St. Louis is the home of the Cardinals, the Arch, the oldest Anheuser-Busch Brewery in the world, and some pretty awesome local dive bars, if you ask me. Because sometimes you aren’t in the mood for dress codes, dancing like a fool, or worrying that drink bill will get bigger than your budget, here are five dive bars that are fun and won’t eat up your entire paycheck.
J & A’s Bar
10 N Newstead Ave, St. Louis Missouri
This is the perfect St. Louis dive bar to meet up with friends or to sip down some drinks sans solo. It’s super easy to proclaim a spot as your own and laid back enough to hold a meaningful conversation. At the same time, there is enough feel good party vibe to keep things from getting dull. And with super cheap pitcher prices, you can get enough beer to put down Mark McGwire (another St. Louis Great), and wake up the next morning wondering why you still have money in your pocket. Parking is usually pretty low hassle at J & A’s Bar, you just grab the nearest empty spot at the side of the street.
Colorado Bob’s Ship of Fools
3457 Morganford Rd, St. Louis, Missouri
$2.00 long necks and good times are plentiful on this land locked ship of fools. Suppose you actually stepped on board? You’d be totally at ease, sailor. The nautical theme of the place gives it a summer time resort feel where every one fits in. You might find yourself seated between a surgeon and a construction worker and having a blast. Colorado Bob’s is a St. Louis dive bar offers a great time for those who are tired of the same old beer, music, and pool.
Central West End
In typical dive bar tradition, 34 Club is full of cigarette smoke and neon signs. Some of the regulars have been going there for decades, and it opened over 70 years ago. The best nights to go are when there is a game on because they often host game watching parties with free food and amazing drink deals. For the Superbowl, they served up chili dogs and a baked potato bar, along with one dollar shots. Parking is easy, and usually not far, but if you’d rather not drive yourself home, you can always grab a cab ride nearby.
The Silverleaf Dive Bar
Two Blocks West of Kings Highway, in St. Louis
This one of a kind dive bar is very tiny, with only room for a country/blues packed jukebox, a couple of small tables and the row of stools by the bar. The atmosphere is very welcoming and friendly, and there is a lot of really cool fire fighting memorabilia hung on the walls. It is a smoking bar, and since it is so small, it can get very smokey. Parking is usually pretty close, but the bar is located right in the middle of a residential neighbor hood, and you just park on the side of the road.
Tower Grove South
Even just the outside of CBGB’s screams St. Louis dive bar, with grafitti style lettering on the door and rusty metal window awnings. The crowd is really diverse, and the outside picnic table area can be a lot of fun. What makes this bar different from all of the others is that it is actually open on Sunday nights. Parking is street-side or right across the street. You can also get there by bus or cab.