I decided to suggest a few of the best places in town to spend your Happy Hour while also feeding your creative inspiration. I bring you, five Launchpad approved bars in the downtown St. Louis area:
1. Taha’a Twisted Tiki
4199 Manchester Ave | St. Louis, MO | 63110
The vibe: Say aloha to Taha's Twisted Tiki! This tropical oasis is a rum bar located in The Grove with a $4 shot menu to make you forget all about your worries at work. Looking for a more laid back? No worries! Taha's also has a variety of rum cocktails served in shark heads, Easter Island statues, and pineapple halves.
The Crowd: A mix of trendy Grove regulars as well as businessmen and women looking to kick loose and relax over some delicious run cocktails.
2. Planter’s House
1000 Mississippi Ave | St. Louis, MO | 63103
The vibe: As the premium bar of Lafayette Square, the mixologists at Planter's House have turned bartending into an art form. This bar is equipped with fuzzy wallpaper and multiple cocktail menus featuring custom creations and creative takes on classics. Indulge in new and old favorites while soaking in the upscale atmosphere.
The Crowd: Anyone from hipsters to seasoned bar veterans. Everyone in the Lafayette neighborhood usually frequents this popular St. Louis favorite.
3. Three Sixty Rooftop Bar
1 South Broadway | St. Louis, MO | 63102
The vibe: Sporting views of downtown, Three Sixty is a contemporary bar located in the heart of St. Louis. The rooftop bar is a unique venue with one bar inside accompanied by a DJ; and a second bar outside with fire pits, plasma screen TVs, and plenty of seating overlooking the city. Be sure to bring plenty of money if you come here because although their drinks are delicious, they are pricey.
The crowd: Get ready to see a huge following of Cardinals fans if you go on game day, but it's a great place to come out and get a drink with a view.
4. The Fountain on Locust
3037 Locust St | St. Louis, MO | 63103
The vibe: Embrace your inner kid with alcoholic milkshakes at the Fountain on Locust! Decorated with 1920's art decor and armed with a friendly staff, the Fountain is one of midtown's best kept secrets. The social servers will be happy to recommend customer favorites and even some off-menu items. The welcoming service, specialty drinks, and classic American eats will keep you coming back to The Fountain for years to come.
The crowd: St. Louis University undergrads and graduates can be spotted at the sweet bar, along with the occasional cute couple splitting a milkshake.
5. The Broadway Oyster Bar
736 S Broadway | St Louis, MO | 63102
The vibe: A hometown favorite with an eclectic Cajun atmosphere, Broadway Oyster Bar is your destination for Mai Tais, Hurricanes, and their famous Horny Gators! This lively bar has a mouth-watering seafood menu and an outdoor patio where they play nightly live music. The Launchpad crew tried it out last week, and it made for a delicious lunch! The aromas of oysters, Mardi Gras décor, and happy bar-goers make the Oyster Bar a little slice of Bourbon Street in St. Louis!
The crowd: Anyone with a free spirit or a love for live music and great Cajun food!