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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Mary Clark
Mary Clark

You should try webers on macklind i highly recommend going on wensdays nights n Friday night n avoid the day shift

Skip FourPlay
Skip FourPlay

Larry's Tavern in Wildwood, MO. It is a local institution. An unpretentious venue in the heart of a pretentious locale .

Terri Lynn
Terri Lynn

A lot of you think dive bars are shitty but it's just holes in the wall people like to enjoy and have a great time for any occasion, time out is cozy atmosphere and has pool table, darts, golden tee and all the games plus appetizers and regular good people! #1 in my book plus free pour not raping drink prices! That's what I want when I go out:)

Toney Lowery
Toney Lowery

The Good Luck Bar & Grill on 9th in Soulard. Great new place that feels like it's been there for years.

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Kickers Corner - it's da bomb! Real people keeping it real down there

waytogo2
waytogo2

I am sure the have not been to KICKERS CORNER on the corner of Bowen and South Broadway.  This clearly is the bar to go to if you are in this area.    The best breakfast, lunch and dinner around and the cheapest.  The drinks are as good as anywhere in St. Louis.   This bar should for sure be on this list.   Maybe it is not because it isn't considered a dive.  But it is for sure a Corner bar in St Louis.

Lindy Filla
Lindy Filla

Kickers corner south Broadway. Best pizza,wings, burgers, steaks, etc. You name it and it is the best. Kicks every other place by food satisfaction and price. Oh service is great to.

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Just Bills is awesome we love robin.

Jake Chräjbüel
Jake Chräjbüel

I have a feeling Thomas likes extra starch on his shirts and takes lots of selfies.... on cocaine.

Jude Nibo
Jude Nibo

Not something I particularly take interest in

Shae Smith
Shae Smith

Tick Tock Tavern and The Heavy Anchor

Jude Nibo
Jude Nibo

Are they any fun if you don't drink

Thomas SanFilippo
Thomas SanFilippo

It's the SAME price though! You can't play working man's hero if you're paying 7 bucks for a cocktail both places. The only difference is you have to sit in a place that hasn't been physically cleaned or dusted since it opened and you're more likely catch them pouring dirt DIRT cheap liquor in the expensive bottles at 10:30 in the morning the next day bc you left your credit card there last night and someone directed you to the back to retrieve it and you caught them RED HANDED doing just that. YEA... THAT HAPPENED. "Dive bars" are for fucking working man wannabe suckers who think they're getting a deal just bc of the shitty atmosphere and fellow shitty hipster wannabe clientele. The REAL dive bars, you will never hear or know about. Bc once a shitty place is a "dive bar" they raise the prices bc they know idiots will pay for the novelty. Enjoy your shitty booze and increased likelihood of hepatitis... Idiot.

Jude Nibo
Jude Nibo

im sure Matt Denton has patronized these establishments

Mack Kirk
Mack Kirk

The RFT doesn't seem to know the difference between dive and shithole. Most of these are the latter. Some of them I have seen and would never go in they look so shitty.

Patti Perrone
Patti Perrone

B.J.'s in Florissant, they just had their 60th Anniversary. They have great burgers & food & are known for their AWESOME pizzas ! They have an AWESOME Bartender Sandy, that works 6 nights a week. ( every night except Wed. ) Sandy's the greatest !!! :)

Thomas SanFilippo
Thomas SanFilippo

DIVE BARS SUCK! What is good about purposely going somewhere shitty when the cost is practically the same?!

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

cmwiley2
cmwiley2

You've been to more you just don't remember

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