The Bleeding Deacon

3 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

4123 Chippewa St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63116-3614
United States

(314) 772-1813

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Added by gemutlichkeit on 02-19-2009

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

So this place is low-key, under the radar or whatever you want to call it. So much so that it escaped me for about a year even in my own neighborhood. Im happy to announce thought that it is my favorite watering hole in St. Louis.

The place is dark and I bet it used to be smokey before they passed "The Ordinance". There is a short wooden bar that you quickly run in to as you walk through the front door. the bar is cozy and quite old it seems which gives it character and appeal. The bar is surrounded by about 4 high rise tables and then those are surrounded by about 3 o 4 booths. Further along you can see the kitchen window with an even darker and smokier (from the kitchen) dinning room that has tables and a couple of booths.

The quality of beer seems to have been improving. They have a very large bottle collection including many Belgians and local and midwestern crafts. On tap they had about 10 beers including some regulars such as , Guinness, PBR, High Life but also had some craft offerings from O'Fallon Brewery (5 Day IPA), Founders (Reds Rye PA), New Belgium amongst others. They also appear to be bringing in a much larger bottle selection than before.

The service was excellent. Not annoying but attentive. Right on time with questions about refills and just one or two: "is everything ok" inquiries.

Food was delicious and served promptly. I highly recommend the chips and salsa and the Father and Son Sandwich. Their Roast Beef Dinner also sounds amazing.

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Photo of phaleslu
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Bleeding Deacon is a cool twist on an old south St. Louis bar on Chippewa just west of Gravois. The inside is low-lit and grungy in just the right way and the crowd tends to be fairly young and hip. The beer list is scribbled up on a chalkboard; 16 taps include Schlafly, New Belgium, O’Fallon, a couple Belgians, and standards. 40 or so bottles and cans include Boulevard, Founders, Hitachino, Lagunitas, Unibroue, North Coast, Big Sky, and a few more. The service was very good, basically just a cook and bartender when we were there but both were friendly. The food is pretty good, not quite as good as I heard but I’ll go back and try something new next time.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Send your Mistress to the Deacon

On Tap: Schlafly APA & Hefe, Guinness and PBR.

In Bottles/Cans: Duvel, SN Pale Ale, Modelo, Kaliber, LH Milk Stout, Maudite & Trois Pistoles, HeBrew's Genesis & Messiah, Smithwicks, Stag, Monty Python's Holy Grail, Lindemans Frambois, Strongbow Cider, Beamish, O'Fallon 5, Shiner Bock, Stella, Delirium Tremins, Amstel, Red Stripe, Lone Star, St. Pete's Organic & Porter, Strohs, Newcastel, MGD, Miller Lite, Scrimshaw Pilsner and Bell's 3rd Coast Ale.

From the outside the Bleeding Deacon looks like either an old man's bar, or a private mens club. Once inside it's clear that this place has definitely been a bar for many years, now converted to appeal to a younger local crowd. A crowd that prefers a low key, smoky, dark dive for a hangout. There's an old wooden bar with a brass foot rail that seats about 10, while small tables and a handful of booths provide alternate seating. Vodka offerings appear to dominate the bar's liquor selection and ice cold Jagermeister shots are available on tap. There's a DVD jukebox around back but tonight it's just a little too slow, so the barkeep ops to provide his own selection of decent tunes.

Mike, the bartender/part owner, is super friendly and attentive. He tells me they plan to expand into the upstairs in the fall and that the food is one of their main draws (since I already ate I didn't try the food). There are no TVs in the place as the owner is content to just focus on drinks and food. The Deason has only been open about six months but the building itself dates back to 1926. Mike's certain the place has been a bar since at least the end of prohibition.

This is an out of the way local's bar, that would be ideal for a clandestine rendezvous with a mistress or an undercover payoff to the local authorities.

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The Bleeding Deacon in Saint Louis, MO
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