REMY’S KITCHEN & WINE BAR
222 S. Bemiston Ave., 726-5757
The Scene: Sure, it’s awesome that the wine list is a 10-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, but try the Bronzed Mahi Mahi, topped with shrimp over French green lentils, and you’ll add executive chef Lisa Slay and executive sous chef Rachel Moeller to your own Top 10 list.
Don’t Miss: Need more convincing? Treat yourself to Warm Apple & Golden Raisin Bread Pudding with brandy hard sauce after work and you’ll get why they call it ‘Ecstatic Hour.’
THE LOBBY LOUNGE OF THE RITZ-CARLTON ST. LOUIS
100 Carondelet Plaza, 863-6300
The Scene: LBD or LBC (little black capris)—this is The Spot to Be Seen. Offering more than 200 martinis and a sushi bar, not to mention cozy curl-up spots perfect for a first-time flirtation or an anniversary toast. Live music on weekend evenings, afternoon tea Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Ohso- elegant and oh-so-civilized.
Don’t Miss: The Argentine Tango on Sunday evening. Been awhile since you’ve tangoed? No worries—the lessons are free.
SASHA’S WINE BAR
706 DeMun Ave., 771-7274
The Scene: Casual, unfussy ambience with more than 60 varietals of wine available by the glass, bottle or 1.5 oz. serving. When your appetite kicks in, there’s nothing like a French Tickler cheese plate to complement just about any adult beverage.
Don’t Miss: Triple Crème Brie, Apple and Mango Chutney crepes, described on the menu as being “for the more daring.”
15 N. Meramec Ave., 726-5007
The Scene: Described by the regulars as a ‘superb’ soccer bar. (Betcha didn’t know St. Louis had one!) The revolving craft beer selection is impressive, with one featured brew showcased each month. (August was Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing.) Owner and chef Jason Tilford takes pride in the friendly atmosphere and from-scratch food.
Don’t Miss: Dave’s Dreamsicle, lusciously concocted from Pinnacle Orange Whipped vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice and whipped cream. Did somebody just yell Score!?
16 N. Central Ave., 932-1040
The Scene: The perfect combo of cozy and bright, with expansive picture windows and lots of rustic wood ambiance. Relaxed atmosphere, with a menu billed as ‘classic Northern Italian cuisine with a contemporary touch.’ From Frank Schmitz, owner of BARcelona just a few doors away.
Don’t Miss: Nicoise Salad with Herb Vinaigrette of Thyme and Lemon Sage—great antidote to the still-hot late summer afternoons.
7754 Forsyth Blvd., 863-5731
The Scene: If you’ve never spotted a pro sports player at Napoli, you haven’t been paying attention. And even if the boys are playin’ out of town when you’re out on it, Bar Napoli should definitely be one of your stops. The drink list will keep you entertained with a Dirty CEO (Chopin Vodka Martini Dirty) or, for a more innocent approach, consider Grape Lemonade (Three Olive Grape and lemonade with a sugar rim.)
Don’t Miss: The separate wine room that can accommodate 30 thirsty diners, or the patio dining next door at Café Napoli, where Medallions Bordelaise might be just the nightcap you had in mind.
26 N. Meramec Ave., 863-8400
The Scene: If it’s an Irish pub you be in search of, the half-timbered Seven Gables Inn is home to Molly Darcys, modeled after the original pub of the same name in Killarney, Ireland. Order straight up from an impressive collection of Irish whiskeys, or try a Lime Leprechaun, made with Absolut Citron and Midori. You might just leave with a brogue.
Don’t Miss: Summerhill Sliders—Mini burgers topped with cheddar, bacon and Irish bleu cheese.
JOHN P. FIELDS PUB & RESTAURANT
26 North Central Ave., 862-1886
The Scene: Indoors or out, if you bleed blue, your next round should really be at this NHL-friendly pub. All the expected and favorite bar-food yummies are here: burgers, nachos and yes, fried pickles.
Don’t Miss: Chicken Mulligatawny soup with apples, and just enough cream and curry.
40 N. Central Ave., 717-4141
The Scene: The word is French for apple, but owners Diane and Brian Carr say there is no real ‘story’ behind the name—they just like the simple and complex associations, and the color of apples. Pomme offers a well-thought-out selection of domestic and French wines, with a particular focus on wines from better vintages and with thorough bottle ageing.
Don’t Miss: Pistachio-Cherry Torte with Chocolate, served with Cherry Sauce.