The Seven Best Bars for Food
Taste's cocktails are matched only by their small plates. | Zach Garrison
(4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200)
Bar food can be fancy -- case in point: Taste. The ever-changing drink menu is one of the most impressive you'll ever stumble upon. Your best bet is to tell the expert mixologist what you prefer. You'll soon be enjoying your new favorite drink. But don't forget Taste's excellent collection of snacks (bacon-fat cornbread) and small plates (barbecued lamb). The cozy setting is both intimate and relaxing -- the perfect spot for a date or to just drink the night away.
(4140 Manchester Avenue; 314-775-0775)
If one spot captures the diverse and energetic vibe of the Grove, it's Atomic Cowboy, the perfect combination of restaurant, bar, club and music venue. The bar offers housemade vodka infusions, along with a full compliment of beers on tap. The menu is sort of an American take on Mexican favorites. Start with the salsa trio or gaucho fries with housemade jalapeno ketchup and cilantro ranch. Grab one of the monster entrees like the fideo and meatballs (Mexican spaghetti with chorizo meatballs, three-cheese blend and topped with spicy tomato sauce). Soon enough the warm weather will return and the giant outdoor space will be unleashed.
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