Baileys' Chocolate Bar
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 58
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by Realale:
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well, well, well. What a great treat this place is! Cozy, laid back atmosphere, (mostly) good tunes playing at that perfect volume where you can listen if you want or ignore them easily. Comfy seats, friendly, knowledgable staff, and a 65 offering beer list that includes very few throwaways.
The beers are a wide-ranging selection of domestic craft offerings and well-chosen imports. A good portion of the selection seems to rotate, and there are some vintage offerings beginning to appear - I suspect there will be more as the cellar matures.
Desserts and cheeses are the stars of the menu, though there are small, interesting pizzas and savory things if you want to make an entire meal. Everything sampled was very high quality. One of the prime focuses of the beer list is to match with the many dessert offerings, so there may be a few too many sweet beers for some, but those that are there are quality offerings.
On my visit I sampled a Rogue Mocha Porter with my off-the-menu dessert of raspberry-chocolate mousse filled chocolate cake with a bourbon chocolate glaze. A very nice match, and a truly awesome (a word I don't use lightly) dessert. Then it was on to a draft St. Bernardus Abt 12 - what a nice end to a lovely evening.
Appropriate glassware is provided for the beers, though serving temperature was a bit cold. The latter is a minor annoyance in my book, but I did note it. :-)
Other notables from the list were New Belgium's 2 Degrees Below, some Cantillon, a Fantome, numerous Trappists, a great selection of Germans including Aventinus, and some interesting UK selections like Dorothy Goodbody's and Old Engine Oil. A top notch spot, and my vote for best beer bar in St. Louis at the moment due to the quality and breadth of the selection.
12-01-2005 15:32:46 | More by Realale
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here for the first time last Friday. It's a cool old building. The atmosphere appears to push the romantic theme. Lots of red color and dark chocolate colors. Doesn't have a craft beer pub feel. The beer I had was all good quality. My friend had a very fresh bottle of Two Hearted. The service was good. We were a large group and were well taken care of. The selection is nice but dessert themed for obvious reasons. Three New Belgium taps, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, a Lindemans, their chocolate ale from O'Fallon, Charleville's Box of Chocolate and a couple others. Bottles weren't bad. I had an '08 Cooper's Vintage Ale (although the menu listed the '05 version). You're not going to find a big Imperial IPA or RIS here. I am torn on how to rate the food. My wife and I each had a pizza and switched because each of us did not like what we ordered. The desserts were good and should be for a place called a chocolate bar. If I were reviewing this place as a food/restaurant writer I'd probably score it high. Great martinis and good wine. Reviewing it as a beer advocate. Well, then it's a nice place to have a beer or two.
07-18-2011 12:15:31 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Bailey’s is next door to 33 on Park Ave. in Lafayette Square. The place’s decor is in keeping with its hip chocolate bar theme- red and brown, "sexy" artwork, and so forth. I counted a dozen taps and about four dozen bottles. The selection is good- an in-house beer brewed by O’Fallon, a lot of New Belgium, Unibroue, some Belgians, English, Scottish, and Germans, and plenty of other US micros. Nothing too crazy, though. The food is good, mostly decadent desserts. The cocktails are interesting, too. The service was all right, but our waitress forgot about the dessert we ordered with our drinks. As a beer destination, this place is a bit overrated. But as a place to get some drinks and dessert, take a date, and hopefully get laid, this is a good place to go. For better beer, stop in next door at 33.
05-18-2011 19:55:00 | More by phaleslu
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Here's my take on the Chocolate Bar...
Has a classy, but yet snobby type of atmosphere. I'm not very sure I'm happy or comfortable with it. Have sat both on the patio and in the main dining room and with the chairs and tables so closed together, you would think it would bring people to conversation more often, but no. You end up finding yourself eavesdropping without even meaning to the whole night.
Quality is all fine dining types and is all presented well. There is no issue with their quality.
Service is tough to judge... It is above average but the staff absolutely have no clue about their beer or beer in general. This is fine because I believe this is more of a Martini Bar then a Beer Bar. For example, I asked about the beers on tap and she said I could go up to the bar and look at their selection if I would like... Then after deciding to try 2 of their 12 oz beers, she brings me a 20 oz O'Fallon's Chocolate Ale. No problem, just tough to give this section a good rating.
Their selection is awesome! Whether Martini, Beer, or Wine lover, they can accommodate anyones taste. I will be back to try many more of their beers on tap.
On the food, great! I have tried 3 of their deserts (Brownie, Creme Brulee, and then some type of Ice Cream desert with fudge), and they have all been wonderful. Also had a sausage pizza that was filling (Street in the name) and I recommend it for sure!
Both Times coming here, my bill wasn't under $40, so expect a "bit pricey" check at the end of the night. Martinis anywhere from $9-11, and their beer is $5-9.
Heres my final take on this Chocolate Bar...
My first time here was with my girlfriend and we both split 2 of their Martinis and a brownie desert. Fantastic. Heres the question.. Why don't they promote promote their beers more? It took me a second time coming here to find out they have a specially brewed Chocolate Ale from O'Fallon just for Bailey's Chocolate Bar. They also had two Unibroue beers on tap and then 10 other specialty beers.
Will be coming back and will next time will be sitting at the bar.
04-15-2011 23:27:29 | More by DCon
4.83/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
What an awesome little place. Located in an old brick store-front. The place is small, but the atmosphere was very classy, laid-back, and relaxing. Dimly lit.
They had an awesome selection of foods, though their focus was on dessert. Great selection of beer. I tried several, remembering New Beligiam's Tripel best of all. They had a great selection of Chocolate Stouts too. One of which was served with cinnomon ice cream.
We got some delicious flat-bread pizzas, several excellent beers, and had banana bread split for dessert. It had two slices of banana bread, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a scoop of cinnomon ice cream, caramel, whip cream, and chocolate toffee bits.
Service was very courteous, classy, and quick. The prices were reasonable. I want to go again so I can try some of the menu I didn't get a chance to.
01-03-2011 18:02:07 | More by JayS2629
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My family went for dessert on a weekday evening. It is located in a great old building. Atmosphere would be great for couples. Great selection of beer, wine, port and martinis at reasonable prices. Impressive list of bottled beer including vertical selection of La Folie. Lindemann's Framboise, NB Lips of Faith, Maudite as well as others on tap.
Our server was a little green. Desserts were tasty, maybe a bit pricey. Not exactly a place for family's, but our kids did okay. Definitely worth a visit. A stealth beer place, you could take your wife or date that she would like as well.
03-18-2009 23:40:14 | More by homebrewhawk
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I went here with a friend and loved it. After salivating for a couple of days over the idea of a Young's Double Chocolate/cinnamon ice cream shake, I was not disappointed. I also tried their Double Chocolate and Lindemann's Framboise mix; I think they called it a Red and Black. That was quite a delicious combo. Their beer list was small, but quality and I wish I had the money/liver to try more of their selection. There was a definite focus on chocolate stouts, some of which I hadn't heard of before. It also seems like they always have Young's Double Chocolate on draft, which is a big plus for me. If you're a fan of chocolate and beer, this place is a must.
03-03-2009 20:07:04 | More by jm429
4.45/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Decided to try it out last weekend with my husband and some friends. I was suprised by how much I enjoyed the place. It's small, but the level of quality and service definitely make up for that.
The food was fantastic! Now, of course we had to try the desserts... but their non-dessert items were great as well. The have these mini-pizzas called "pizzetas" which were amazing. My friend's girlfriend and I split the Missouri and the Eighteenth. I would definitely recommend trying both when you visit. Their cheese boards are pretty amazing too.
As for the drinks... great selection for a small dessert bar. I broke down and tried a mocha martini which is usually not my style, but I did enjoy it. The beer menu is small(er) but plentiful. Some of the choices include Unibroue, La Chouffe, Arcadia and Bell's. They also have this thing called a beer shake. I can't remember exactly what it's made with, but it's basically a chocolate stout beer/milkshake. It was literally to die for... definitely a MUST TRY!
01-30-2009 20:17:05 | More by BelgianBrewFan
4.45/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
this place is such a hit. drinking wise, they have something for everyone. my girlfriend loves their large selection of speciality martinis (chocolate, other sweets, etc). the beer selection is really nice and they have a page or two of cellared brews to choose from.
the bar staff is extremely knowledgeable and very quick. i didn't even have to ask for a sample before of a beer i wanted to try before it was put in front of me.
the bar is non-smoking which is always great, and they have the most peculiar little bathrooms in the basement. kinda neat.
01-05-2009 22:55:24 | More by skrib09
4.58/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Headed in after a visit to Square One Brewery because I heard they had La Folie on tap. Much to my chagrin they did not but I was very pleased to see they had Eric's Ale on instead. One look at their tap line and I was impressed. Maudite, 5 Day IPA, Arcadia Wit (plus a few more notable that I forgot) all from a bar that prides itself on it's martinis. Cellar selection was very good. Picked up a bottle of '04 La Folie, and questioned buying many others. They have a togo license as well which will keep me coming back to check on their cellar whenever I am in St. Louis.
All in all the service was impeccable, food was tasty (had a pizzetta), and beer knowledge was well represented in this martini bar.
06-05-2008 23:18:21 | More by wabuson
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Baileys' Chocolate Bar in Saint Louis, MO
94 out of 100 based on 23 user ratings.