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International Tap House - Soulard

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International Tap House - SoulardInternational Tap House - Soulard
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

1711 S 9th St
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63104-3901
United States

(314) 621-4333 | map
internationaltaphouse.com

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Added by redbird on 07-09-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
64
pDev:
8.6%
 
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.33/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Eman17
4.42/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
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.).

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Photo of rodmanfor3
2.89/5  rDev -34.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5

Photo of DCon
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Chincino
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kingjohnh
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is probably the best single bar to go for beer variety in St. Louis. The atmosphere is pretty laid back with plenty of different seating options (bar, booth/table, couches, outdoor). I wish they concentrated less pn putting soccer on TV, but a good number of TV's with good variety of things to view. Beer selection is huge, with well over 100 options in bottles and I think ~50 taps. Everything is served in proper glasses and is clean.

Cool thing here is that even though they don't offer food, they are connected to both Mission Taco and Epic Pizza thru a hallway and you can bring your food into the bar. My only beef is with the service, which is occasionally lacking, specifically at the bar. The servers are usually prompt and polite with decent knowledge of their selection.

iTap also has a great variety of beer events throughout the year. My favorite so far was the Nightmare Before Christmas, where they trotted out ~30 dark, imperial beers and offered half pours. Great event!

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Photo of TheSarge
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of ADG2995
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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International Tap House - Soulard in Saint Louis, MO
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