A strength (and a weakness) of the city of St. Louis is the number of interesting areas for nightlife. While it would be nice if a lot of the bars were grouped into one area like the French Quarter in New Orleans or Sixth Street in Austin, there are many interesting areas where a visitor could would have a very good time

The best plan for a good time in St. Louis is to select one or two areas listed below. Within these Barhop spots in St. Louis – you can have a cabbie drop you off, walk all night, then call another cab at the end of the night to take you home.  

The Delmar Loop – Start at Delmar and Skinker.   Within walking distance: Eclipse, Halo Lounge, Blueberry Hill, Cicero ’s, Pin-Up Bowl, Three Kings and Fitz’s.   Good for:   People who like an eclectic, college-town vibe and the ultra-cool.  

Soulard – Start at 9th and LaFayette.   Within walking distance:   1860's, International Tap House, Carson’s, Llewellyn’s, McGurk’s, Molly’s, Johnny’s, Hammerstone’s, Bar 101, The Social House, Cats Meow, DBs, Nadine's Gin Joint, Sonny's, Tropical Liquers, Shelley's.   Good for:   Beer-swilling partiers who might like a little dancing.   This is the guy’s choice for date night. Also good call for birthday/bachelor/bachelorette parties  

South Grand - Grand and Arsenal.   Within walking distance: Mangia Italiano, CBGBs, the Gin Room at Natasha's, Brickyard Tavern, Upstairs Lounge  Good for:   Folks who like Ethnic dining and don’t mind hob-nobbing with the alternative set and urban hipsters.  

The Central West End – Start at Euclid and Maryland Plaza .   Within walking distance: Mandarin, 'Scape, Bar Italia, Eau Bar, Tom’s, Culpepper’s, Drunken Fish, Sub Zero, Bar Louie and Llewellyn’s.  Good for:  The upscale set, if they don’t mind the occasional rowdy bunch.    

Washington Avenue – Start at Washington and 14 th St .   Within walking distance:   Side Bar, Flannery's, Club Europe, Bobby's Place,Lucas Park Grill, Hair of the Dog, Flamingo Bowl, Over/Under, Copia Wine Bar, Rosalita's,  and Blondie's Wine Bar. Good for:   Singles, the hip and trendy – loft apartment dwellers and dancers.  

Laclede’s Landing – Morgan Street and 2nd street .   Within walking distance:  Big Daddy's, Drunken Fish, Morgan Street Brewery, Lumiere Place .   Good for:   Singles, the barely 21 set, except Lumiere Place, which skews way older and more upscale.  Hard to recommend the Landing right now as the Arch Grounds project and other streetwork have made it pedestrian and car unfriendly. 

Downtown South (Stadium area) – Start at the south entrance to Busch Stadium.   Within walking distance: Flying Saucer, Paddy O’s, Kilroy's, BB’s, Broadway Oyster Bar, Beale on Broadway, Wheelhouse and the Old Rock House.  Good for: Singles, Beer-swilling sports fans, low-brow music fans and tourists.  (Some of the places listed will only be open on Cardinal game days.)

Ballpark Village – Downtown's newest self-contained entertainment area opened April 2014 and is attracting large crowds. All contained in the 1st building are: Budweiser Brew House, Howl at the Moon, PBR, Drunken Fish and The Lounge. Good for: singles, groups, out-of-town visitors, sports fans. 

LaFayette Square – Corner of Park and Mississippi .   Within walking distance:   Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, 33 Wine Bar, Square One Brewery, Sqwire’s, Vin de Set, 1111 Mississippi.   Good for: Date night, the upscale set or ladies night out.  

Maplewood - Manchester and Southwest.   Within walking distance: Side Project, Boogaloo, Schlafly Bottleworks, Saratoga Lanes, The Post Sports Bar, The Crow's Nest and Juke Joint.   Good for: Date night, fun for Middle-of-the-road grown-ups.  

MorganFord Stretch - MorganFord and Arsenal. Within walking distance: Three Monkeys, Amsterdam, Tower Pub, Colorado Bob's. Good for: young urban residents.

The Grove - Manchester Road between Vanderventer and Kingshighway.  This gentrifying neighborhood is experiencing a lot of growth and quickly become a top night-out destination. Within walking distance: Urban Chestnut Brewery, HandleBar, SoHo, Atomic Cowboy, O'Shays, Taha Tiki, Demo, Ready Room and The Gramophone. Good for: urban hipsters and music fans. The Grove is also St. Louis' primary GLBT entertainment area with a number of gay and lesian bars. This includes: Just John's, Honey, Attitudes, Rehab, Ernie's, Siam and Meyer's Grove.

Cherokee Street - Cherokee Street west of Jefferson. Within walking distance: Whiskey Ring, 2720 Cherokee, ArtBar, Livery Company and The Fortune Teller Bar. Other places like Casa Loma Ballroom and the various galleries may also have something going on. Check online or the current weeks' Riverfront Times for listings. Good foor: young "hipsters" looking for the edgiest and newest places that nobody else has been to yet. 

SLU (Saint Louis University)- Forest Park and Grand. Within walking distance: Library Annex and Humphreys. Good for: college age partiers and SLU alumni.

Dogtown - "Little Ireland" of St. Louis. Dogtown bar's on located primarily on Tamm Ave between Oakland and Manchester. Pat's Bar and Grill, Seamus McDaniel's, Heavy Rift, Felix's, and Tamm Ave. Grill are all located in the "Downtown" section of Dogtown. Just a few blocks away located on Manchester are Colombo's Tavern and Nick's Pub. 

Also of note: most bars in St. Louis close at 1:30am with last call around 1:00 to 1:15am. But some places do have 3am permits and those are underlined in the list above. However these do change and the 3am closing times are not every night (some are only Friday and Saturday) so make no assuptions and call ahead.