10 St. Louis Bars With Unique Character

Full glasses, great music, a bartender who knows your name … whether you’re a dive bar regular or prefer a swankier spot, the ambiance of a locale sets the tone for a perfect night out. Read on for our list of St. Louis bars with a personality all their own.

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Tick Tock Tavern, Tower Grove East
The walls of this owl- and clock-themed bar are covered with 1970’s-kitsch décor. A smaller space with a cozy atmosphere, they have lots of local beers on tap and are connected to Steve’s Hot Dogs next door, perfect for when that midnight craving for a chili-cheese dog hits.

The Silver Ballroom, Bevo
With cocktails like the “Rumones Runner” and “Iggy’s Pop,” this South City bar has punk rock spirit to match the wide selection of records in their vintage jukebox. Bring your quarters to this bar—The Silver Ballroom also boasts an array of classic and brand-new pinball machines.

The Moonrise Hotel’s Rooftop Terrace Bar, The Loop
You’ve likely noticed the giant spinning moon that tops the Moonrise Hotel in The Loop. It’s the crowning feature of the kitschy-yet-sophisticated Moonrise Rooftop Terrace Bar, which is entirely moon-themed. Sit in a quarter-moon shaped chair, check out their many display cabinets full of Space Race memorabilia and enjoy a stellar cocktail while looking out at an incredible view of the city.

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Narwhal’s Crafted Urban Ice, Central West End
A nautical-themed bar that’s a great spot for happy hour, Narwhal’s offers blended, frozen cocktails in flavors like “Rhubarb Paloma” and “Watermelon Frosé,” as well as giant fishbowl cocktails meant for sharing.

Venice Café, Benton Park
Venice Café can best be described as a haunted-house-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland, with mosaics, memorabilia and otherworldly statues everywhere you turn. With three stories of indoor seating, an outdoor patio and music venue, this bar has something for everyone.

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Blueberry Hill, The Loop
This iconic St. Louis bar is a shrine to music history and pop culture. Come for live music at The Duck Room, where Chuck Berry played more than 200 shows, and stick around for their menu of classic cuisine, 18 beers on draught and a seemingly endless collection of memorabilia, which includes everything from Pez dispensers to a stuffed lion.

Propaganda, Cherokee
This bar brings comrades together to enjoy Russian food and a full list of Vodka cocktails. Propaganda’s menu teaches you Russian phrases and their bartenders pass out complementary “Mandatory Meaningful” vodka shots to patrons nightly at 10pm.

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Brennan’sCentral West End
This speakeasy-style space has a little bit of everything. Play ping pong in the basement, puff a cigar in the cigar lounge, pick up a bottle to-go in the Bottle Shop or simply sit and enjoy a beer or expertly made cocktail.

Fortune Teller Bar, Cherokee
As their name promises, Fortune Teller Bar is an old time apothecary-themed bar that hosts tarot and palm readers who can gaze into your future, or at least predict you’ll have a fun night enjoying great drinks with friends.

Fox and Hounds Tavern, Clayton
Attached to the Cheshire Inn, The Fox and Hound Tavern is a cozy pub that looks like Tudor-era hunting lodge. Book-lovers will appreciate drinks like “Mutiny Aboard” named after “Treasure Island” or the Scarlet Cosmo named after “The Scarlet Letter.”

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