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Top Gay Bars In St. Louis

January 9, 2014 7:00 AM

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A participant holds a rainbow flag during the gay and lesbian pride parade. (Photo by AFP/Getty/PEDRO ARMESTRE)

A participant holds a rainbow flag during the gay and lesbian pride parade. (Photo by AFP/Getty/PEDRO ARMESTRE)

The stretch of Manchester known as The Grove is the hot spot for gay bars in the Lou, but there are a few favorites sprinkled in Soulard and other neighborhoods as well. St. Louis has an option for every preference, with dive bars, dance clubs and even a gay piano bar. Everyone is welcome at these pubs and lounges.

justjohn Top Gay Bars In St. Louis

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Just John
4112 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 371-1333
www.justjohnclub.com

Since Novak’s closed this year, many people consider Just John to be “heir to the throne” among the gay bars of The Grove. The place is known for its sense of community, reasonably priced drinks that boast more than a drop of alcohol and barkeeps who are friendly, skilled and easy on the eyes. It’s a comfortable bar rather than a crowded hot spot, but Just John has a strong local following. There are drink specials every night of the week, and lots of creative events, including a popular Thursday karaoke night and semi-regular Jane Wednesdays, with female DJs and bands. 

attitudes Top Gay Bars In St. Louis

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Attitudes
4100 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 534-0044
www.facebook.com/attitudesnightclub

If you’re looking for a lively dance club, Attitudes might be just the place for you. Attitudes is a 20-year veteran of St. Louis’s gay bar scene, and is another serious contender among The Grove’s favorite clubs. This is the place where the beautiful people come to show off, to see and be seen. Attitudes welcomes everyone to the dance floor — gays, lesbians, straights, transvestites and transsexuals all bop together. Thursday nights are hip-hop dance party nights, and Friday and Saturday nights come to life with drag shows and open dance parties. 

soulardbastille Top Gay Bars In St. Louis

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Bastille
1027 Russell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 664-4408
www.facebook.com/ItsADrag

Want something a little quieter? Bastille is not a glitzy dance club. It’s more like a typical Soulard neighborhood tavern that just happens to have a Monday night drag show. The place has an older crowd and a relaxed come-as-you-are vibe that newcomers find friendly and appealing. Bastille’s eclectic decor includes everything from Pez dispensers to Harry Potter memorabilia. Fun pastimes include a back room with darts and billiard tables and Wednesday karaoke. Food includes typical pub fare, like burgers, salads and fried appetizers to share.

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clementines Top Gay Bars In St. Louis

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Clementine’s
2001 Menard St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 664-7869
www.facebook.com/clementines.stl

Like old-school dive bars? Clementine’s bills itself as “St. Louis’s Oldest Gay Bar.” It’s been around since the 1970s, and may be one of the oldest continually operating gay bars in the Midwest. This place had a complete makeover a few years ago, but it still has the feel of an old-school Soulard dive. The Oh My Darlin’ restaurant in back attracts a diverse clientele, but the bar itself is the darling of the mature gay male crowd. Like most Soulard bars, you’ll find a patio out back and a dart league inside.

keypers Top Gay Bars In St. Louis

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Keypers
2280 S Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 664-6496
www.keypersstl.com

Want a quiet, cozy place to sing a few show tunes with friends? In addition to tavern-style bars and dance clubs, St. Louis boasts a gay piano bar. Keypers is a quiet, relaxed neighborhood bar, populated mostly by gay men. Nachos, pizza and dollar sandwiches are available in addition to a fully stocked bar. Around 9 p.m. (5 p.m. on Fridays for happy hour), a piano player comes in to tickle the ivories and, yes, singing along is encouraged. 

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com

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