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Top Bars For Networking In St. Louis

September 13, 2012 11:00 AM

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Want to sip cocktails with the movers and shakers of the Lou? Looking for the right spot to take a client or share a shaker of martinis with your boss? Want to rub shoulders with the trendy folks while throwing back a sangria or a mojito? These are the most exciting hot spots for networking in St. Louis.

360stl Top Bars For Networking In St. Louis

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360 St. Louis
1 S Broadway
Saint Louis, MO 63102
(314) 241-8439
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Without a doubt, the attraction at this downtown rooftop bar is the breathtaking view. The Gateway Arch soars over the Mississippi on one side and Busch Stadium is spread out beneath you on the other. Beyond just the view, the food and beverages are also top notch. There are lots of creative and well-presented small plates to share with friends offered well into the night. People watching and hobnobbing here are pure pleasure.

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Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
1915 Park Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63104
(314) 241-8100
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Located in the elegant Lafayette Square neighborhood, Bailey’s is the place to go for after-dinner drinks when a date is going well. Chocolate martinis are the favorite here and come in several popular varieties. Desserts and coffee are also available. Snuggly couples usually sit at the tables in back or on the patio, but the crowded, lively bar is the place for networking.

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Drunken Fish
1 Maryland Plaza
Saint Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-4222
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The venerable Drunken Fish in the Central West End was at the forefront of the sushi trend in the Lou and continues to be a hub. Creative cocktails, elegant modern decor, trendy atmosphere and fresh sushi keep bringing people back year after year. The Fish has been winning awards in St. Louis media every year since 2005. Happy hour is the best time to visit, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again after 10 p.m. This is the prime time to sit amongst business professionals looking to grab a drink and socialize, networking all the while.

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mosiac Top Bars For Networking In St. Louis

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Mosaic Modern Fusion
1001 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63101
(314) 621-6001
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Hobnobbing in the Lou would be incomplete without a visit to Washington Avenue, and Mosaic is one of the trendiest spots on the street. Choose an outdoor table if you really want to be seen or go indoors to enjoy the hip decor. Share tiny tapas plates with your friends and enjoy some selections from the sangria menu while you watch the trendy folks rush by on the Avenue. Just be warned: when Mosaic says ‘fusion,’ it means it. Don’t expect a lot of traditional flavors here.

mcgurks Top Bars For Networking In St. Louis

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John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub & Garden
1200 Russell Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63104
(314) 776-8309
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For a more casual place to hang out with young professionals in the city, try McGurk’s in Soulard. The brick-lined interior of this authentic Irish pub is typically dark and quiet, but the patio is where the real action is. A wooden deck overlooks the courtyard where tables and flower pots are arranged all around a tiered fountain that brings a sense of refreshing coolness to the unrelenting St. Louis summer. On weeknights, the place is so packed that you won’t be able to help rubbing elbows, making it the perfect casual spot for networking in the city.

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.
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