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Baileys' Chocolate Bar
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 58
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1915 Park Ave
phone: (314) 241-8100
(Place added by: nogoodreason)
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Well, maybe Im an getting to be an old cranky guy, but this place did not sit well with me at all. Sheesh, it was all about yuppie groupie crap, and not about beer.
Sure, they have beers to knock your socks off, but theyd rather serve overprice martinis and wine. AND tiny little deserts that wouldnt fill a teacup.
On a Saturday evening at 8 pm, not busy at all, - Took the freakin server 10 minutes to get to our table, 20 minutes to bring the a round of drinks (hey, the Youngs Double Choc Stout was tasty) and another 15 to bring those wimpy size desserts, which averaged $8.
If you have money to throw out the window, head here, and have a lot of time to kill.
Wife loved waiting for only TWO unisex johns after a guy pissed all over the seat.
06-04-2007 00:46:46 |
More by Vancer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Bailey’s is next door to 33 on Park Ave. in Lafayette Square. The place’s decor is in keeping with its hip chocolate bar theme- red and brown, "sexy" artwork, and so forth. I counted a dozen taps and about four dozen bottles. The selection is good- an in-house beer brewed by O’Fallon, a lot of New Belgium, Unibroue, some Belgians, English, Scottish, and Germans, and plenty of other US micros. Nothing too crazy, though. The food is good, mostly decadent desserts. The cocktails are interesting, too. The service was all right, but our waitress forgot about the dessert we ordered with our drinks. As a beer destination, this place is a bit overrated. But as a place to get some drinks and dessert, take a date, and hopefully get laid, this is a good place to go. For better beer, stop in next door at 33.
05-18-2011 19:55:00 |
More by phaleslu
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by for 'desert' after a late dinner down the block. Not sure what to expect but Mrs. Kdog wanted chocolate. Very crowded at 9:30 on a Friday but we were able to sit in stools along the far wall.
The entire bar was filled with a chocolate aroma. That is the name, of course, and the menu featured plenty of chocolate drinks and deserts.
I went for a Boulevard Pale Ale while the Mrs. had a choco martini. The hallway where we were sitting was a hive of activity and there were a number of near mishaps, but our server was pretty attentive.
One drawback (possibly the only one) was a lack of cabs late at night. Luckily, we were able to walk back to our hotel without incedent, but the neighborhood to the west did seem a little dicey.
Next time, we'll probably try to get there earlier.
On a lighter note: A larger group couldn't get a table at 11 so they decided to go else where, which was just a well because dad was upset they didn't have Bud Light...
04-23-2007 18:10:41 |
More by kdog630
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
If the typical schnitzel loving, beer cheese chugging, brew-club-stein wielding vibe is what you're after, then Bailey's, I'm here to tell you, is not the place for you.
If on the other hand you're looking for a place to maybe take your lady for a romantic night out, impress some friends with your happening choice, or perhaps just hang out while eating great desserts surrounded by people having a laid back good time, then this could be for you.
...and the bonus, the most thoughtful beer list in St. Louis.
Abt 12, La Chouffe, as well as several Unibroue were on draft the last time I was there in June. Also, they had a nice choice of 750mls with some even representing actual vintages of beers like La Folie and various Unibroue Editions. Plus a fairly hefty selection of bottled beer without a single AB selection clogging up the works.
So I tell you, it's all smiles when your inhaling that first whiff of Ephemere all the while being applauded for having a) exceptional taste or b) a level of romance not expected from someone who loves beer so damn much, and the bottom line is, for St. Louis, it's a can't miss not just because of the beer, but because it's one of the truly cool things happening in our city.
Just go to their site and see the list for yourself.
09-06-2007 04:13:55 |
More by bobzemuda
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
CarlN26 and I only had to walk a short way to get to this place from Square One and why not make the trip, since it was one of the top-rated beer bars in the area? Entering through the wide double doorway, it was a case of Holy Victorian, Batman! The bar was directly in front of the entryway and along the right wall. Both the bar and the back bar were unique in my travels, which is no small statement. The back bar incorporated nine wide, wavy designs in a very dark wood, like stained cherry or mahogany. The bar was pretty close to the same color and it was its width that really separated the patrons from the staff and if the urge ever struck to come across the bar from either side, it would be a field trip. The barstools were wrought iron topped with red velvet upholstery. The dominant color scheme was red and black with a copper ceiling; a brass chandelier hanging above the center of the bar; plus, a multi-panel map rendition of the area on matte-black in grey. Along the left wall was a triptych of Bacchus and his attendants, plus some high tables and more red velvet seats. The unisex washrooms were to the right, past the bar and down a flight of steps into Alice in Wonderland-land. The ceilings were very low and the washrooms featured mosaics on the walls. All of the way aft was the restaurant, which mainly concentrated on desserts, with more of the flocked red velvet décor. I wondered if there were ladies upstairs, and whether Carol Stoudt might know anything about this, but owner Dave Bailey denied everything.
10-09-2006 23:13:48 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My family went for dessert on a weekday evening. It is located in a great old building. Atmosphere would be great for couples. Great selection of beer, wine, port and martinis at reasonable prices. Impressive list of bottled beer including vertical selection of La Folie. Lindemann's Framboise, NB Lips of Faith, Maudite as well as others on tap.
Our server was a little green. Desserts were tasty, maybe a bit pricey. Not exactly a place for family's, but our kids did okay. Definitely worth a visit. A stealth beer place, you could take your wife or date that she would like as well.
03-18-2009 23:40:14 |
More by homebrewhawk
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
On our recent stay we got the opportunity to check out a few Beer hot-spots in Saint Louis. The Chocolate Bar is certainly one of these places with more than enough charm to keep even the un-beer-initiated ensconsced in joy and the 'vapors'.
Bailey's is tucked into a gorgeous Industrially-reclaimed corner of St. Louis, not particularly far from the Bud brewery.
When you step inside, you know instantly that you should have a loved one on your arm. The place is like stepping into equal parts candy shop, opium den, high-class brothel, and swank martini bar.
You are brought cookies. The beer geek inside of you thinks, "what goes with cookies?" There are a few foodies to try - we had the delightful house-made pizza - and then your mind turns directly to beer.
Repeating particular names seem silly now, especially with the warm glowing lovey (and not necessarily accurate) memories of the place. The most important thing you need to know is: St. Bernardus Abt 12 in its proper goblet. New Belgium Beer de Mars in its proper glassware. La Folie on the bottle list.
Only complaint I could possibly register is that the Waitress knew pretty much nothing about beer. Still, she was very nice and apologetic when she brought us the wrong beer.
If you hit St. Louis, you really need to seek this place not only for your beer pleasure, but also for the pleasure of your spouse/lover/concubine/etc!
03-13-2006 22:09:42 |
More by GreenWBush
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 |
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