International Tap House - Soulard

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International Tap House - SoulardInternational Tap House - Soulard
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97
world-class

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 480
Cask: N
[ Bar ]

1711 S 9th St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63104-3901
United States
phone: (314) 621-4333

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 25
Photo of 30helens
3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Service here is less than great.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nice wide open palace with a great selection with a knowledgeable, nice BT. Came on the most beautiful day of the year. Awesome breeze coming through with a great atmosphere. Great neighborhood and pulled right up. Met a great, patron that was one of the St. Louis beer experts that fed me a local beer from excell bottling that was awesome, Eric dorm stl hops.com

Photo of GoBearsWalter
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Walked in on most beautiful day of the year. Nice, knowledgeable BT. Great open place. Great selection. Nice, helpful people.

Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Simply one of the best places to go in St. Louis for beer. Small but cozy place, live bands on the weekends, special events almost every other night of the week, 480 bottles available, 40 beers on tap, and a selection that constantly changes. Friendly bar tenders/waitresses/waiters and extremely knowledgeable. Absolutely amazing place and a must visit location.

Photo of RuthIsStrangerThanFiction
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I refer to this place as 'my living room' because it is where I want to relax at the end of my day (or would if I was just a little closer). I have even been known to go there with my laptop in the afternoon to have a pint while I do some work. The staff is great. Very helpful and friendly. I love the space and it is perfect on a cool summer evening with the big door open. They don't serve food, but Epic is next door and has really good pizza and sandwiches that you can bring in (they will even walk it next door for you and pick up the dishes later). They have an extensive list of draft beers. There is always something interesting as well as plenty that I am happy to drink anytime. They have a large bottle list as well, but I am always as happy as Larry to have the drafts.

Photo of bluesfan1181
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There is no place better, to enjoy a craft beer in STL. Over 500 bottles and, over 40 rotating on tap, it is all a beer lover could ask for. The pizzeria next store is actually connected with the building so, they will bring it right over to you. Went there for my 31st birthday as a co-birthday party with my friend. Just wish my wife liked it as much as I did.

Photo of eaglefreak
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After a very long week, I was able to get over to Itap in the Soulard area (cool area). Sat at the bar and my glass was never empty. Bartenders were attentive. Prices were fair. Great tap selectiion, tap and bottle. Looks like they rotate around 40 or 50 taps, including many STL microbrews. Atmposphere was great, nice mix of young and mid-30s to 40. Live acoustic guitar players. As mentioned, no food (the focus is on the beer : ) but you can stay in the same building and grab some Epic pizza and bring back to the bar. Several other restaurants in the area. When I'm back in STL, this will be a MUST stop.

Photo of TheSarge
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I was pleased to see this place was close to the AB brewery after taking their tour for a third time, it was nice to cleanse my palate with some good brew.

When I stopped in, the place was packed with the after work crowd. I'm 32, and I believe I was the second youngest person in the bar, which a mature crowd is my cup of tea I wouldn't dare bring my kids in, which I feel would ruin the coziness of the place.

Inside the place was mostly exposed brick, with a nice skylight to let some natural light in. The place was kind of small, but you could tell the customers and staff were friendly, so no macho bullshit was going on there.

The place was a bit understaffed for the size of the crowd, but the two (waitress and bartender) were doing the best they could. I only goy one beer, and it was only $5 for a 12oz glass of Hop Devil. I can't complain about the selection. It would take me a while to go through 500 beers. Apparently none of the beers come from the big guys either.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

iTap in Soulard is one of my favorite places to drink in St. Louis. With 40+ beers on tap and 500 by the bottle, you'll have no trouble finding something to like.

It's a fairly large place with room to breathe and plenty of large screens filled with sports of the day.

The selection of beers? If it's available in Missouri you'll find it here...especially if it's rare and/or very good. I've found Lagunitas Sucks and Green Flash West Coast IPA from the cask and Deschutes Abyss and Black Butte XXIII on tap.. Incredible!

No food is available from the bar but Epic Pizza is right next store and Llewellyns Pub is across the street. Bring it in, they don't mind.

A must visit for visitors and St. Louisans.

Photo of FortSmithHops
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife took me on a beer trip to St. Louis and several hop heads suggested we go to the International Tap House. It was a tremendously pleasing experience and I would highly recommend it.

The atmosphere is simple and is solely concerned with the beer. This place makes no apologies for centering their establishment on the drinking of fine brews. Expect to see people discussing their beer selections or merely watching a game on the many televisions throughout the bar. You can sit at a bar, booth, table or even grab a spot on a comfy couch.

The excellent quality of service is very important to mention. Regarding the staff there is not a beer snob in sight. Every staff member is knowledgeable and desires to assist you in finding a beer you'll love. Whether you are a seasoned beer vet or a bud light newbie you will find the staff extremely helpful and willing to educate.

Being from a smaller city in Arkansas I can't provide an accurate gauge for the Tap House's selection. However, when I looked at their wall of 40 taps and fridges filled with over 500 different bottles from all over the world I was dumbfounded. They take pride in circulating their extensive inventory as well as whats on tap and so I'm sure their selection rivals most any tap house.

Overall this is a fantastic place to enjoy a favorite brew or for finding something completely new. If you're in St. Louis it is a must stop. Cheers!

Photo of Chincino
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is located in the Soulard section of Saint Louis which is a great part of town in my opinion. This place was very lively and bustling with people and live music.

International Tap House or ITAP had an excellent beer selection and I would recommend this place to any beer lover if you're in Saint Louis. There is a beer selection of over 500 bottles and there are over 50 beers on tap. I got a sampler which included beers from Bells including Oarsmen, Oberon, and Two Hearted Ale, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, and Goose Island. It was very difficult to choose which beers to try because there were so many to choose from. I had to sit and sift through the beer menu before making my selection.

The service here was good despite it being very crowded and a weekend night.

I would definitely recommend ITAP as a great beer bar!

Photo of JRorie
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

iTap is located in Soulard in a nice historic building, pretty nice vibe about the place. 40 beers on tap and tons of bottles.

Selection is great both for draft and bottle selection. Very often they get in rare, hard to find bottles. Never any problem finding something good to drink, at what is always a good price point. They also allow for carry out of any of the bottles you would like to buy.

Staff is very knowledgeable, and very helpful when looking for something.

With this being a 30 minute drive from my house, I would say the drive home is the one downside about coming out here.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

iTAP (as it is known by the locals) is a major beer bar in St. Louis, with 45 taps and all styles across the board from fruit beer to imperial stouts, as well as many locals (Six row, O'Fallon, Schafly) and regionals (Boulevard).

Also represented when I visited where Colorado (SKA, New Belgium), California (Stone, North Coast, Firestone), Idaho (Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness), Belgium (Lindeman's, Chimay, Delirium)...good selection overall that satisfies, but nothing super crazy (outside of Southern Tier oak-aged Unearthly and Hoppe and Bell's Consecrator).

I like their beer menu, a veritable bible! And their cheekiness: "Drink Bud? Try this. Blue Moon? Choose this instead". This bar could easily push BMC-drinkers into the brink of craft beerdom!

I would love to hang out here if I were a local, but the lack of food+big beers+summer heat+having to drive makes this a two-beer stop (they do allow you to order food from any spot around the neighborhood, though)

Service is fantastic. Super knowledgeable servers, both at the bars and on the floor, on top of things and with a smile. Nice, friendly and efficient, what else can you ask for?

The atmosphere and interior are also cool- spacious, airy, industrial... lots of brick. Not your typical St. Louis joint, I assume!

If anything, and even beyond the lack of food (which actually caused two patrons to leave the bar, believe it or not), the only problem I see at iTAP is the price. 4 beers ran us $24! Granted they were big beers, but still.. this is more East Coast price than Missouri. Also the lack of serving choices: no half-pints or 4-oz tasters or anything else but a full glass.

Still, there is no denying this is a great spot. I would choose Bridge Tap House in Downtown as my favorite beer joint in St. Louis, but this comes second.

Photo of BEERME528
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Very neat place with a huge bar lined with numerous taps. Loads of bottled beer options as well. The only negative to point out is that the roof leaks big time. When I was there a very strong storm hit and there was water pouring in through many holes in the ceiling. Other then that, I had a great time in a very fun environment. It was very easy to talk to people here about which beer they were drinking and what they recommend. This establishment attracts a mature crowd who enjoy beer for more then just getting a little buzz.

Photo of DCon
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visiting this place now 3 times, each time was a completely different. Knowing this, all of these categories for Rating this place will vary...

The atmosphere is always great! First time it was fulled with students studying and library geeks. Almost every person had a book in their hands! This was right when they first opened the place. Then, two weeks ago, I went to their Sunday Grand Opening and they tapped both a Schlafly and Urban Chestnut Cask. This event was insane and filled with party people. Great vibe everytime with live music and great people!

Service is always good but if busy, can take quite a while to get your next beer. I suggest sitting out on the patio or at a bar table because the servers are VERY prompt. Nothing against the bartenders/managers on-duty, but they have people drooling at their tap handles with questions about each one usually.

Like the Chesterfield location, their Tap List and bottles continually rotate and always offer multiples of each style!

Pick up a Passport and get started! You get discounts on beer throughout the week and can earn prizes while simply enjoying different beers.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.64/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here last night with my boys for a few brews. Not my first time here, but we stayed for a while and thoroughly enjoyed it. Cool historic location in Soulard, great atmosphere inside. Last night (Friday night) they has some live entertainment and the outdoor patio area was extremely pleasant.

The selection here is off the charts for St. Louis. I believe it is the largest number of rotating taps (along with the Chesterfield location) in the city. Bottle selection is incredible. It would be hard to imagine not finding a beer you like here.

Service was top notch. Our first server gladly brought us a few samples to try and served up my orders promptly.

Outstanding place to have few beers.

Photo of tripelhops
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

ITAP as it's known is a beer bar. Make no mistake about it, no food, just beer. Incredible selection of taps that change often and if I'm not mistaken just about every bottle of beer distributed in MO can be found in thier coolers, purchased and drank on premises. They allow food to be ordered or brought in from nearby restuarants, if your hungry. They play host to many cool beer events. The Soulard location is in a cool, older part of town, just a few blocks from the AB brewery. The inside has a lot more character than Chesterfield, with a lounge area right when you walk in the front, and a really nice patio area with a fountain using tap handles as the water spickets. If you're visiting from out of town, and are staying closer to the city, I'd suggest this location over Chesterfield because of the atmosphere, plus, you're closer to many other brewpubs and bars, too.

Photo of bsuedekum
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I make it to iTap as often as I can which ends up being around once a week. I'll go there on a calm Friday night to sit and chill with some friends, or on a Saturday afternoon to bring a pizza with me (they don't serve food) and eat lunch and enjoy some new beer they probably have on draft. Or even a place to enjoy a game some night during the week. I think they have 40 rotating drafts and 500+ bottles to choose from. I've always had a great experience with the staff as well and the majority of the servers know a great deal about beer themselves so that's always a plus. If you're in the area I suggest making a stop in here, it's the biggest and typically best selection of micro brews in the area. If only 2 or 3 kegs of a specialty brew makes it to the city, most likely iTap is one of the bars that lands these kegs from distributors (i.e. BCSCS, BCSVS, FW14, Abacus, KBS, Stone '08 BBA IRS, etc.).

Photo of phaleslu
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

International Tap House (iTap) is finally in the city. I am never out in Chesterfield, nor would I want to make the 35 minute drive out there just to try it and have to drive back drunk. The new place is a nice rehab of an old Soulard building with a modern interior and nice patio on the side. The tap list is ever-changing- 8 new ones were added the day I first visited- and the bottle selection is easily the best of any bar in the city. If you can legally sell any particular brewer’s stuff in Missouri, this place has it. The bartenders seemed friendly and knowledgeable. They don’t serve food here, which sucks, and they don’t have any wine or liquor, which doesn’t matter to beer drinkers here. You can order food from outside for delivery, though, so they keep some menus at the bar. Great place, and I will be visiting here a lot.

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

iTap Soulard is an esthetically pretty location with great loft ceilings, exposed brick, and their logo spanning a whole wall made entirely of bottle caps (I marvel at this every time I go in). They also have an outdoor area that's available for parties and is great when the weather is nicer.

Bar stools are comfortable and the taps and refrigerators are conveniently are cleverly situated to run the entire length of the bar. They smartly let their product sell itself. The bartenders are mostly very knowledgeable. There are plenty of flatscreen TVs that show St Louis teams as well as other major (including Euro futbol) and NCAA games. Only complaint is their list of taps is haphazardly places off to an extreme left of the bar and seems to be a forgotten addition. So most become really reliant on their menus (which are really clever [If you drink Shock Top you should try....] and descriptive [type, region, abv, size]).

The selection is really good. A nice mix of local, regional craft, and international taps as well as bottles. It was light on IPAs when I recently went, but that's because St Patrick's Day was later the next week. They also mostly serve their beers in proper glassware, but some are still served in pint glasses.

Only complaint is that it's slightly expensive at times. Baseline price for a pint was 5, but some can reach up to 7 for higher ABV or more unique beers (lambics). But once you're past that, it's well worth going to again and again.

Photo of sprucetip
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

World class, in a nutshell. 40 taps, 500 bottles, and the bottles are available for consumption on site at bar prices or to go at retail prices. No food, but you can bring it in.

Spacious and comfortable with lots of exposed brick, and a long bar. Some high tables with chairs and booth like seating in some places, and some little corner hideaway coveys with booth like zones and low tables. A few larger oversized/overstuffed chairs in other places. Lots of flat screen TV's, but the sound was off earlier, and kept low during the football game so it wouldn't overwhelm those aren't into it.

The menu is in a thick binder with some suggestions "if you normally drink BMC, try this" etc, for folks who are disoriented by or unfamiliar with the awesome selection. There was also some basic beer education materials before the draft and bottle lists.

A 5 brew sampler paddle cost $13, and I think they were 4 oz samples, but the price was the same for Mikkeller and the Beast as it was for more readily available and less costly brews. That was the only price that could remotely be considered pricey, though I think it is fair for what you get. A 10oz Expedition or 12oz Oak Yeti were $6. Everything we had was good and clean, served in proper glassware and pretty close to proper temp. The selection was super solid across the board, with quite a few relatively rare or special brews. The night we were there (a Monday), half the taps were half priced after 8.

It would be silly not to check this place out if you had the chance.

Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a recently opened beer bar in the Soulard neighborhood, 5 minutes south of Busch Stadium/downtown. It is a cool renovated building with tons of exposed brick, black leather sitting, and semi-low lighting. There is also an outdoor beer garden with a cool tap handle fountain.

There are 40 taps and about 500 bottles. Prices are about what I would expect to pay - anywhere from 4ish to 7ish, depending on the beer. They always have multiple limited releases, seasonals, one-offs, and beers that very rarely come to Missouri (even the US). Some recent examples of what I have had/seen on-tap there is Cantillon Iris and Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout. So clearly this is a destination place for beer lovers coming to St Louis.

The only thing I dislike about this place is the food options. They serve absolutely no food, but you can order from neighboring restaurants and/or bring in your own food, which is both good and bad. I usually enjoy some sort of small appetizer when drinking, and ordering from other places can be a pain in the ass sometimes.

If you live in St Louis and haven't been - go. If you are coming in town for a Cards game - go.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

decent size joint that really plays off the urban city look. lots of exposed brick, classic bar look, flat screen tv's, and tap handles.

proper glasses were used for pours. glasses are always rinsed pre-pour. place was clean up and down.

they have 500 beers, 40 on tap. if you knock the selection, you are an idiot.

prices are reasonable, they have specials and some that cost a bit more. overall, no complaints.

this is my favorite of the two locations although parking could suck. lots of food places around.

Photo of redbird
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is pretty much just like Chesterfield location, with one added bonus: it's not in Chesterfield. Being in Soulard not only makes it more accessible, but provides more opportunity to bar hop, more food choices, etc.

More space than the Chesterfield location, but similar setup with black leather chairs and bar stools. Tons of TVs make it a great place to watch a game (although not open on Sundays currently). They also have a nice long patio.

This place also offers like 40 taps that are always changing, and any special kegs that make it STL, iTap will get. Also tons of bottles that you can drink in house or take to go. No food here, but plenty of options to get delivered there, or you can pick up and bring in (Llywelyn's is right across the street).

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.06/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Have been wanting to go to this place since it opened in Soulard.

Finally went to catch some football and some beers on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

The inside is basically all brick 'cuz it is housed in this historic building in Soulard. As you walk in the room is a rectangular elongated space that is quite open and easy to move through. The bar area is in the middle of the room and it does kind off create a bottleneck around that area. The bar is a nice dark wood and is obviously quite new. This place has been open only a couple of months. The back of the bar has two cooler areas that are divided by the wall of 40 taps. Very nice and clean look. There are enough TVS around to keep one entertained.

The quality of brew is good for St. Louis. You can get pretty much anything that is available at the bottle shops and some nice surprises on draft (some Arcadia ales). The bottle selection is great with most of the Belgians that are available in the area.

Service was good as well. The servers don't seem to be to knowledgable but they are friendly enough. I guess with experience they will get a bit more knowledgable.

Overall I was way excited about coming to this place because of the extensive draft selection. I was not disappointed and I am excited because this place is on my way home from work.

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International Tap House - Soulard in Saint Louis, MO
97 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.