Top Upscale Hotel Bars In St. Louis

September 27, 2012 10:00 AM

The phrase ‘hotel bar’ might call up a mental picture of a bored bartender shaking martinis for lonely travelers in a nondescript lounge, but some upscale hotel bars are infused with charm and attract a loyal crowd of locals. Rooftop bars are the trend in the city at the moment and local hotels offer plenty of those as well as other interesting options. Here are five utterly unique hotel bars that have created their own niches in the St. Louis scene.


Eclipse Restaurant at The Moonrise Hotel

6177 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 726-2222

Probably the trendiest hotel bar in St. Louis is the rooftop terrace bar at the Eclipse restaurant atop the boutique Moonrise Hotel. The hotel offers free parking which is a rare treat on Delmar. The location, right next door to the Pageant Theater, puts the Eclipse right in the middle of a main part of the city’s action. Views in every direction are stunning. Furniture is scattered in just the right patterns to invite conversation and mingling with the eclectic Loop-neighborhood crowd. Also, there’s a giant, surrealistic moon hovering over the whole scene. What’s not to love?


Fox & Hounds Tavern at The Cheshire Inn

6300 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 647-7300

The Cheshire Inn has a British theme that carries into the lounge. Remember the men’s club in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” where Gaston sang the line “I use antlers in all of my decorating?” The Fox & Hounds Tavern looks just like that club. (Gaston was French, but old-world manliness is universal.) Hardwood floors, stone fireplace, taxidermy on the walls, wing chairs — you can almost hear elderly British men harrumphing under their moustaches. As an added bonus, the Fox & Hounds Tavern offers poolside service in the summer.

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Cielo Restaurant & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel

999 N. 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 881-2105

Cielo is both a fine restaurant and an exquisite upscale bar with a sky terrace. The view featuring the Arch, the river and all of Laclede’s Landing is the star attraction. The patio boasts fire pits, a water feature and lots of cozy seating. On chilly or rainy evenings, Cielo offers plenty of indoor seating in its modern bar and dining area with a wall of windows providing an expansive Mississippi view.


Three Sixty at the Hilton at the Ballpark

1 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 241-8439

Another of downtown’s rooftop bars, Three Sixty offers a view directly into Busch Stadium across the street. What a spectacular way to enjoy the game. But even when there’s no game, the bar is a glamorous place to gather with friends and enjoy a tasty adult beverage and a snack. The menu includes small-plate selections ranging from sliders to sushi. The decor is modern, very sleek and stylish.

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Martini’s Lounge at the Millennium Hotel

200 S. 4th St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 241-9500

The Millennium Hotel’s contribution to St. Louis nightlife is Martini’s Lounge, a large space with floor-to-ceiling windows that bring a sense of majesty and openness to the space. Upscale decor and a friendly bartender who can mix up over two dozen martini flavors combine to make this a great hotel bar. During happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the glass wall fills the space with natural light and in the evening the Arch soars gracefully in front of the night sky.

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Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at