The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis

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Rosie's Place
Rosie's Place
(4573 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-6423)
The Central West End is known as a bourgeois neighborhood with impressive houses, world-class restaurants, very expensive cocktails and impossible parking. Though located on the poppin' south edge of the CWE, Rosie's Place is kind of the opposite of all of that. The parking still blows goats, but the bar is more in step with the working-class parts of the city. The drinks are affordable and the rules are loose; patrons can light up a cigarette or stumble in with man's best friend: Yep, you can even bring your dog inside. Rover loves Rosie's, too.

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Time Out
(3805 Meramec Street; 314-457-9112)
Many people know about the Time Out bar on Gravois Avenue near the corner at Chippewa Street, but this Time Out is its laid-back sister establishment. While the Gravois location offers multiple rooms, club lights and a near Landing-like experience after midnight, the Meramec location is just a classic, lazy dive bar. It's quiet and low-lit, with many people drinking on their own or just enjoying a beer after work. There's a pool table that seems constantly in use, and the clacking of the pool balls are frequently the only noise in the room. Patrons here tend to keep to themselves and it's a great place to grab a cheap drink and dig into a good book.

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Jimmy Mack's
Jimmy Mack's
(5838 Southwest Avenue; 314-645-5777)
Located just around the corner from a sort-of classy dive, the Hideaway, Jimmy Mack's is anything but classy. It's rough in every aspect, from the bartenders to the patrons to the décor. But it's also the place to go if you want to be amused by strangers and if you know how to keep your mouth shut. Daytime drunks will stumble into your table and it gets a little raucous at night, but it's all in good fun. The bar offers a greater liquor variety than the average dive, but don't ask for a fancy cocktail or you'll be outed as an interloper.

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Area IV
Area IV
(5918 Hampton Avenue; 314-481-4122)
The square footage is slightly more impressive, but Area IV is considered the sister bar of the South side's Silverleaf bar. And though the front door opens to the busy stretch of Hampton Avenue just south of Chippewa Street, this Princeton Heights bar feels like a hidden neighborhood watering hole. It's decorated to honor firefighters, with pictures of firemen and firewomen who are friends of the bar featured prominently on the walls. There are a few televisions and a computerized jukebox, but that's about it. Not that it matters, really. People don't come here for the amenities. They come for the friendly vibe, the laid-back atmosphere and the cheaper-than-cheap beer.

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The Silverleaf Lounge

3442 Hereford St., Saint Louis, MO

Category: Music

Red's Eighth Inning Bar

6412 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Rosie's Place

4573 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Area IV

5918 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Cat's Meow

2600 S 11th St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Area IV

5918 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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125 comments
Angela Weakley Hill
Angela Weakley Hill

RIP to the best dive St. Louis ever had, Frederick's Music Lounge. Loved that place and the people so much that I traveled 800 miles to be there on the last night it was open.

Daniel Myers
Daniel Myers

Putting this on my to do list. I miss STL

Sheryl Peltz
Sheryl Peltz

My son Jim and my almost-daughter-in-law Maria Rask will appreciate this.

Lace King
Lace King

This picture makes me miss O'Malley's on Cherokee. :( They were my favorite.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Cat's Meow is my favorite dive. Where else can you get hot TJ's pizzas?!?! Love it!!!

Scott Gibson
Scott Gibson

Yay another game of 'lets click through ten pages for ten pictures so that RT can scam the SEO'.

Susan Rader Parsons
Susan Rader Parsons

I see a challenge coming on. Next time I'm in town we are trying one or two of these out.

Bette Latta
Bette Latta

How many have you been to Myles Essick

Jason Blake
Jason Blake

Hey we have a Silverleaf in Springfield (MO). I guess all Silverleaves are dives.

stlclassylady
stlclassylady

I thought JP Corner would be on the Dive List!

George Culp
George Culp

Again!! Nothing like a school bus out in front of a bar.

Jan Smith
Jan Smith

has any one ever heard of a bar called the longhorn? My Father use to go there...

Stephanie Guth
Stephanie Guth

Lisa Bosslet, I'd like to try some if these. I've only been to one.

John Haller
John Haller

The Silverleaf Lounge has been there a long time. My grandfather was a regular patron and I think his friendly spirit may still be there on one of the stools.

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

I agree the Silverleaf is the best dive bar in st louis. But for fuck sake RFT, how many times do you have to recycle a story!? If you could actually come up with imaginative stories anymore, you wouldnt be doing this.

Tim Danneman
Tim Danneman

Maybe time for an updated article that wasn't written on April 26, 2013?........

Grady Lynch
Grady Lynch

"Daytime drunks will stumble into your table and it gets a little raucous at night, but it's all in good fun"... I might have to take your word for it! :P

Drewarosa Rental
Drewarosa Rental

Never the boss !!! Remember that one Jenn grandpa s favorite saying lol.

David Palatnik
David Palatnik

Adam Spielberg Leah Greenbaum let's check them all

Bryan Jeffryes
Bryan Jeffryes

This article is a year old. To lazy to find a list for 2014?

Dawn Waters
Dawn Waters

R U Kidding! Why not you know me and Joe will drink anywhere!

Kalie Long
Kalie Long

pshhh... CBGBS in by far the top dive bar in STL.

Sherie Oberkramer
Sherie Oberkramer

Dee Martin, not any more, but im sure we have been to every dive bar here in St. louis at some point in time. :)

Dee Martin
Dee Martin

Sherie Oberkramer hahaha u and Scott frequent any of these!!!??!!

Heidi Joplin-Donovan
Heidi Joplin-Donovan

Blake Hodge James Donovan Rachel Umbright Conan Berry Dawn Waters Lisa Johnston.....we should all go tries these out!

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Kickers Corner is da bomb. They seriously don't get any better than Kickers. Great food, great people and ungodly inexpensive!

Dodie Pollard Dickey
Dodie Pollard Dickey

Check this out, Katina Strange & Erika Dickey... Cat's Meow made the list!

Paul Byrne
Paul Byrne

Some good spots but where's the 1-Nite Stand, Iowa Buffet or Benny's? Some of the places listed don't even sell pints of liquor to go. Wtf?

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