Sometimes you want something different. Sometimes you want to try something bold or exotic. If you fancy such a drink, check out these top bars in St. Louis for something special. The locals all know these spots, and recommend them highly.
4584 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-1200

Taste is a St. Louis landmark. They are known for their fine dining and creative cocktails. The menu is organized by type of taste, separating them into families of flavors that guests can order according to their preference. The ingredients are sometimes unusual (egg whites, anyone?) but the result is delicious and an experience. If you’re a first time visitor, order a King Crimson and and let the medley of flavors tease your taste buds.  The locals swear by the menu and the service, making it one of the top bars in St. Louis.

Soho Restaurant & Lounge
4229 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 932-5554

The word Soho comes from mixing the words “Southern hospitality” and the staff makes sure to live up to the reputation. Their menu is loaded with Southern comfort food and they are famous for their sweet potato cheesecake. However, the specialty drinks are what really make Soho stand out. The drinks capture the sweetness of Southern cuisine and take their own spin on some classics. The Fleur De Lis is their signature drink, flavorful with a tiny kiss of lemon to brighten the taste. The Pineapple Upside Down Cake is sweet and satisfying.

4198 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 535-9700

Sanctuaria plays to a wide array of tastes. They offer a few non-alcoholic drinks that are delicious, and still made with the same care for presentation and flavor. Their famous Red Dawn will set the adventurous on fire, and you can order a Hendricks Experience to put out the flames. The barrel aged cocktails are the star of the show, and come in many flavors. They are aged eight to ten weeks, and they even offer an aged daiquiri. Sanctuaria promises a one of a kind experience and they make good on their word.

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Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
1915 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 241-8100

Drop by Bailey’s Chocolate Bar for a list of drinks you simply can’t order anywhere else. The Chocolate Bar signature martini is famous. The drink menu just keeps going, and so do the amazing ways to mix chocolate and a delightful shot of liquor. Many drinks have a hot and cold option, and visitors can order some of the hot chocolate mixes in powder form to recreate the magic at home. Whether you want a Nutella martini or just a shot in your gourmet coffee, there are plenty of choices to suit your mood.

612 Kitchen & Cocktails
612 W. Woodbine Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
(314) 965-2003

Though they offer a full beer and wine list, 612 Kitchen & Cocktails is known best for their signature drinks. The selection includes spins on classic drinks like cosmopolitans to house favorites, making sure there is something for everyone. The Smoked Manhattan is made with house smoked rye whiskey and is popular among the regulars. Hailed for its unique flavor, it brings in the adventurous from miles around. For an updated classic, the green tea mojito is a top pick.

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