Thursday, April 7, 2016

The 8 Sexiest Bars in St. Louis

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 7:19 AM

CURTAIN CALL AT THE FOX THEATER | SARA GRAHAM
  • Curtain Call at the Fox Theater | Sara Graham

Some bars just exude “sexy.” These saloons transport you to another place, or maybe just another era. They take you out of the everyday and into a world where anything is possible.

See also: The 10 Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis

1. Curtain Call
521 North Grand Boulevard, Grand Center
The newly opened Curtain Call Lounge presents perhaps the sexiest of all drinks — Champagne — in a setting that can only be described as an updated twist on the lavish Siamese-Byzantine interior of adjoining Fabulous Fox Theater. The bar opens at 5 p.m. on every night that features a show at the theater and for two hours after curtain call. It offers a small hors d'oeuvres pairs perfectly with bubbles.

click to enlarge PUBLICO | GREG RANNELLS
  • Publico | Greg Rannells
2. Publico
6679 Delmar Boulevard, University City
The restaurant is defined by a central bar. Gorgeously patterned, framed in steel and topped by a thick slab of dark wood, it's a wonderful place to linger over chef Mike Randolph's cuisine, which was recently named a semi-finalist for one of the region's best new restaurants by the James Beard Awards. Low lighting from three large yet delicate orb lamps bounces off a large copper plate hung from the ceiling, casting a warm, inviting glow.

ELEMENT | BRIAN HARDESTY
  • Element | Brian Hardesty
3. Element
1419 Carroll Street, Lafayette Square
Element’s upstairs bar features a dramatically lit tiled base that sets a tone for this after-hours lounge. Filled with comfortable couches and chairs, the space overlooks the twinkling lights of the downtown St. Louis skyline from large windows set into original brick-clad walls.

GRAND HALL | JONATHAN POLLACK
  • Grand Hall | Jonathan Pollack
4. The Grand Hall at Union Station
1820 Market Street, downtown
After its recent restoration, Union Station’s Grand Hall hotel lobby transports you to the grandeur of the late 1800s, featuring a 65-foot ceiling, Romanesque archways, frescos, gold leaf details, mosaics and stained glass windows. The bar remains open even though much of Union Station is slated for changes. 

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