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Thursday, August 11, 2016

10 Downtown Bars That Aren't on Wash Ave.

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click to enlarge Morgan Street Brewery: A good reminder to visit the Landing. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • Morgan Street Brewery: A good reminder to visit the Landing.

6. Morgan Street Brewery

Morgan Street Brewery (721 N. 2nd Street, 314-231-9970) is one of the finest establishments in Laclede's Landing. A good place to eat a hearty meal (the pasta is far too much for one sitting,) and try some of the home brew beers straight from the tap, the brewery also touts a Monday through Sunday 2:30 a.m. closing time. That alone earns itself a spot on late night bar stops downtown. 

click to enlarge Tiny Bar's name is no exxageration. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TINY BAR
  • Photo courtesy of Tiny Bar
  • Tiny Bar's name is no exxageration.
7. Tiny Bar
Bars can be big, small, narrow, wide, even two stories. But most bars don’t make their fun size their raison d'etre like Tiny Bar (1008 Locust Street, 314-800-7218). The RFT's Best New Bar of 2015 sits on on Locust Street, in the lobby of the PR/marketing firm Elasticity, and is only 250 square feet ... in total. In fact, it's easy to miss if you're not paying attention. The small size also carries over to the bar's motif, with a mural honoring pint-size St. Louis Brown (for a minute) Eddie Gaedel. Needless to say, have a drink here and you’ll be getting comfortable with the bar’s friendly staff and interesting clientele. There are only approximately ten seats in the entire bar, give or take a few out on the sidewalk in front. Early bird gets the seat.  

click to enlarge Maggie O'Brien's: If you're feeling Irish downtown, this is the place to be. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • Maggie O'Brien's: If you're feeling Irish downtown, this is the place to be.
8. Maggie O'Brien's
One of a few Irish pubs near the center of the city, Maggie O’Brien's (2000 Market Street, 314-421-1388) is another spot that touts live music and offers a ton of TVs for watching sports, even if you can't make it to the game. Maggie's is open till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday, and 'til 1 a.m. Tuesday to Thursday. While it's a bit of a hike to Busch Stadium from here, it's the perfect distance from Scottrade Center to facilitate pregaming before catching a Blues game. Drinks are reasonably priced and the kitchen offers some Irish-inspired bar food for those looking to have a bite to eat as well. 

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar: For a more civilized place to drink downtown. - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar: For a more civilized place to drink downtown.

9. Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar
A two-story stunner, Bridge Tap House (1004 Locust Street, 314-241-8141) is one of downtown St. Louis's most elegant bars. The bar setup, wooden finishes and stairs leading to the second floor are all striking, with eye-catching chandeliers drawing your attention up to the high ceilings. If it weren't for all the booze, the bar's wooden decor and the ladder used to fetch drinks might make believe you were in a library. Quieter and more romantic than other bars downtown, Bridge Tap House would make a great spot for a first date, with an interesting cheese selection and smart menu from prolific restaurateur Dave Bailey.

Games beckon you to Start Bar. - PHOTO BY NATALIE RAO
  • Photo by Natalie Rao
  • Games beckon you to Start Bar.
10. Start Bar
The newest addition to St. Louis' nightlife, Start Bar (1000 Spruce Street, 314-376-4453) offers something completely different. It's a hideaway for nerds to do what they do best, drink and game. Start Bar is brimming with arcade machines, touting near the entrance the motto, “Coins rule everything around me.” The Wu-Tang would be proud of this new St. Louis institution, which was created by the owners of Wheelhouse. Head down to Start Bar if you need your fill of arcade games, fully stocked Nintendo 64s and pinball machines. And keep your eyes peeled — they're planning a pinball tournament soon.

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