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Top Bars With History In St. Louis

October 24, 2013 7:00 AM

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File photo of a person drinking an alcoholic beverage. (Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a person drinking an alcoholic beverage. (Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/GettyImages)

History is more than a mandatory boring course you take in school. It is the fabric of where you hang out, who you are and what makes your hometown memorable. Of course, it’s always more meaningful when you find a spot with character to meet friends. These top bars with history in St. Louis are local institutions that have been around for a long time and are part of the area’s Midwestern history.
blueberryhill Top Bars With History In St. Louis

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Blueberry Hill
6504 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 727-4444
www.blueberryhill.com

Sit back and enjoy live music from local bands, including the area’s legendary rock-n-roll favorite, Chuck Berry, who still performs in the bar on occasion. The bar got its name from the song of the same title and has been a hometown favorite since it opened its doors in 1972. Just outside these famous doors is the St. Louis Walk of Fame and other favorite spots on Delmar. Walk through the doors and you’ll feel like you stepped back in time into a pop culture museum. Enjoy a game of darts in the back room and pinball and video games or a photo booth to catch a glimpse of your own memorabilia from your visit.

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seamusmcdaniels Top Bars With History In St. Louis

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Seamus McDaniel’s
1208 Tamm Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 645-6337
www.seamusmcdaniels.com

The bar’s location in the historic Dog Town Neighborhood is just part of the background to this Irish Pub. The owner is hometown rock legend Danny Liston of the band Mama’s Pride. The place comes alive during St. Patrick’s Day parades that crowd the streets of this Irish neighborhood, and this bar with a corner pub atmosphere is in the center of the action. Hang out on the patio with a group of friends or make new friends while you’re there.

fasteddies Top Bars With History In St. Louis

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Fast Eddies Bon Air
1530 E. 4th St.
Alton, IL 62002
(618) 462-5532
www.fasteddiesbonair.com

Just a short drive across the bridge from downtown, to the east side, this bar is known for its beer and burgers. First owned by Anheuser Busch in the 1920s, Eddie Sholar bought the place in 1981. He added live music and burgers that have remained at the same low price for years. Musicians know it as a hot spot to perform. The place is always hopping with crowds on the weekends that make it difficult to find a seat.

hammerstones Top Bars With History In St. Louis

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Hammerstone’s
2028 S. 9th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 773-5565
www.hammerstones.net

The building dates back to pre-Prohibition days to the 1800s. And while it was not always a bar, the building has always been open to the public as a drug store, an upstairs doctor’s office or as a restaurant. During Prohibition, it was rumored to house bootleg liquor in the back. With this much history, when you visit, be sure to ask the owners about the bar’s ghost stories. This historic Soulard bar is now a popular place to kick back on the patio with friends to enjoy great food while listening to live music seven days a week. Come before or after a major sporting event, and you’ll always find a crowd ready to party during Mardi Gras.

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broadwayoysterbar Top Bars With History In St. Louis

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Broadway Oyster Bar
736 S. Broadway
St. Louis MO 63102
(314) 621-8811
www.broadwayoysterbar.com

Though you’ll feel as if you are down in the French Quarter of New Orleans, you’re still in good old St. Louis. Broadway Oyster Bar’s historical building dates back to the 1800s, and it has always been a place where you are free to relax. Take in the sounds that St. Louis is famous for, with legendary live blues and jazz music mixed in with reggae and other jamming sounds. Sit on the open-air patio that is closed and heated during winter months with friends and enjoy the best Cajun menu in downtown.

Tere Scott is a freelance writer and author of e-books and two educational blogs. She loves to research information to share. She currently resides in St. Louis. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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