After a devastating fire in The Loop, Three Kings Public House at St. Louis-Lambert Airport, is no. 1, in the USA Today’s poll

Got a layover in the Gateway City, then hop over to USA Today’s best airport bar, chosen by the readers?

I truly miss Three Kings, a very quaint restaurant in the Delmar Loop. It was destroyed by a fire a few month ago, and there is hope of renovation, so we all are hopeful.

However, this just in, Three Kings Public House at the airport is apparently doing quite well. I have been out to the airport recently, but I didn’t get a chance to stop by.

According to USA Today’s readers poll, Three Kings Public House/St. Louis-Lambert Airport, has been voted no. 1 Airport bar. Most importantly, this is huge, because the airport has been seeing a surge in Southwest Airlines’ traffic.

Here is the story:

First-class sips: Ranking the top 10 airport bars in the US

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There’s nothing quite like a cold craft beer, glass of local wine, or creative cocktail to make time spent waiting for a flight fly by. These 10 airport bars, voted by readers as the best in the U.S., serve stellar drinks in relaxed atmospheres.

No. 10: Root Down – Denver International Airport (DEN)

Committed to serving customers high-quality food and beverages using organic, seasonal ingredients and eco-friendly practices, Denver International Airport’s Root Down is a must-visit spot for travelers seeking a memorable experience. With a focus on biodynamic and organic growers, beverages include a carefully curated selection of Colorado brews and a diverse wine list.

One Flew South

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No. 9: One Flew South – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

One Flew South at ATL is a culinary gem that elevates airport dining, fusing Southern cuisine and hospitality with global influences to create a sophisticated and memorable experience for travelers. Twice nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Service, the restaurant also features superb wine and cocktail menus.

Reilly's Irish Pub

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No. 8: Reilly’s Irish Pub – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Reilly’s Irish Pub at Los Angeles International Airport brings the spirit of Ireland with a SoCal twist to this busy airport, offering a cozy pub atmosphere to enjoy comfort food favorites and a variety of drinks. If you love whiskey, this bar boasts the largest selection in Los Angeles, but if you prefer beer, you won’t be disappointed with the on-tap offerings.

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No. 7: Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen – Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF)

Travelers indulge in local flavors and the region’s proud distilling tradition at Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen located in Louisville’s Muhammad Ali International Airport. This haven of Kentucky heritage features elevated Southern comfort food and an extensive bourbon library.

Bar Sazerac

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No. 6: Bar Sazerac – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Named after what many consider to be America’s first mixed cocktail, Bar Sazerac in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport offers an extensive menu of classic and creative cocktails. The bar’s dedication to crafting signature sazerac cocktails that embody the city’s vibrant spirit makes it a must-visit spot for a taste of New Orleans before takeoff.

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No. 5: Whisky River – Multiple locations

Whisky River, created in partnership with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., features an extensive food menu and bar offerings for travelers at Raleigh-Durham International, Charlotte Douglas International, and Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International airports. Those with a layover should try the Moonshine Mule cocktail, made with Midnight Moon original moonshine, ginger beer, and lemon juice.


O.H.S.O Brewery

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No. 4: O.H.S.O Brewery – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

With additional standalone locations in Arizona, O.H.S.O Brewery and Eatery in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads alongside a menu of local brews. They also serve a hearty breakfast until 10 a.m.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

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No. 3: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Nashville International Airport (BNA)

An airport version of the Nashville country music institution, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville International Airport is a musical oasis. Channeling the spirit of the city’s iconic honky-tonk scene, travelers are provided with food, drinks, live country music performances, and a vibrant atmosphere that captures the essence of Music City.

Memphis Made Brewing Co.

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No. 2: Memphis Made Brewing Co. – Memphis International Airport (MEM)

A local brewery with an airport location, Memphis Made Brewing Co. at Memphis International Airport stands as a proud ambassador of the city’s craft beer scene. Committed to showcasing the city’s culture through its craft brews, expert Meg St-Esprit is enthusiastic with praise, “As far as craft beer goes, theirs was excellent — and it was a great welcome to the city.”


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No. 1: Three Kings Public House – St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)

Three Kings in Terminal 2 of St. Louis Lambert International Airport serves local beers and a selection of wine and spirits alongside a menu of gourmet pub fare. The cozy atmosphere is sure to rejuvenate weary travelers.

Located in: St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Address: St. Louis Lambert International Airport Terminal 2, 10701 Lambert International Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63145


Open ⋅ Closes 8 PM


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