The Best Cocktail Bars In St Louis, Missouri

Photo of Shyla Watson
12 July 2018

St. Louis, Missouri is an ever-growing popular American City. Home to the famous Gateway Arch and countless other attractions, the city gets a lot of tourists each year. While visiting, discover St Louis’ best cocktail bars.

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Taste Bar

With a drink menu nearly 10 pages long, Taste knows a thing or two about making a good cocktail. This intimate tavern specializes in delicious handcrafted cocktails; some are spicy, sweet, tart, or crisp. Whatever your desire, this bar has an array of alcohol to choose from and skilled bartenders who know how to make your tastebuds tingle. The interior is warm with a wooden decor, adorned with lit tea light candles and undertones of red. They also serve small appetizer plates of creative American dishes.

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Sanctuaria is a Latin/American fusion restaurant, located in the trendiest part of St. Louis. Open only in the evening and late night, the restaurant prepares delicious tapas. The space is designed like a 19th-century French conservatory, complete with a gazebo, patio, and gardens. The bar is locally famous for its mixology and supreme cocktails. Not only do they sell a how-to book of cocktails, but they also have an exclusive cocktail club. Pay a small membership fee for discounts on drinks, events, tastings, and more. The card also keeps track of all the drinks you try, so once you’ve sampled everything on the menu, you receive 15 percent off everything for life. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us.

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Salt + Smoke

For Salt + Smoke, the best things in life start with the letter B. Don’t believe us? They only sell some of the greatest BBQ, bourbon, and beer in St. Louis. The BBQ menu is simple, but complete with the traditional items and sides that everyone has grown to love. Check out the smoked wings, pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, and apple pie. There’s also a kids’ menu if your little ones want to chow down as well, but the drink menu is for grown ups only. Choose from a surplus, no matter if you’re in the mood for a wine, spirit or fruity cocktail. However, they specialize in craft beer and bourbons. They have more than 100 drinks on the menu, so if you become overwhelmed with options, ask the very knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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Blood & Sand

Blood & Sand is an extremely classy, members-only parlor. The chic restaurant serves tasty food and deluxe handcrafted cocktails. Their wine list is extensive, and members even have the option to join various wine clubs for an additional fee. The decor is classic, yet trendy and innovative. Membership plans vary, but is a fairly inexpensive monthly fee. At Blood & Sand you’re guaranteed to ‘get what you pay for.’ If you’re just visiting St. Louis for a short period of time, they offer guests entry if room is available. For locals, they offer a trial period to get a glimpse of what it’s all about. From what we’ve discovered, Blood & Sand is all about creating a social experience in a supreme atmosphere. Sign us up.

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The Royale

A welcoming, neighborhood pub, The Royale is a great hangout spot for friends, coworkers, couples, and family. The bar menu is complete with creative cocktails and classic ales. And you can’t have a bar without classic bar food. Try their burgers, tacos, chips and dip, and more. The bar is smoke-free, though there is a beautiful courtyard outside. The Royale also has a DJ spin nightly, in addition to hosting many popular events. Be sure to stop by for date night or happy hour.

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