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Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674) Element's upstairs lounge has several great features, including a large wooden bar, comfortable couches and chairs, and large windows with downtown views. However, the focus is on the dramatically lit tiled bar. It's the perfect accompaniment to the space's historic roots as part of the restored historic City Hospital Complex built in 1906.
The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-862-2999) The Libertine's beautiful bar is from the eco-friendly commercial furniture line of Mwanzi and is set off by a back wall of white subway tile. The cocktails are just as artful and fun as the space. Created from scratch with fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers, the drink menu includes housemade cordials, bitters and tinctures.
Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) This wine bar is sure to be one of the most interesting ones you'll ever visit. Housed in a former gas station, the original garage door and windows have been retained and paired with new marble counters and modern light fixtures to create an elegant, clean and bright space. Likewise, every drink at Olio is served in gorgeous glassware, often on vintage trays, for a presentation just as tasteful as the surroundings.
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