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., St. 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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167 comments
Kurt Jarvis
Kurt Jarvis

Cousin Hugo's is the best! Not on the list.

Bob Swanger
Bob Swanger

I am embarrassed that I have only been to one

Josh Holschen
Josh Holschen

jimmy macks is one of the first bars i ever went too

Josh Holschen
Josh Holschen

ha i used to hang at most of those places lol

Rachel Holschen Pena
Rachel Holschen Pena

I don't but it definitely was a dive bar but a great time! Just stay away from the mind erasers!

Christina Eldridge
Christina Eldridge

I've only been to two but Cats Meow is 3 blocks from my house so I've been there ALOT. My guy saves the half dollars we get as change from there and puts them in a friends 9 y/o daughters savings account lol

Rick Sparling
Rick Sparling

Have you ever been to BJ's bar in Florissant?

Jackie Schwieger- Adams
Jackie Schwieger- Adams

Rachel Holschen Pena- do you remember when the Maple Leaf was voted Best Dive Bar?! LONG time ago but it was definitely a fun place!

Rachel Holschen Pena
Rachel Holschen Pena

It did say BEST dive bars. Don't think the bars in the county can be as divy as in the city.

Anthony Grace
Anthony Grace

I say no to cat's meow, when the bar owner is an alderman there is something not right!

Roger Herin
Roger Herin

Mary Miller your aunts bar made the list

Connie George
Connie George

Been to 7 of the ones listed! Could think of a few more to add to the list! River City on Gravois (in the county, but close enough to the city) Palladora on Grand, Slo-Tom's and Libby's to name a few!

Beth Barry
Beth Barry

Douglas Cleveland I have only been to Cat's Meow...

Laura Calvey
Laura Calvey

Marian we should make a night of dive bars. Lol

Mark Anthony Jones
Mark Anthony Jones

There are several North Side bars that could have been included on this list...why were some of them not included? Waldorf Lounge, Valerie's Sit & Sip, Zodiac Lounge, The Palomino Lounge and a few others...

Rick Sparling
Rick Sparling

All "conveniently" located in the city. Hey, RFT, ever heard of St. Louis County?

Beth Kroll Hughes
Beth Kroll Hughes

Kelly Kamper-Butler I think I know some of these from the bad bar bus tour! ;)

Ashley Drury
Ashley Drury

Ya know, my sister and I decided to go down this last one night and some of these places are sketchy at best!

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.

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