Sometimes you visit a bar just for a drink, a burger, or to listen to some live music, dance, or cheer on a sports team. Other times, you go because of the place itself or the people who work there, visit there, or a combination of it all makes it memorable, historic, even iconic. Some places just seem to make a name for themselves and become a symbol or image representing the area. Find what locals would refer to as St. Louis’ most iconic bars at these locations.
2100 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Even though the town is known best for another popular brand of beer, Schlafly Tap Room was the first brewpub to open its doors in St. Louis after Prohibition. Not only was Schlafly the first, but the owners saw to it that it was built in a restored timber and brick building from the turn of the century to add to the historic value. Today, the building still stands and provides visitors with tours at the bottle works location. This iconic brewpub offers more than 16 draft beers on tap along with a host of European flavors.
6504 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Located in the heart of the Delmar Loop area, you will discover a landmark music club and restaurant bar. Make a reservation, or just stop in to check the place out. This used to be the spot where local rock-n-roll legend Chuck Berry would surprise a crowd with an occasional performance in the room named after his well-known duck walk. Aside from the local, beloved Chuck Berry’s performances, Blueberry Hill made a name for itself as a welcoming place to come to view memorabilia that lines the walls, play a game of darts with friends, or sit back and listen to local performers.
4200 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63111
In the heart of Dutchtown, one iconic spot keeps the German heritage alive. Built to last in 1914, the original German flare atmosphere is prevalent from the American and German cuisine to the authentic beer garden. What began when the Anheuser Busch brewing company attempted to serve beer in a family friendly environment has since changed hands a couple times and survived prohibition when the restaurant side of things took center stage. Even today, the place is where locals flock for special occasions to experience one of the area’s best buffets. The timber and stucco building with a high-pitched roof has not only become a landmark in the area but was actually backed by a neighborhood association’s battle to keep the property intact.
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736 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Known for its tasty and authentic Cajun food that might make you think you’re in Louisiana instead of the midwest, and live music every night, this place has made a name for itself among locals. Listen to and dance to the live music beat of reggae, funk, bluegrass, blues, and rock. Walk into the place and feel the history of one of the oldest buildings in St. Louis, dating back to the 1800s. Some even say it’s haunted.
1 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
Located 400 feet above St. Louis in the Hilton, this rooftop bar is one of the best places to take in spectacular views of the city below. This downtown bar is a popular place to eat before any Cardinals baseball home game as you get a prime view of Busch Stadium from up above. As elegant as it is, the environment is relaxed and welcoming. When the weather is nice, the outdoor patio is the gathering place where patrons take in views of some of the most iconic elements of the city including the stadium, the Mississippi River, and the Gateway Arch.