A combination of inventive small plates in a sexy atmosphere with a list of craft cocktails that’s a mile long. In Taste’s own words, they are “an experience in atmosphere, flavor and service,” and we couldn’t agree more. Another Gerard Craft gem, Taste is great for just about any occasion. Also, we can’t overstate how good both the food and cocktails are.
Speakeasy vibes in a dark, trendy, intimate interior. There is limited seating, so be prepared for a wait on busier nights. In warmer months, there is additional seating on the front patio. More of an adults-only crowd, not very suitable for the little ones.
A swanky, dark restaurant and bar with one of the best cocktail programs in the city. Intimate booths and perfectly made cocktails make this a great date spot and a fun place for catching up with friends.Ted Kilgore, master mixologist (our words, not his) has been mixing craft cocktails since before it was cool. Go to the bar and have him whip you up something unique to your liking. We love the inventive snack menu and the duck burger for chow, but generally stop in pre- or post-dinner.
Speakeasy vibes. Dark and intimate inside, complemented by a warm and open patio during warmer months.
Attention to detail is an understatement. The wine list is perfectly curated, and the cocktails from Morgaine Segura-Martin and her husband, Charlie, are impeccable. They change with the seasons (or at their whim), so don’t get too comfortable with them, but always trust the new ones will be A+. Don’t skip out on the famous O+O burger, either.
This modern and cozy interior is buzzing with life. Large mirrors above blue banquettes line one side of the dining space opposite the bar area. It can get loud when busy, but not to the point where you can’t carry on a conversation.
Gerard Craft can do no wrong. Sardella, the replacement for the beloved Niche restaurant, takes its cocktails just as seriously as its food. As you might expect, the drink menu changes with the seasons, but their team of bartenders can handle anything from the classics to the wildly creative.
Trendy and photogenic, with Mediterranean-style blue tile walls. Sitting at the bar will make you feel like you’re in Europe—or, at the very least, Chicago.
Some of the all-stars of the local restaurant scene came together and had a restaurant baby and its name is Reeds. It’s American cuisine with an ode to the Midwest, with locally sourced fresh ingredients and inventive cocktails to boot. With a great location along the main drag in downtown Maplewood, this cozy spot packs a punch. No worries if you prefer wine to liquor—their wine list will never let you down.
Intimate and warm; the place can get a bit loud when crowded, which is often.
St. Louis has needed a place like Small Change for years. Take Ted Kilgore’s team and put them in a totally casual, no-frills local dive bar. That’s Small Change in a nutshell. Great cocktails, zero arrogance. We love it.
It looks like a dive bar. Basic tables, walls decorated with old brewery paraphernalia, and a classic wood bar. Not too many windows, either. It’s perfect.
Let’s hope Yellowbelly is the prototype for future St. Louis bars. This place is beautiful, with a thought out design from floor to ceiling. It’s exciting that celebrity chef Richard Blais is behind the food, but we’d argue it’s more exciting that Tim Wiggins is behind the bar. He’s slayed at his other bar, Retreat Gastropub, and from what we’ve had at Yellowbelly, he has done it again.
The interior is bright, modern, and tropical. It honestly doesn’t feel like you’re in St. Louis at all—you could pick the restaurant up and transport it to any major city and it would fit right in.
You may be surprised to see this casual Clayton eatery on the list, but their bar program is something of a hidden gem. Those in the know know the name Ben Bauer—he’s the guy that was behind The Libertine’s esteemed cocktail program, and he hasn’t let up since. Grab a seat at the bar, peruse his enormous list of drinks, or just tell him what you like. We guarantee you won’t regret it (though you might regret it the next morning).
Not too far off from The Libertine, if you remember that. It feels a little bit like a rough around the edges Crate and Barrel, mixing classic furniture with more modern elements. During the day, it’s airy and bright, but at night it’s sexy and cool. Like us.