mess” which is packed with burgers, two halves of a reuben sandwich and fried pickles. Eat it all in less than 30 minutes, and you’ll get your picture on the wall and leave with a t-shirt. Come after 5 p.m. to enjoy your fill of natural lamb, steak or Amish chicken.
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