St. Louis Dive Bar Guide

Midwest Roots, Timeless Dives

Given its geographic location, it comes as no surprise that St. Louis combines a number of dive bar-friendly influences, the city’s Midwest roots mixing with a vibrant urban core that makes for good dive bar hunting conditions. In true Midwestern fashion, nicely aged neighborhoods dot the area, each with its own set of St. Louis dive bar options.

Maybe the city’s best example of a dive bar embedded into its local surroundings is The Hideaway, a squat brown building in an otherwise residential area that features a low ceiling, carpet throughout and a piano bar all within snug confines. The furniture resembles a vintage tavern starter pack, low square wooden tables, curved chairs with armrests, wooden spindles found throughout the space.

On a different end of the dive bar spectrum, St. Louis’ CBGB combines live music and exposed interior features to create a true no-frills divey experience. The bar’s windows open up to a small patio, creating a compelling indoor-outdoor space when the St. Louis weather cooperates. But be sure to keep an eye out for its location, the only indication of the bar’s name a small piece of neon in the window and spray paint on the front door.

And then there’s dive bar specialist The Silver Ballroom, the self-proclaimed first pinball-only bar in America. The pinball table selection here is predictably robust, roughly 20 pieces ranging from vintage games to more modern entries. Most impressive is its location, the first floor of what looks like an otherwise nondescript apartment building, and its food offering that includes on rotating basis Tiny Chef’s Korean street food.

Options here are as diverse as the city of St. Louis itself, rotating out from the city’s center to sample the flavor of each of the area’s neighborhoods. Better yet, St. Louis dive bars are often so embedded into their surroundings that they organically cater to and benefit from the vibe of the local community.

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Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Benton Park

Venice Café

1903 Pestalozzi St
St. Louis, MO 63118
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Bevo Mill

The Heavy Anchor

5226 Gravois Ave
St. Louis, MO 63116
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Bevo Mill

The Silver Ballroom

4701 Morgan Ford Rd
St. Louis, MO 63116
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Dutchtown

The Haunt

5000 Alaska Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111
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Gravois Park

Iowa Buffet

2727 Winnebago St
St. Louis, MO 63118
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Soulard

Cat's Meow

2600 S 11th St
St. Louis, MO 63118
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Southwest Garden

Jimmy Mack's

5838 Southwest Ave
St. Louis, MO 63139
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Southwest Garden

The Hideaway

5900 Arsenal St
St. Louis, MO 63139
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The Hill

Pop's Blue Moon

5249 Pattison Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
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Tower Grove

CBGB

3163 S Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63118
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Tower Grove

Tick Tock Tavern

3459 Magnolia Ave
St. Louis, MO 63118
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Valley Park

Meramec Jack's

100 St Louis Ave
Valley Park, MO 63088
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Other Dive Bar Options

Behrmann's Tavern

3155 Meramec St
St. Louis, MO 63118
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BJ's Bar and Restaurant

184 W Washington St
Florissant, MO 63031
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Bunker's Tavern

297 St Francois St
Florissant, MO 63031
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Claudia's Pub

3322 Watson Rd
St. Louis, MO 63139
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Coltranes Bar & Grill

3 Patterson Rd
Florissant, MO 63031
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Dog Prairie Tavern

2348 St Paul Rd
O'Fallon, MO 63366
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Elmer's Tavern

8 Main St
St. Peters, MO 63376
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Fireplace Bar

3377 Tree Ct Ln
St. Louis, MO 63122
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Foley's Bar & Grill

3522 Greenwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143
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Friendly's Sports Bar & Tavern

3503 Roger Pl
St. Louis, MO 63116
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Gregg's Bar

4400 N Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63147
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Halfway Haus

7900 Michigan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111
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Keeton's Double Play

4944 Christy Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63116
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Lil's Fireside Lounge

2128 Woodson Rd
Overland, MO 63114
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Muser's Pub

6594 Scanlan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63139
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Red's Eighth Inning Bar

6412 Michigan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63111
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Rosie's Place

4573 Laclede Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Sideline Bar

8510 Manchester Rd
Brentwood, MO 63144
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Silverleaf

3442 Hereford St
St. Louis, MO 63139
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Stan's Bar

5007 Macklind Ave
St. Louis, MO 63109
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Stella Blues

3269 Morgan Ford Rd
St. Louis, MO 63116
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The Dry Dock Tavern

780 Lemay Ferry Rd
St. Louis, MO 63125
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The Korner Bar

9801 S Broadway St # 8
St. Louis, MO 63125
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Village Bar

12247 Manchester Rd
Des Peres, MO 63131
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