hidden gem in midtown st. louis photo by michelle volansky

Hidden Gem is the disco dive bar of your dreams in Midtown St. Louis

This Midtown “disco dive bar” from local lifestyle brand Golden Gems brings their ethos vividly to life for fun nights out with a cocktail in hand. Spread across two floors, the space is a riot of baby pink furnishings, seemingly endless disco balls, and marquee-style signs displaying slogans that might raise a smile or offer timely reminders like “You are a fucking gem.”

A similar blend of feminist wit and empowerment permeates the names on the cocktail list, but the drinks speak for themselves. The Wicked Woman is a cinnamon-infused twist on an Old-Fashioned, while the Smoke Show balances a mezcal base with orange, lime and pineapple juice, agave and Angostura bitters. Order the Bootscootin Boogie for a beer served in a cowboy boot-shaped glass (an unexpected delight) alongside a shot of Old Crow.

Non-drinkers can sip on a Spicy Rita (lemon and lime juice, Fresca, jalapeno simple syrup and dehydrated orange garnish) or build their own NA drink with a range of housemade fruity and herbal syrups.

3118 Locust St., St. Louis, Instagram: hiddengemstl