A great drink takes time and effort to make — but it can be easily ruined by poor atmosphere. Luckily, that's never a problem at Parlour. The lower-level companion to Washington Avenue's Borough features a cozy space dominated by a large wall of windows, a large bar, and intimate banquettes and tables. The menu varies in range from modern takes on classic cocktails to original creations, both of which are expertly crafted by bartender Jesse Held. And should you get hungry, you can always head upstairs for a bite — although the bar's small food menu is more than enough for us.
It's not in downtown St. Louis — in face, it's roughly 30 minutes outside town — but if you've got the time, The Old Millstream Inn is well worth a visit. Set just off the main drag in a historic town, this multi-level bar and restaurant offers a massive selection of beers — 120, at last count — most taken from small American breweries, as well as above-average food. But the real draw is the beer garden, which is made up of three separate patios, all of which are within earshot of the nearby waterfall, making a relaxing visit that much better.
There are plenty of places to get authentic English pub experience on this side of the Pond — but if you're already in England, why not experience the real thing? The Harp is one of the best places to do so. Located in Covent Garden not far from Trafalgar Square, this unpretentious spot offers everything you'd expect from an authentic pub, including a rich wooden bar, 10 hand pumps pouring real ales, a fine selection of real ciders, and a more relaxed, classically-appointed upstairs for more intimate conversation.
We've seen plenty of places built from shipping containers, but few warm our hearts quite like a killer outdoor bar. Which is exactly what you'll find at The Foundry. Seated next to downhome eatery Chicken Scratch, this casual bar offers up simple, strong drinks and a serious selection of craft beers — many on tap — as well the usual big-name brews and live music every weekend. Comfortable, affordable, and fun — it's hard to ask for more.
It might be a little hard to find — the entrance isn't the best marked you'll come across — but we promise once you find it, the drinks at Bulletin Place are worth the effort. Helmed by award-winning bartender Tim Philips, this semi-hidden spot features a fun, casual atmosphere that belies the seriousness with which their excellently-crafted cocktails are created.
Named after the French term for rum made from cane juice instead of molasses, you'd expect Bar Agricole to serve up fantastic cocktails. And you wouldn't be disappointed. As you might expect, the drink menu focuses on rum-based libations, but lets gin, scotch, bourbon, and brandy join in the fun as well, while the dinner menu covers everything from deviled eggs and celery root soup to risotto and whole roasted duck. It's definitely not cheap, but it's also definitely worth it.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill, & Brewery. There's the views from the second story patio. There's the open-air bar. There's the fact that it's the southernmost brewery in the continental United States. There are the tasty hot wings, the fresh local fish, and the fruity drinks. And then there's the history. Housed in the same building that served as the birthplace and original offices of Pan Am Airways, it played an important role in opening up South America to the North. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, the place is named after someone with some "aviation" history of her own — owner and Top Gun star Kelly McGillis.
Tucked away behind Victory Sandwich Bar, Paper Plane is a like a ticket back in time. This smallish bar's interior is an ode to mid-century style, featuring oversized leather booths, simple stools, warm wood paneling, and a sleek countertop. And while the looks might recall an older time, the cocktails are decidedly modern, featuring inventive combinations of ingredients mixed with the utmost care. Should you get hungry, the food is far beyond typical pub fare, including seafood, lamb, and pork — just make sure you save room for an after-dinner drink.
The hamburgers are fantastic. The decor is eclectic, rich, and inviting enough that you want to stay all day. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. But you're not heading to Firkin for any of that. Instead, you're making the trip to this little spot north of Chicago for the top-notch beer selection, which includes one cask, thirty one draught, fifty-six bottle, and six can options that range from everything from rare microbrews to a healthy selection of Belgians. If, for whatever reason, you're not feeling a beer, they also offer a small selection of wines as well as a full bar.
Okay, so it's in a theme park — but if you're a fan of The Simpsons, you owe it to yourself to make a trip to Homer's favorite watering hole. Located inside Universal Studios Florida, Moe's Tavern is an authentic real-life recreation of the animated pub. Despite the family friendly atmosphere, Moe's is still a bar, serving up Duff and Duff Lite in pints, 23 oz. souvenir cups, and bottles, as well as Buzz Cola for the alcohol-adverse, and, of course, the Flaming Moe for those looking for an extra kick. Be sure to get your photo taken with Barney Gumble on the way out.
It's a hole-in-the-wall, to be sure — but don't dare mistake it for a dive. After all, what sort of dive offers over 120 Single Malt Scotches? Indeed, Birds of a Feather is a Fell's Point diamond in the rough, with a selection of booze that plenty of high-end bars would love to have. The owner of the place also happens to be the bartender — which is great if you're having trouble making a selection, or simply want to hear some interesting stories — the music tends towards classical and is played at an appropriate (background) volume, and the overall vibe is chill, making it a perfect place to truly enjoy a drink or two.
There are older bars in the US, but it's hard to knock the history at the Menger Bar. Opened in the Menger Hotel in 1887, this landmark bar is an exact replica of the since-demolished House of Lord's Pub in London, complete with dark cherry woods, beveled mirrors from France, and brass spittoons. Teddy Roosevelt recruited Rough Riders there, George Patton, Robert E. Lee, and even Babe Ruth have bellied up to the bar, and the bar was at one time the site of more cattle deals than anywhere else in Texas. But what's most likely to pull you in are the excellent, freshly-made margaritas, which taste even better when escaping the heat and crowds of the Alamo just across the street.