If you’ve planned most of your trip to Missouri already, you’ve probably chosen which attractions to visit during the day. But how should you spend your time at night? Missouri has a variety of bars, clubs, and lounges that should suit your mood whether you want to party or enjoy a quiet evening with a good glass of wine. Here are three places that are worth visiting.
The Silver Ballroom
Located in at 4701 Morgan Ford Road in St. Louis, the Silver Ballroom is for fans of punk. The bar has a punk-music-only jukebox and a collection of 20 pinball machines that range from the ’80s to the present day. Depending on when you visit, you may find machines based on such popular TV shows and movies as “The X-Files,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Creature From the Black Lagoon,” and “Doctor Who.”
Visit the “Retox Center” to order drinks with amusing names like Sucker Punch and Electric Cat Piss, or try the daily $2 shot special. Fill up with a handmade Australian meat pie or two; you won’t find this item in many other places. The Silver Ballroom is open until 11:30 p.m. every night except on Sunday, when it’s open until midnight.
Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar
Not in the mood for fun and games? A night full of conversation, wine, and beer is also enjoyable. Located at 1004 Locust St. in St. Louis is the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, which has over 200 types of beer (55 on tap) and over 100 wines (20 by the glass).
The food menu is a bit more classy than typical bar fare with its offerings of pastas, sandwiches, salads, and a pickle plate. For the cheese and charcuterie board, you get focaccia, dried fruits and nuts, and your choice of meats and cheeses. This place stays open until 1 a.m. every night except Sunday, when it’s open until midnight.
If you’re looking for live music and comfort food, stop by Lindberg’s Tavern. Known as Springfield’s oldest tavern, this building has a colorful history. It was used as a brothel in the 1880s before being converted to a tavern. It survived the prohibition era, served as a popular spot for railway workers, and attracted well-known rock and jazz musicians through the 1970s.
Today, it’s still a popular spot for locals and tourists. Grab a beer and order one of the Lindberg burgers, which are seared in duck fat. Vegetarians can enjoy veggie burgers (sans the duck fat) or grilled cheese sandwiches. Are you feeling adventurous? Try the burger made from exotic meat: The tavern features a different type each month. Enjoy the live music, and stay until last call. There are plenty of nearby hotels you can get an Uber ride back to for the night.
Missouri has enough bars that you’ll have something fun to do no matter where you find yourself late at night. These are just a few ideas to get you started. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals for ideas, too — they may know about other great places we haven’t suggested here.