Olio City founder Ellen Prinzi previously worked for the St. Louis Cardinals, so it probably comes as no surprise that we at Olio City are quite the sports fans. But although sports pride may begin with the Cards in STL, it certainly doesn’t end there. Check out our guide to the best places in town to watch teams compete for pride, glory, and multi-million dollar contracts.
The go-to sport: soccer. For fans looking to watch the beautiful game in St. Louis, look no further than Amsterdam Tavern. This laid-back tavern in Tower Grove serves up a wide selection of craft beers and an even wider selection of “football” games, including the English Premiere League, Italian Serie A, La Liga, and MLS. Bring passion and well-rested vocal chords or get ready to be drowned out by the fervent cheers of fans sitting at an adjacent table.
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The go-to sport: hockey. This homey neighborhood joint is known for their inventive bar food and a passionate love of the St. Louis Blues. Expect a crowd on nights when the Blues are playing--with plenty of TVs, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. As a bonus, SOHA patrons can take to the shuffleboard table if the competitive juices get too strong.
The go-to sports: Cardinals and Blues games. Leave your grease stained jersey at home--the sexy and sleek Basso looks more like a James Bond hangout than your average sports bar. However, with flat screen TVs in every direction, it’s easy to keep up with a live Cardinals or Blues game. We don’t recommend bringing a date here to impress them with the upscale atmosphere while secretly watching baseball over their shoulder, but we don’t not recommend it either.
The go-to sports: hockey and bocce. In the old-school neighborhood of The Hill there is an equally old-school spot called Milo’s Tavern, where neighbors young and old gather to shoot the breeze and drink pints over a game of bocce. Head here to catch a Blues game with the regulars--the wings are half price during Blues games on weekdays. And with the bocce courts in the back, patrons can become local sports stars themselves.
The go-to sport: football. Pizza and beer have been a classic duo basically since mankind began using pterodactyls as a mode of transportation, which is why we can’t get enough of the pint and slice deal at this casual Dogtown pub. If the Rams’ recent departure doesn’t have you boycotting all things NFL, this is the perfect place to take in some Sunday football while hitting the Bloody Mary bar.
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The go-to sports: Cardinals and Blues games. For those who like their sports bars rowdy, Southtown Pub is where it's at. This buzzing South City bar has been keeping customers happy with cheap BBQ and buckets of Bud Light since the '80s. Offering home team specials whenever the Cards or Blues play, Southtown Pub has got hometown pride on lock--and if all that still isn’t enough, the bar also offers free shuttles to Busch Stadium and Scottrade Center.
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