There’s only so many ties, watches, and “World’s Number 1 Dad” mugs we can give our father. Take this year to give him an experience – not another wallet. We have compiled a list of the top five places to take dad for a Father’s Day drink.  Each bar has a different feel and appeal, and are local favorites.
Flannery’s Pub
1324 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-8885

Watch sports in style, and enjoy some of the best burgers in town. Taking advantage of the diverse beer selection and sixteen high-definition televisions, friends and family can spend an afternoon cheering on their favorite teams. With any purchase, folks can take a shuttle to any home game for free. This makes Flannery’s an ideal place to start the pre-game party. Let dad blow off some steam and kick back.

The Schlafly Tap Room
2100 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-2337

Take dad out for a local favorite, and enjoy a staple of St. Louis.  At the Tap Room, you can drink the beer that has made St. Louis famous. You can enjoy some Schnitzel, a good beer, and tell those jokes mom can’t overhear.  It’s a great place to start a new tradition. Try the Schlafly Bottleworks, too!  They are two completely different experiences, but with the same approach to customer satisfaction.

Bossanova Martini Lounge
112 W. 3rd St.
Alton, IL 62002
(618) 462-1175

Head north and get away for a quiet, upscale dinner and drinks.  With a multitude of local brews, ciders, lagers and ales, there is something for every mood.  The wine list also offers many choices.  If dad is a foodie, you can treat him to a one of a kind dish, and make the most of the day.  It’s a great place to get out and have some fun, and is right in the heart of downtown Alton.

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

St. Louis has always had a romance with Cajun food.  This is where to take dad for some oyster shooters or enjoy some live music.  Low key, no frills and plenty delicious, there are lots of options at Broadway Oyster Bar.  The patio has live music all through the week, and they take pride in giving fans a place to go after the game.  A full red and white wine menu gives plenty of options, and there is a large beer list to choose from as well.

John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub
1200 Russell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 776-8309

With a Soulard and O’Fallon location, you can be at a McGurk’s Irish Pub within minutes. They have been voted “Best Bar In St. Louis” repeatedly, and for good reason.  Reasonable prices and great presentation guarantee a great dining experience. The menu is full of Irish traditions, like bangers and mash and corned beef cabbage. There are plenty of American choices to balance out the menu. The Bailey’s cheesecake, made in house, is famous.  It’s a great place to have a nice meal, catch up and have a drink or two.

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Bon Tindle is an author from Springfield, MO. She writes fiction and nonfiction for several publications, and can be reached through her website ( with comments or questions.