St. Louis may no longer have a football team (those traitorous Rams headed back to Los Angeles in 2016), but that won't keep football fans from watching the sport's ultimate match. Here are some of the best sports bars in town for watching Super Bowl LIV. Let the game begin!
Brewhouse Historical Sports Bar serves upscale, chef-driven sports bar food like in-house barbecue using locally sourced ingredients, a pretty staggering array of beers, and a bank of big screens. But their killer app is, well, a killer app (for iOS and Android devices) that lets you choose the channel and adjust the volume of the game you’re watching. How’s that for custom viewing? The Over/Under Bar & Grill boasts 37 HD flat screens and even a giant projection screen on the patio (in suitable weather), plus free shuttles to and from hockey, baseball and basketball games. Ballpark Village, across the street from Busch Stadium, is a magnet for sports fans of every stripe, serving up sports action on a crystal-clear, 40-foot LED screen. While you're there, be sure to check out Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum. The Wheelhouse scores with 42 TVs, a wide-ranging menu, brick-and-timber decor and proximity to both Busch Stadium and Enterprise Center (where the St. Louis Blues take on NHL foes).
South St. Louis
But let’s say you like that divey feel. My friends, please belly up at Friendly’s Sports Bar & Grill, a neighborhood spot that feels for all the world like you’ve stumbled into Cheers. Drink specials that come in buckets, a heated patio for smokers, a beer garden with games like washers, air hockey, and more…plus locally famous fried chicken. Kickball teams, parents and little kids, parishoners from the local Catholic church: they’re all at Friendly’s. And of course, the game is on.
St. Louis County
That’s a geographic designation that covers a lot of ground, so we’ve narrowed our list to three: Lester’s, in Ladue, is a popular spot both for its food (pastrami, wings, and corned beef are among the best) and the vast array of viewing options, including 64 plasma-screen TVs and booth-side audio controls; and in Maplewood, don’t miss The Post, where sports are serious business (some house rules about holding tables, $10 minimums and so forth, as they get so packed), but also not so serious business—the “Legend of the Post” is worth a read. In Westport Plaza, Westport Social not only keeps sports fans up to date with lots of giant screens, but let patrons generate some action of their own with ping-pong, basketball, shuffle board, bocce ball, darts and more in a handsome, spacious facility.