Came here twice during my short stay in St. Louis. Fancier atmosphere though no one cared when I rolled up in shorts and sandals. Friendly staff. Excellent tap list with a large selection. Almost all the beers on tap were quite impressive: Boulevard, Bells, Het Anker, De Dolle, Anchor and then local offerings from 4 Hands, Civil Life, and 2nd Shift. These local offerings were very impressive. Fresh kegs- wow these were good. Food is high end gastropub. Really, you need to eat here or you are doing yourself a disservice. My only qualms were that the service was always slow to almost insanely slow (one afternoon we had one server for 14 tables) and the tap list was outdated for 2 days in a row, which is annoying.
PROS: Great location, great opening hours, insanely good food, good prices, awesome beer selection, excellent local beer offerings.
CONS: slow to ridiculously slow service two days in a row that almost forced us to pay for drinks and leave before ordering dinner, outdated tap list for multiple days in a row. I asked what kegs were replacing the ones that had kicked and they did not know or said that it would take a day to put on a new keg. Are you effing kidding me? NO air conditioning in the top floor left us sweltering up in the loft where the tables are for two days in a row. The server did apologize to us and comped some of our beers since we waited 30 minutes to order our food. Not her fault. She was working FOURTEEN tables by herself.
So, turn on the air conditioning, hire more staff, and update your tap list!!! Holy cow.
If this is what this place achieves while splitting its attention between wine and beer, then I am scared to think how good it could be if it focused only on beer.
First off, the beer range is world class. Tons of stuff from St. Louis on offer, along with other regional stuff, national US and even international (Fantome on tap, e.g.). There is also a broad bottle list, with lots of local one-offs alongside international staples. The menu is lean and solid, with a great selection of upscale bar snacks and more substantial fare as well. Everything, the beer (offered in as small as 4oz pours) and the food is incredibly well priced. The staff is friendly and efficient. The place itself is classic yet modern, immaculate yet homey.
Overall, this venue is world class, and I could see it becoming a notable destination among beer geeks.
Visited for dinner on a Tuesday. Cool older building, bar area is on the main level, with a long 20 seat bar, and a couple of tables and plenty of room to stand around. The restaurant is on the second level, and appears to be cozy up there. I had dinner at the bar. Close to 60 draft beers with a great selection and a handful of beers I was really excited to see. Fantome Magic Ghost in particular. I appreciated that the beers are served in 4 sizes including a 4 oz taster option. Service at the bar was super friendly and engaging, good vibe. Cool food menu focused on charcuterie. They also had several popcorn flavors available - I loved the Wasabi ginger. I really enjoyed this place, right up my alley.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
World class place, completely unexpected in St Louis. This bar has a solid, and I mean solid tap list with tons of locals, and some sought after stuff. They offer taster pours of everything for a very decent price. Food looks light and more snacky, but it is available. Wait staff was quite friendly, and so were the patrons. Top notch place.
A rldowntown restaurant with a great beer and wine list. I scored the food a 7 because my wifeís meal was great, but my pork belly was almost all fat, and my mustard greens were undercooked. Service was solid, and the ambiance was great for a nice night out. They also sell growlers of their draft beers for carry out. Worth a stop, even if my dinner was underwhelming.
Overview: Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar was our second night dinner destination in St. Louis. The downstairs area is mostly the bar and some limited seating; the majority of seats are in the open upstairs area. The upstairs portion was lit by a series of ugly lamps on the right (itís a nice place, but not really my style, I guess); the tables were mostly four person tables with a few bigger ones mixed in.
Service was Nathan... sincerely the best server Iíve ever had at a beer related place. He was friendly, engaging, kind towards my son, honest about the food menu and beer selection and overall just seemed like a genuine guy. When I had nerdy beer related questions, he knew the answer, or asked someone else on staff. I think he gets my first "10" in service. The selection is truly impressive, especially that around 1/3 of the beer menu is Missouri beer. Without boring you on other selection details, check out their menu on their website. Food wise, I have mixed feelings: My wifeís cheese board was the envy of our table, but my Pad Thai was pretty ordinary. My sonís grilled cheese was delicious (made with smoked gouda) but since there isnít a true kids menu here, his meal was ten dollars (and a regular kids meal portion, at that)- a grilled cheese with some chips: ten bucks. So, considering that two out of three meals were tasty, I move on to value... Iíve had similar quality cheese boards elsewhere for $12-14 dollars, and my wifeís was about $20. And: ten dollar grilled cheese. Also, they offer the following pour sizes: 4 oz.; 12 oz.; 20 oz.; 64 oz. I really wish they would ax that 64 oz. pour and get some half pints. The jump up in price from the 4 oz. to the 12 oz. is a bit much at times.
PROS: Superlative service; thoughtful and extensive selection, especially on MO beer. CONS: No kids menu or changing tables (again); inconsistent food quality; pretty murch everything is a bit on the pricey side. OVERALL: If I were wanting to check out lots of MO beer, Iíd definitely come back. I want to like the food, but for the price you donít want question marks. Parking in the area is pretty much all metered, but they do have credit card accessible meters very close by, which is a plus. About $2 for two hours of parking, I believe.
Visited for some local beers, nice small establishment with the bar downstairs and more seating up stairs. Nice tap list with lots of local fare. Was happy that we could order 4oz servings of anything in the menu. Waitress was very nice. Tried about 10 local beers.