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Thursday, June 26, 2014

The 10 Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis

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BAR LES FRERES | ALISON O'BRIEN
  • Bar Les Freres | Alison O'Brien

Bar Les Freres (7637 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-8880) Enjoying a drink at Bar Les Freres is almost a palpable experience: You're surrounded by blood red walls, stunning chandeliers, marble tables, rich ivory upholstery and an elegant front window. All combine to create a romantic, French-style bistro experience. The extensive aperitif and digestif menus provide a perfect complement to the lavish setting.

BRIDGE TAP HOUSE & WINE BAR | JESS DEWES
  • Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar | Jess Dewes

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar (1004 Locust Street; 314-241-8141) Bridge was named in honor of owner David Bailey's late brother and violinist, Tom. "I wanted people to walk into a space that calls to mind a subtle beauty, much like Tom's playing, so Bridge is named after the perfectly honed and delicately crafted bridge of a violin," says Bailey. The bar is constructed of dark wood and is abstractly angled while glasses hang from the ceiling, sway gently, suspended on long metal strings, giving the illusion of vibration.

VIN DE SET | SARA GRAHAM
  • Vin de Set | Sara Graham

Vin de Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989) Vin de Set's brick walls and soaring ceilings reflect the character of historic Lafayette Square architecture. However, what is perhaps the bar's most striking feature is the statue of King Louis IX behind the bar, a replica of the original in front of the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. Owners Paul and Wendy Hamilton found the statue in the building during the 2006 renovation. "We have been told by St. Louis historians that only four statues were given out during the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis and currently we know of two statues still in existence, including ours," says Wendy.

801 CHOPHOUSE | SARA GRAHAM
  • 801 Chophouse | Sara Graham

801 Chophouse (137 Carondelet Plaza; 314-875-9900) 801 Chophouse was designed to invoke a classic 1920s New York steak house. The space features high ceilings, dark wood and sumptuous leather booths and bar stools. Immediately upon entering, a grand, oval-shaped bar welcomes and draws guests into the space. Gleaming wood and polished fixtures add to the inviting atmosphere. And if the bar weren't enough to impress, a golden bull guards the entrance to the dining area.

Follow Sara Graham on Instagram at @SaraSunshineSTL and Twitter at @SaraSunshineSTL. E-mail the author at [email protected].


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