The Five Best Bicycle Friendly Bars in St. Louis

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Diana Benanti
This morning, we got an email from reader Rob, who is planning a biking bachelor party and was looking for our expertise in recommending some bars to stop at. He was looking specifically for dive bars, but that got us thinking bigger -- what are our favorite places to drink (responsibly, of course) and ride?

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5. Friendly's Restaurant & Pub, 3503 Roger Place
Truly one of our favorite bars in the city for pretty much any occasion, Friendly's makes the list for its proximity to Tower Grove Park and spacious bike rack. There's a fine line between "keeping it real" and "straight-up trashy." Friendly's sits just a smidge to the "real" side of that line. And that, in turn, is what makes Friendly's so glorious and deserving of the title "Best Neighborhood Bar." No pretension here, no fern-based décor. Booze comes cheap, except during random times like "$1.50 Well Drinks When the Home Team Hits a Home Run or Scores a Goal or Touchdown" -- when it comes even cheaper. A very capable jukebox blares Guns N' Roses on command, and the game room contains everything one could hope for: pool, darts and an eighteen-foot shuffleboard table. If it gets too rowdy inside, take your bucket of beer and roam on out to the beer garden, where picnic benches and games of hoosier golf await.


4. The Boathouse in Forest Park, 6101 Government Drive
When the weather begins to break, and warm sunshine defeats the harsh cold, every St. Louisan knows that it's time to hit the park, preferably on two wheels, and Forest Park is the crown jewel of St. Louis parks. It's got it all - a zoo, museums, golf and the perfect place to a drink before or after a day of frolicking: the Boathouse. This kid-friendly restaurant and bar allows folks to kick back, relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the greenery. The beverages remain surprisingly reasonable -- though if you're looking for something with more than two ingredients you can't do much better than the Lakeside Lemonade. Still got energy to burn? The Boathouse also offers paddle boats to those who want to take a trip around Post-Dispatch Lake.

Location Info


4127 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Friendly's Restaurant & Pub

3503 Roger Place, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


6101 Government Drive, Forest Park, MO

Category: Restaurant

Schlafly Bottleworks

7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood, MO

Category: General

4 Hands Brewing Company

1220 S. 8th St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Mindi Elizabeth
Mindi Elizabeth

^^ oh look a dumb ass road rage dbag driver that doesn't realize bikes are street legal. Must have a teensy pecker if you need your car to do your damage for ya. Overcompensation.


You can ride to all nine craft breweries within the city limits, it's only about 25 miles roundtrip.

JamesMadison topcommenter

Don't drink and ride.


Drunk bike riders will give a bad name to all bike riders. Designated tandem bike riders are needed for such an outing.

Philip Nations
Philip Nations



@base212assm ---depends on how you define "drunk". If it's staggering, fall down, slur-your-words drunk, I agree: Stay out of public all together. If "drunk" means .08 BAC, by all means pound a few and enjoy the day.

JamesMadison topcommenter

 @Biiker , 0.08 is the legal limit for driving your car on public roads. It used to be higher. That is an arbitrary level of BAC. I was talking about truly impaired bikers. Ones that cannot ride a straight line. Ones that think they can cross an intersection on red with no consequence. The ones who throw up but keep pedaling. Just sober enough to ride, bit not responsible enough to ride. Besides, I was joking around. you are taking things too serious.

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