Best Soccer Bar - 2009
Soccer may still be catching on in the rest of the country (for the past 30 years and counting), but St. Louis has long been infatuated with the beautiful game. Amsterdam Tavern opened earlier this year on Tower Grove South's bustling row of bars and restaurants, and it's a stellar addition to the city's already impressive roster of soccer-friendly establishments. Unlike most other places, though, football comes first at the Amsterdam. Scarves from dozens of European clubs decorate the walls (Arsenal and, of course, the Dutch club Ajax get the most prominent displays) along with memorabilia from Saint Louis University soccer and other historic local teams. There's no bar food available, but the selection of draft and bottled beer is ample. Best of all, the Amsterdam, like most places in Europe, where fútbol has always been king, prohibits smoking inside the tiny bar (smokers can puff to their lungs' delight on the massive outdoor patio). As for that other type of smoking the city of Amsterdam is known for, the only homage is a badass picture of Bob Marley decked out in soccer gear.