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Baileys' Chocolate Bar
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 58
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1915 Park Ave
phone: (314) 241-8100
(Place added by: nogoodreason)
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here for the first time last Friday. It's a cool old building. The atmosphere appears to push the romantic theme. Lots of red color and dark chocolate colors. Doesn't have a craft beer pub feel. The beer I had was all good quality. My friend had a very fresh bottle of Two Hearted. The service was good. We were a large group and were well taken care of. The selection is nice but dessert themed for obvious reasons. Three New Belgium taps, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, a Lindemans, their chocolate ale from O'Fallon, Charleville's Box of Chocolate and a couple others. Bottles weren't bad. I had an '08 Cooper's Vintage Ale (although the menu listed the '05 version). You're not going to find a big Imperial IPA or RIS here. I am torn on how to rate the food. My wife and I each had a pizza and switched because each of us did not like what we ordered. The desserts were good and should be for a place called a chocolate bar. If I were reviewing this place as a food/restaurant writer I'd probably score it high. Great martinis and good wine. Reviewing it as a beer advocate. Well, then it's a nice place to have a beer or two.
07-18-2011 12:15:31 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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: 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 |
More by Realale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Bailey's Chocolate bar went silent when 5 (admittedly a bit loud) guys in basketball fan attire stumbled into their romantic dimly lit bar. I noted only about 4 other guys, all coupled up. Got a couple dirty looks from groups of women, but we kept it down.
Enjoyed some phenominal desserts - chocolate insanity or whatever it was called, fudgy brownie, and raspberry pot de creme. Truly exceptional dessert menu. Had dinner at Square One, or I'm sure I'd be raving about the mini pizzas too.
Beer selection? 5 stars, maybe 6. St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap? Ditto with Young's Chocolate Stout? Sign us up! Enjoyed the Kulmbacher Eisboch and -barely- resisted buying a bottle of 2004 La Folie.
This seemed like a great place to bring a date...and yet even with the 5 of us basketball fans in the building we were outnumbered about 4:1 on girl/guy ratio. Nice.
Interesting rest rooms - looks like they chopped off the bottom of a regular door. No men/women signs on the doors, so they were unisex, which I guess makes sense with the largely female clientele. This however lead to a hilarious event where one of our more, umm, "stinky" friends was dismayed to find a very attractive woman waiting to use the restroom after he finished defouling it. Add in the number of great/strong beers we had that evening, and this created enormous laughter once related at the table.
Anyway...our server definitely paid more attention to adjacent tables (all women) than us, however overall the service was anything but inattentive. Far from inexpensive, but I'd go back in a heartbeat. And despite the (deserved) reputation as a date place, I think a guy dressed better than we were and less beer focused (and, let's admit it, less drunk) could do well in there.
03-14-2007 00:02:56 |
More by udubdawg
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$
Well, maybe Im an getting to be an old cranky guy, but this place did not sit well with me at all. Sheesh, it was all about yuppie groupie crap, and not about beer.
Sure, they have beers to knock your socks off, but theyd rather serve overprice martinis and wine. AND tiny little deserts that wouldnt fill a teacup.
On a Saturday evening at 8 pm, not busy at all, - Took the freakin server 10 minutes to get to our table, 20 minutes to bring the a round of drinks (hey, the Youngs Double Choc Stout was tasty) and another 15 to bring those wimpy size desserts, which averaged $8.
If you have money to throw out the window, head here, and have a lot of time to kill.
Wife loved waiting for only TWO unisex johns after a guy pissed all over the seat.
06-04-2007 00:46:46 |
More by Vancer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Next door to 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar is Dave Bailey's, desert bar that is a perfect stop before or after a meal. A well decorated interior with a mahogany bar and veneer behind the bar in the front of the restaurant. A back room with more seating, and a patio in the rear is usable almost year round with help space heaters. A lot of attention goes into his decor.
There are 6 taps and most of the beer is served in the correct glassware from the brewery. The bottled selection includes: Aventinus Eisbock, Caracole Saxo, Duvel, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Lev Black Lion, Rouge Mocha Porter, Rebel, St. Bernardus Prior 8, Tripel and Abt. 12, - over 50 in all.
Great place, and definitely one place that you should try when in St. Louis.
04-28-2005 12:37:35 |
More by karst
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I recently revisited this place after BA nogoodreason informed me that that they had just updated some of the taps, and had Bells Winter Wheat, and New Belgium Bierre de Mars on tap. An early end to a work day afforded me the opportunity to stop by.
Nice space in one of my favorite areas of the city Lafayette Square. Well lit, and decorated large bar area. The bar is abnormally wide allowing you plenty of space.
I was greeted promptly by the bartender, and by the owner Dave Bailey. Nice selection of bottled beers, some hard to find in St. Louis. Extraordinary tap list. The mentioned BDM and Winter Wheat were joined by a couple of taps from Unibroue, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Spaten Optimator, Youngs Double-chocolate Stout, and a few other selections. 2 of the three beers I had (the BDM, and the Abt 12) were fresh and delicious. I had a Delerium Noel that was flat and showing age. Dave is good about fixing those things. I suspect it will be gone next time Im there.
I had one of their mini-pizzas (fig, sun dried tomato, and bacon). It was hot, and very tasty. The cheese selection, and of course the desserts (not sampled this time) all looked wonderful.
This place and Jakes 33 next door are 2 of the best beer bars in St. Louis. They enjoy and care for the beer, and provide you a great atmosphere to enjoy your beverage. Next time youre in town, go to Lafayette Square and enjoy.
02-05-2006 16:40:24 |
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