The Five Best St. Louis Soccer Bars
Welcome to The Scottish Arms. | Caillin Murray
The Scottish Arms
(8 South Sarah Street; 314-535-0551)
The owner of the this fine establishment, Alistair Nisbet, is a native Scot, so this is about as authentic you can get in St. Louis, which means soccer is omnipresent. And sure, you're there for the soccer, but why not also enjoy one of the best brunches in town while watching the match? It's worth mentioning that along with a strong selection of beer, the list of Scotch and whiskeys is one of the best in town. In fact, it's the largest single-malt collection in the state of Missouri. Though the crazy fandom level might remain low, the mood is laid-back and inviting, and the bar is one of the friendliest around. This is the place if you're looking to just kick back and enjoy a pint.
Bob Dolan, bartender at the Dubliner | Kaitlin Steinberg | RFT Photo
(1025 Washington Avenue; 314-421-4300)
This is an Irish-themed pub on a grand scale -- a spacious box of a building, a huge bar, multiple seating areas meant to handle big crowds. And if you're searching for a place to watch rugby, there's no better. But rest assured, soccer is a close second. In fact, it turns out that the Dubliner is the official bar for fans of Chelsea F.C. The menu is pretty traditional: lamb, fish and chips, and of course, there's a Guinness stew. It keeps beer around for more than just stew, though: grab twenty-ounce pints of Smithwick's, Harp, Guinness and Magner's Cider, or look over its collection of Irish whiskeys -- combine the best of both worlds and have yourself an Irish car bomb.
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Tigin St. Louis
Tigrin Irish Pub
(333 Washington Avenue; 314-221-8666)
Tigín is a Gaelic word meaning "small cottage," so there's some knowledge for you. And, as everyone knows, the best place to traditionally watch soccer is in a small cottage-like space filled with flat-screens and beer. With live matches broadcast from all over the U.S. as well as the U.K., Europe and South America, Tigin has become something of a gathering place for internationals living in St. Louis. You'll find fans enjoying a traditional Irish breakfast (two eggs, Irish sausages, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, Guinness and cheddar bread) on a Saturday morning. Here, you'll be surrounded by die-hard fans, Irish symbols and a true game-day atmosphere, which sounds pretty great.
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