Pagan Wine Bar: Classic Libations in an Unconventional Setting
The glass door between a Thai eatery and a hookah lounge often goes unnoticed, which is a shame, considering what’s inside. Pagan Wine Bar occupies the space that once was Big Sleep Books, a bookstore founded by Chris King in 1988. In the past three years, King’s son, Ed, has transformed the small space into a dark, mysterious wine bar filled with French art, statues, antique light fixtures that give off a warm blue light and leather chairs, creating the sort of bar where he would want to spend his own time. The bar is similar to a neighborhood watering hole you might find on any given street corner Paris, making it one of the most unique places to get a drink in St. Louis.
Shelves stacked with dusty books line the walls and small candles illuminate each table as the old-school sound system plays King’s choice of music for the night. King typically shakes up the drinks from a simple yet elegant menu, with a modest list of choice wines, classic cocktails and beer.
Arrive around 9:30 every evening (except Mondays, when King takes a night off) and saddle up to the bar with the diverse mix of patrons or sink into the red leather couch by the window with a tasty glass of wine and watch all of the people pass by this little French haven in the Central West End.
Pagan Wine Bar
239 N. Euclid Ave.