10 3 A.M. Bars in St. Louis We Love
During a night out after 1 a.m., it’s not always easy to find a late-night spot that still covers all the bases of what you’re after: good food, a solid wine, beer and cocktail selection, great music and an all-around good time. Below are a handful of spots we love in St. Louis where you can have a reliably good time well into the early morning hours.
Walking into HandleBar in The Grove, you might think its most outstanding feature is the array of bike-themed decor, memorabilia and actual bikes hanging from the ceiling. However, we think it’s more that you can have a good, clean time here into the wee hours of the morning before the witching hour when things get weird, sipping on specialty cocktails and dancing to electronica versions of ’90s hits.
Open Monday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Par Lounge is a great option if you’ve been bar-hopping in the neighboring Clayton, Delmar Loop or Central West End and are looking for your final destination before calling it a night. With a casual, neighborhood feel, this is the neighborhood hideout that’s almost always full, especially just before close.
Oh, boy. If you’ve ever hungered for an evening taking shots, sipping cocktails and singing karaoke in a bar where almost every surface is covered in mirrors or crystals, we have the spot for you. Founded by championship jitterbugger and renowned pizza chef Mike “Talayna” Faille (1938-2011), Talayna’s on Hampton is a bizarre and euphoric 3 a.m. bar-hopping experience—or somewhere on that spectrum. People often tend to tag themselves at this locale with the descriptor “Hurricane” in front of their names, if that clears up any confusion.
This industrial-themed spot in The Grove has an enormous menu of Tex Mex delicacies, a full bar and multitude of spirits. For a night out dancing, this is your spot: reviewers love Salsa Night, DJ-spun music, as well as local and traveling musicians often stopping by to showcase their latest sets. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, try the zucchini fries or cowboy nachos on the late-night menu.
The perfect spot for a throwback night, enjoy an afternoon or evening bowling in this classic, vintage setting. Head over to Pinup Bowl once the 1 a.m. bars have closed down in The Loop, where you can enjoy a relaxed night bowling, sipping cocktails and munching on toasted ravioli, burgers and traditional bar food.
Beale on Broadway
Just minutes from the Mississippi River, The Beale on Broadway is one of those spots that honors St. Louis’ long tradition of blues music, funk and jazz. Head over to this well-loved Downtown spot to hear incredible live music seven days a week, where you can also enjoy weekly staples like Kim Massie and the Solid Senders, “Big Mike” Aguirre, and Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor.
Bar 101 Soulard
For a true St. Louis night out, Soulard has to be the must-visit neighborhood on your list. It’s the scene of St. Louis’ Mardi Gras parade, one of the biggest in the country, where hellions have their day. But for classic late-night drinking any time of the year, stop by the sports-themed Bar 101, where you can enjoy a selection of wine, beer, spirits and bar snacks.
Open for more than 30 years, this spot on South Grand is the perfect place to enjoy late-night cocktails without having to grin and bear it through measly bar food. Reviewers tend to be pleasantly surprised by the quality and craft of the food at this bar-centric traditional Italian eatery. The selection includes classic pasta dishes like vodka pasta, mushroom ravioli and fettuccine alfredo, but also serves burgers, salads and lighter fare.
The vintage, elegant feel of Sandrina’s saves it from feeling dive-y, even at 3 a.m. (but if that’s the vibe you’re after, Trophy Room, across the street, is also a great pick). Sandrina’s is a great late-night spot to sip on an elegant cocktail and sample elevated bar bites, all nestled in the eclectic, accessible vibe of St. Louis’ south city. They also host a storied brunch, for delicious bites that’ll take off the edge from the night before.
The Wheelhouse Downtown
The Wheelhouse is your classic Downtown 3 a.m. bar, with a VIP mezzanine, stage, outdoor patio and 37 TVs interspersed throughout the space. So, if you’re looking for a place to kick back and watch the game after work, or if you’re looking for a Downtown hotspot that’s sure to be lively well into the early hours of the morning, The Wheelhouse will have all you’re looking for.
Cover image courtesy of David Straight.