The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis

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Jaime Lees
The Silverleaf Lounge
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners up in a number of categories. This week: The best dive bars in St. Louis.


The Silverleaf Lounge
(3442 Hereford Street; 314-481-4080)
The bartenders here claim that the Silverleaf is the smallest bar in the city of St. Louis, and that's a believable claim. The entire room holds just a few small tables and a row of stools along the bar, and what also must be the smallest bathrooms in the city of St. Louis. But the patrons are chatty and welcoming to non-regulars, and the tiny jukebox is stuffed with new country and old blues. Don't expect many frills here, but the tiny draft-beer selection and limited cocktail options are more than made up for with the friendly spirit of the bar and the Etta James on the jukebox.

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Red's Eighth Inning
Red's Eighth Inning Bar
(6412 Michigan Avenue; 314-353-1084)
This rowdy little establishment is situated right in the middle of a neighborhood, near the corner of Michigan and Holly Hills avenues. The huge jukebox is constantly blaring, and the people there are always looking to see or be seen. It's a great people-watching bar, not least of all because the modern rock music is usually playing so loud that neighboring tables can't hear you shit-talking with your friends. The bartenders don't take any crap and won't hesitate to kick you out if they don't like you, or hug you and offer you a free drink if you manage to get on their good side. Old school.

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Highlights Bar and Grill
(7301 South Broadway; 314-351-2422)
There's a little smattering of dive bars on South Broadway (just down the river from Bellerive Park) that welcome newcomers and make exploring new establishments easy with their fabulous prices. The corner space occupied by Highlights was formerly called Kathleen's Steak House. The drinks are cheap here, but know what you want because there isn't a drinks menu to be found. It's the kind of bar where people are friendly, but they won't really bother you. And though the bar stools may all be full, it's still easy to get the attention of the bartender. This place does offer something extra that is lacking in many dive bars: food. The pizza selection is limited, but hey -- dive-bar pizza!


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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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