It's no secret that St. Louis likes to drink. Men's Health's countdown of "America's Drunkest Cities" rated us at No. 9, sandwiched between the less-loaded Reno, Nevada, and the slightly more sloshed Austin, Texas.
We here at RFT Music think St. Louis can do better than that, and with that in mind, we've decided to share with our readers ten more of the city's best dive bars.
It's hard to believe that it's already been two years since our last roundup of the best dive bars in town, but time really flies when you spend it getting drunk in a dark room.
See also: The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis
CBGB (3163 South Grand Boulevard, 314-776-3756)
No list of St. Louis' greatest dives would be complete without including the South Grand institution CBGB. For more than 25 years this delightfully decrepit bar has occupied its place at the center of an ever-changing commercial strip while managing to change strikingly little itself. Drinks are stiff and cheap, and the patio out front provides some of the city's best people-watching.
Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools (3457 Morganford Road, 314-772-7564)
At the southern edge of the Morganford Business District, marked by a sailboat and a Busch beer sign, is one of the city's most laid-back bars. Friendly bartenders serve even friendlier regulars, classic rock plays on the jukebox and smoke fills the air at Colorado Bob's Ship of Fools, a south-city oasis where you'll feel like you're living in a Jimmy Buffet song.
Iowa Buffet (2727 Winnebago Street, 314-776-8000)
Tucked cozily within the Gravois Park neighborhood, Iowa Buffet is a neighborhood bar where you can buy a cold beer and one of the city's best burgers for mere pocket change. Their "Hank Burger," named after the bar's original owner, features beef from St. Louis' own Kern Meat Company, cooked on an anachronistic gas broiler behind the bar and served with your choice of toppings.
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