More recently, our hometown has gained recognition for its burgeoning culinary scene thanks to an explosion of new eateries offering world-class cuisine, ranging from down-home fried chicken and barbecued ribs to innovative New England-style seafood and Asian fusion.
Despite our city's abundance of top-notch breweries and culinary jewels, the options are drastically fewer for those of us looking to score some quality late-night food and drinks. For St. Louisans craving a hot meal after midnight, the choices often seem to be narrowed to the greasy spoon or the fast-food drive-through. Those who desire a drink with dinner will usually have to settle for what's already in their refrigerator.
But there are a handful of St. Louis establishments where the nocturnal among us can gather for a quality post-midnight meal accompanied by an alcoholic beverage. Here's our list of the best places in town to get food and booze after midnight.
Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121)
The first of two establishments by prolific St. Louis restaurateur Dave Bailey, Bailey's Range offers its entire dinner menu, an enormous selection of draught beers, pitchers of its signature lemonade and iced tea cocktails, and even a handful of boozy floats and milkshakes until 1 a.m., every day of the week except Sunday.
Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775)
At this Grove mainstay, Mexican and American pub fare accompanies cheap beer and a dance floor where you can sweat it all out. With a kitchen that's open until 2 a.m. and a bar that's open until 3 a.m., Atomic Cowboy is the Grove's best bet for some late night food and drinks.
Sandrina's (5098 Arsenal Street; 314-601-3456)
A bit further southwest, this 3 a.m. bar serves up a mellower neighborhood atmosphere and a full food menu until 2 a.m., with items ranging from standard bar snacks like hot pretzels and onion rings to adventurous items like their duck confit quesadilla and Ahi tuna sandwich, all the way to dinner entrees including meatloaf and a bistro steak.
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar (1004 Locust Street; 314-241-8141)
Despite their shared ownership and close proximity (Bridge is just a block north of Bailey's Range), this Bailey enterprise offers a more refined atmosphere with rich, woody decor and warm light from gorgeous chandeliers. The bar's selection includes over 200 beers and over 100 wines, and the kitchen serves up entrees, salads, cheeses and charcuterie until 1 a.m Monday through Saturday.
Benton Park Cafe (1900 Arsenal Street; 314-771-7200)
Serving a sizeable selection of sandwiches, salads and breakfast fare alongside a full bar, Benton Park Cafe is the perfect place to grab a late-night meal during the latter half of the week. While they're only open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Wednesday, the cafe reopens at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, remaining open until 3 a.m. on Thursday and Sunday and a staggering 4:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
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