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I had the pleasure of checking out some really good beer bars in St. Louis with some friends. We were in the area for a wedding that weekend.
What a neat and funky place situated across the street from the now-dysfunct Lemp Brewery (now a business park). Old brick building with a large garage space to the left full of rustic tables, leather couches, televisions, tin tubs for beer parties. Inside the brewpub, there is a massive size bar mirror area with a ton of high quality beers on tap and bottles. There is a large chaulk board that lists all the beer offerings situated under a painting of the Mona Lisa. Really cool. There are see through glasses of the brew VATs and fermenting tanks along with nice rows of growlers. This place receives high marks from me on the beer selections, not so much for the food as it was just subpar – though their menu tries to be different by offering stuff like french onion dip for chips, bacon on almost everything they offered, used flat bread for their pizza – you get the idea. Service was really good. Nice, comfortable, laidback, cool, and beer-centric spot. Thumbs up!
Bridge Tap House And Wine Bar
This neat brick walled and contemporary (interesting mix of character) beer/wine bar is situated right off Locust Street downtown. They have over 50 taps and they’re all local and regional crafts or quality belgians plus an extensive bottle selection. They have any of their drafts available in 4 oz. pours as well as 12 and 24 ounce pours plus the bartenders seemed to know and care a lot about beer. They also have over 200 different kinds of wine as well as a number of artisanal liquors. Bartenders were attractive, cool, attentive. Good stuff going on here.
The Highlands Restaurant & Brewing Company
This place is a nice gem of the Kirkwood area – situated off a nice brick building. Though we sat outside under the shade, the inside was rustic, wooden, spacious. The area to the left was the dining space and the bar to the right was enormous with a large chalkboard with a list of their beer offerings, televisions all over the place, and a nice see-through glass of their brewery operations. Beer offerings are quite decent but nothing mind-blowing. Typical style of beer that fit the mainstream. I had the IPA and was quite good and sessionable. Food was interesting (e.g., inside out guacamole quesadilla) but good nonetheless! A nice brewpub in Kirkwood.