The 10 Most Beautiful Bars in St. Louis

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Grand Hall. | Jonathan Pollack

Sometimes you just need a drink. And sometimes...you need a drink somewhere beautiful.

We at Gut Check are not immune to the romanticism that comes from a beautifully appointed bar, so we've decided to share our most favorite immersive spots with you. From whimsical to merely gorgeous, here are the ten most beautiful bars in St. Louis.

See also: The 10 Best Places in St. Louis for a First Date

Grand Hall (1820 Market Street; 314-421-6655)
The Grand Hall, Union Station's hotel lobby and lounge, just reopened after a major renovation that has restored the space to its original 1894 grandeur. The soaring 65-foot ceiling, Romanesque archways, frescos, gold-leaf details, mosaics and stained glass windows are an art deco feast for the eyes. And if that wasn't enough, every hour brings a "one-of-a-kind" 3-D projection show on the ceiling with imaginative scenes and historical vignettes.

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Planter's House | Greg Rannells
Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603)
Bartenders Ted and Jamie Kilgore and business partner Ted Charak opened Planter's House in homage to the cocktail. The main room retains the building's original brick archways and large glass windows and is defined by a stately bar. A few steps up is the cozy Bullock Room where bartenders wax poetic about cocktails, their ingredients and history. Just sitting in the room is an experience, surrounded as you are by the dazzling wallpaper.

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Blood and Sand | JustLuxe
Blood & Sand (1500 Saint Charles Street; 314-241-7263)
The bar at the front of the members-only Blood & Sand was designed to be functional as well as beautiful. From the apron farmhouse sink behind the bar to the shape and dimensions of the granite bar top (designed for optimal height and width for the bartender and the guest), every consideration was given for elegance in the presence of functionality. Likewise, the bar menu has been crafted by TJ Vytacil with the same attention to excellence and beauty. The living wall adds a touch of natural beauty.



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Erin McMahon
Erin McMahon

Bar Les Feres , great food and sophisticated swank

Tyler Kiefer
Tyler Kiefer

Hot spot would be on here but it is in High Ridge

Bill Donovan
Bill Donovan

i have been to none of these, dont you think Hot Spot should be on this list Tyler Kiefer and Brandon Wood?

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I don't feel like I'm getting my money's worth for a drink unless the place smells like regret.

Mike Narducci
Mike Narducci

Guess we know where the ad dollars for the RFT come from... with the horrible job they did on the Grand Hall (now a video ad for the Rams), that could be the only explanation for the sell-out.

Brie DiMercurio
Brie DiMercurio

Planters house!!!! Always feel like I'm at home and the cocktails are delicious!!!

Frank Rickert
Frank Rickert

Why isn't Erneys 32○ on this list ? Lol Go have a vodkabox shot for me.

Karla Terhark
Karla Terhark

Great list, I would add eclipse rooftop bar at the moonrise

Amy Ruprecht
Amy Ruprecht

Oooh, like these! My favorite bar is one that makes me feel comfortable & welcome. Right now, that's a toss-up between The Royale and West End Grill (right, William?).

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