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 d├ęcor. 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.

Location Info

Venue

Map

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

Time-Out Sports Bar & Grill

3805 Meramec St., 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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90 comments
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?

Missie Evert
Missie Evert

Carrie Fregalette Amy Amy Wilmesher Fregalette. Ideas for Saturday

Nancy Zundel
Nancy Zundel

Wouldn't it be fun to organize a stumble to stop at each of these! The final destination could be the River Des Peres Yacht Club! LOL! PS: I'll be the bus driver for the event!

Jeff Moenkhaus
Jeff Moenkhaus

I consider myself a complete failure. I have not been to any of these worthy establishments. Embarrassed.

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

Silver leaf is awesome, recognize

Dennis Knapik
Dennis Knapik

Cat's Meow was an old med school hangout....can't believe it's still around!

irwinjes1
irwinjes1

J&a's in the central west end kicks all of these in the balls. It;s so dive the RFT doesn't even know it exists. also, no Iowa Buffet on here...


Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds

As a patron of Jimmy Mack's and friend to two of the bartenders I must take exception with being characterized as 'rough.' I bet whatever hack wrote this is so fugly that their face would make a freight train take a dirt road.

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton

Surprised Friendly's or the Black Thorn in Tower Grove were not on here.

Eric Darling
Eric Darling

Been to highlights a few times, the guys who run it were great to have a drink and chat with, definitely recommend for a laid back drink.

Colin Feeney
Colin Feeney

I live in walking distance of two of the bars mentioned--Red's and Highlights. Both of them very cool spots for sure!

Hank McArdle
Hank McArdle

How many times are you going to recycle this shit?

Rebecca Wagner Smith
Rebecca Wagner Smith

I love Time Out! I used to live right around the corner and wow, was that a good and a bad thing.

Vinyl Bitchie
Vinyl Bitchie

"I Don't Know" should have been on this list LOL!!!

Terry Blastenbrei
Terry Blastenbrei

I wouldn't classify Tin Can as a dive, though it's cool. I literally lived around the corner from Silverleaf...took less than 2 mins to walk there.

Chris Reimer
Chris Reimer

Silverleaf all the way. Pickles in a bag

Charlie Marcallini
Charlie Marcallini

Hmmm... I live in South City and have actually been to most of these places at one time or another... not sure what that says :-)

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