Meeting up with friends for some tasty adult beverages this holiday season? Don’t settle for an ordinary evening at the usual place. St. Louis has several festive options that will delight you and your drinking buddies. Give one of these a try.
Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
1915 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
Nothing says “holidays” like sweet treats, and Bailey’s Chocolate Bar is a chocolate lover’s dream locale for a sweet snack and a nightcap. Several dozen varieties of chocolate martini are the centerpiece of Bailey’s men, but you’ll find beer, spirits, wine and champagne as well. Snacks and desserts are available, too. The Lafayette Square location is charming, and puts you close to other trendy pubs, and just a few blocks away from all of Soulard in case you decide to take your party on the move.
Mosaic Modern Fusion
1001 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101
Washington Avenue has emerged as one of the trendiest spots in the STL, and Mosaic is a cornerstone for the neighborhood. This intimate space is perfect for meeting a few close friends for conversation. Mosaic is a fusion tapas bar, where you can accompany your cocktail with small plates of creative cuisine. Try the sangria while you’re here, and sit by a window so you can enjoy the impromptu fashion parade on the sidewalk.
2280 S Jefferson Ave.
St Louis, MO 63104
Most St. Louis piano bars are of the “dueling piano” variety, filled with rowdy bachelorette bashes and loud birthday parties. Keypers is more old-school. It’s a low-key piano bar where patrons gather around the piano to belt out showtunes, torch songs and other sing-along classics. Why not bond over your favorite christmas carols as well? Snacks are limited to nachos, pizza and dollar sandwiches, so plan on having dinner first.
Fox & Hounds Tavern At The Cheshire Inn
6300 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
When the weather outside is frightful, a cozy wing chair in front of the fire at Fox and Hounds Tavern is the perfect place to sip a cocktail. The warm, comforting room is decidedly masculine, evoking the gathering room of an historic English home where the host might treat you to a brandy after the hunt. Order a yard of ale or try one of the dozens of whiskeys on offer. A menu of tasty snacks will satisfy your hunger, and there’s live music in the bar on weekends.
6191 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
If you’re looking for some lively fun with personality this holiday season, try Pin-Up Bowl on Delmar. Vintage bowling alleys and a retro martini bar satisfy your thirst for personality. The drink menu features modern and classic cocktails, imported and craft beers and icy shots of Jager. While you’re resting up from your busy holiday schedule, you can nosh on hummus, nachos, toasted ravioli or pop-tarts. The Loop location puts you very close to other great sources of St. Louis nightlife as well, like the Eclipse bar at the Moonrise hotel next door, or the Three Kings Pub on the other side of Skinker.
Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com