The Five Best St. Louis Soccer Bars

        Proudly displayed jerseys at Amsterdam Tavern | RFT Photo
Come fall, Saturday afternoons are spent tailgating, throwing bean-bags into holes, and watching college football. But early weekend mornings, like 8 a.m.-early, is quickly becoming the designated time for soccer hooligans to gather at one of the fine establishments that will open the front door at such an early hour just so the European soccer matches can be seen live, in all their glory. It's a pretty great way to start the day. For those soccer fans looking for such a place, we've assembled some of the best spots where your kit-wearing-self will fit in just fine.

        Gameday at Amsterdam Tavern | RFT Photo

Amsterdam Tavern
(3175 Morganford Road; 314-772-8224)

The Amsterdam Tavern lives and breathes soccer, with scarves and jerseys from dozens of European clubs covering the walls and every TV showing games from leagues located all over the world (English Premier, Italian Serie A) on all the pertinent soccer channels: the NBC networks for the English Premier League, GOL TV and beIN Sport. Amsterdam opens early so that you, the dedicated/obsessed fan can watch each and every game live. If the weather is nice, there's a large, newly remodeled covered patio and beer garden outside with big flat-screens so you can keep up with the match. A large draft list emphasizing English and Scottish ales combines with The Dam, a restaurant that shares a walkway with the tavern and specializes in burgers and bar food, to offer everything you'll need to last the full 90.

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        Barrister's TV menu | RFT Photo

(7923 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-726-5007)

Barrister's opens up bright and early on the weekends at 8 a.m., or, "if match quality dictates," will open up even earlier -- so next time the World Cup is on the other side of the globe, count on Barrister's. Plus, this is the self-proclaimed "Best Happy Hour in Clayton," with a menu that's quintessential pub fare, like crab cakes, onion rings, twelve kinds of burgers, six varieties of personal pizzas and a "Brie-L-T." There are also seventeen beers on tap, which only improves the experience.

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Why is Amsterdam on this list? Too few TV's and too many poseurs in Chelsea and ManU shirts. The Dubliner (like the Amsterdam and the Scottish Arms) has too few TVs. OB Clarks is where the football cognescenti gather. Far and away the most knowledgable crowd. Tigin is good too.  


Is this a joke?  There's only one actual soccer bar in St. Louis: The Amsterdam Tavern.  A *real* soccer bar puts soccer on without having to be asked , is a place where you can talk soccer with the bartender, get into good, spontaneous soccer conversations with strangers, and is open for any televised (and untelevised, internet-streamed games).  I've given the other places a shot, too, but only out of necessity. 

Barrister's: As a soccer fan who had to put up with Barrister's before the Amsterdam opened, I know their pitfalls all too well.  Go there if you don't want sound and want to be stared at by the brunch crowd.  All you need to know is in the article above: they open early if "the quality of the match dictates it".  What shit.  I called them once to see if they would be open for a huge game.  They assured me they would, and they weren't.  Also, half the time I went in, I had to ask the bartender to put the right game on and give her the correct channel.  Good food, though.

Tigin: Tigin is generally dead, so I don't know what you mean by "true game-day atmosphere".  Maybe you mean a kids soccer game on a sleepy spring afternoon.  The food is good but overpriced (ditto for the beer), and it's far away from most of the population of St. Louis.  Also, it *was* the Chelsea bar for the game at Busch (due to it's convenient location), but it isn't their bar.  Every Chelsea fan I know goes to the Amsterdam.

By the way, you ignoramus, Ireland really isn't that passionate (relatively speaking) about soccer.

The Dubliner:  is a total douchey bro bar.  I tried to go there once back in 2007 or 2008 and they refused to open for the FA Cup Semi-Final.

The Scottish Arms: Nice bar, but not open early.  Why list it?

The only other bar that comes close is OB Clark's in Brentwood.  It's certainly not a soccer bar (since they won't show soccer unless you ask, and the bartenders don't know soccer), but you will run into a handful of soccer fans there.

I'm really not sure if you researched this article at all.  Do you even like soccer? 

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