Saint Louis is a loud and proud sports town, so with football season on the horizon and baseball in full swing, the city will soon be filled with Rams and Cardinals fans as well as fans from visiting teams. There's only one thing better than football, and that's watching the game on a big screen surrounded by friends, food and drinks.
Luckily, the Saint Louis food and wine scene is readily prepared to accommodate Rams fans and others with a place to spend the game in comfort while staying fed and cared for. A living room in someone else's house just pales in comparison to some of the best sports bars in the STL area.
The Post Sports Bar & Grill
One of the most highly awarded bars in the area is The Post Sports Bar & Grill, which has received top accolades from local publications such as Sauce Magazine and the Riverfront Times. The Post caters to sports fans of all stripes and offers flat screen HD TV viewing, fantasy sports, their often lauded wings and a wide variety of beers, both bottled and draught.
There are also happy hour specials for drinks and appetizers during the week, daily specials for certain menu items, and ticket giveaways for the home teams. The Post has locations in Maplewood and Creve Coeur and are often open into the wee morning hours, with the kitchen staying open just as late, until 10 pm.
Helen Fitzgerald's Irish Grill & Pub
If you're looking for more pub style fare, there is Helen Fitzgerald's Irish Grill & Pub, which stays lively all year round. When they aren't hosting live music events, the TVs are set to the big games of the season, and the two buck drink specials keep the beer flowing.
Whether you're catching an afternoon ballgame or spending the evening watching the Rams, there's a wide variety of pub fares to go around. Some of their dishes include their famous chicken strips, hot wings, Irish nachos, corned beef sandwiches and the pub classic fish and chips. You can even take some of the wing sauce home with you – the pub sells it by the bottle.
Stadium Sports Bar
A casino may not be your first thought for enjoying the game, but the Stadium Sports Bar at Lumière Plaza is here to blast away your preconceptions of a bar located at a casino and hotel. This sports bar boasts over 50 plasma TVs, a special late night food menu, and over one hundred types of bottled beers to choose from.
Stadium also serve wings that have been voted the best wings by St. Louis Magazine. This includes their ghost pepper wings that are not for the faint of stomach. They also boast a variety of hand-tossed pizzas as well as a breakfast buffet for upcoming Rams home games that take place during the afternoon. The kitchen is open into the late night and the bar stays open until the early morning. Suddenly, being located in a hotel seems more convenient.
HotShots Sports Bar & Grill
When it comes to a bar with lots of locations all over Missouri, HotShots Sports Bar and Grill has it covered. In the Saint Louis area, HotShots has spots in South County, Webster Groves and Maryland Heights as well as Bridgeton and Saint Charles. They are best known for their big HD TVs, beautiful waitresses and plenty of games to play between innings. HotShots is also host to several regular events, including fantasy football, Cardinals watch parties and pool tournaments.
While the big draw may seem like the TVs and pool tables, HotShots' menu can't be missed. Their full menu includes their signature wings, the option to build your own burger, lots of appetizers, and specialty burgers inspired by local radio personalities Woody and Rizzuto. The food is reasonably cheap, so it's the perfect place to bring a large crowd for game night.
Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar
For something more downtown and a bit classier, it's hard to go wrong with the Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar at Hyatt, just a stone's throw away from the Arch. This bar has HD TVs hooked up to an extensive sports package, an on-point sound system, and a casual but dressed up atmosphere. It's a sports bar in spirit and a high-class restaurant in looks, but it's never snobby.
The beer selection is mostly local – Saint Louis brewery Schlafly sells a wide variety of brew here – and the food menu is a little high in price but also high in taste. There's the standard Saint Louis bar food with nachos and toasted ravioli but on the same menu you can find ale and onion soup, Portobella mushroom sandwiches and a French dip sandwich. The Brewhouse also has their own 'build your own' burger option, giving diners the choice between Angus, turkey, or bison meat.
Wrapping up the list is another Irish-style pub, but Flannery's Pub is a Saint Louis original which has become a regular fixture in Washington Avenue's Loft District, smack dab downtown where the action is. This pub caters to all sports fans, and you can find them all on the pub televisions, from football and baseball to hockey and more. They even offer a free shuttle service from the pub to Busch Stadium.
You can sample what's on tap during their weekday happy hour as well as their weekly ladies night on every Wednesday. Flannery's menu is massive, covering dishes from appetizers to dessert and everything in between. They serve pub dishes like fish and chips and big hearty sandwiches but they also offer unconventional fare such as meatloaf, an insane amount of chicken wraps and mini corn dogs. It's not a traditional Irish pub but they serve to satisfy like they are one.
The best way to find the top Saint Louis sports bars, though? Go out and try one! The Saint Louis food scene is always popping with new bars and restaurants, many of them which cater to local sports fans. You never know which one of them are hiding a soon to be long-term top spot for watching the game and having a good time out on the town.