Alton has got a rich history, nice architecture, some regional landmarks and if you are looking for something to get into, you won’t be disappointed for there are some nice watering holes to dive into. Here is a useful little list of some of the best bars that Alton has to offer.
10 Best Alton Bars
For coffees and beer
📍 Address: 617 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (314) 667-4751
🕐 Hours: 6 am – 6 pm Mon-Fri, 7 am – 6 pm Sat & Sun
This place is a coffee shop during the day, and a craft beer taproom which is self-serving, by evening. The upstairs space is perfect for important meetings. A little patio overlooking the river is a lovely little place in summer to have some delicious coffee or sip a glass of beer.
If you like dim, tavern-y vibes, this place is for you! There’s free WiFi, so you can grab a beverage and get some work done. They have a wall of about 16 taps featuring local craft breweries.
007 martinis and more
📍 Address: 112 W 3rd St, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 462-1175
🕐 Hours: 4 pm – 1 am Mon-Thurs, 4 pm – 3 am Fri & Sat, 5 pm – 1 am Sun
This place serves James Bond themed martinis, and martinis named after movie characters, 60 beers and 30 wines, along with whiskey, scotch and martinis in a classy, intimate ambience. On Wednesdays, you get 50% off on wines!
The atmosphere is welcoming and the ambience classy with a sensual artwork right in the middle and some modern masonry work. It is great for an intimate, romantic date. The service is outstanding as well.
Fun Dive bar
📍 Address: 1530 E 4th St, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 462-5532
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 12 am Sun-Thurs, 11 am – 1 am Fri & Sat
This is a dark, Dive bar with plenty of space and is very lively and energetic too. The prices are very reasonable. There’s live music here every day, and it can get pretty loud! If you enjoy crowded bars, loud music and delicious burgers and good beer, this is the place you need to be at. They have a full bar, serving beer, wine and mixed drinks.
Good food and even better drinks!
📍 Address: 424 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 433-8288
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 12 Tue-Sun, Closed on Mon
Bluff City Grill is located in Downtown Alton, Illinois on the heart of Broadway. The place is comfortable and relaxing, with 14 TVs on which you can watch your favorite sports. For more entertainment, they have darts, video games and pinball. The ambience is casual and it’s a good place for groups and is kid-friendly too.
For drinks, they have a dozen cocktails, a dozen martinis, 9 draft beers, 33 bottles and can beer selections, along with 8 house wines. The upper patio has a lovely view of the river and craft bridge; it’s a great place to catch some breeze while you await your order. The menu is extensive, wide-ranging and delicious!
Bubby & Sissy’s
One of the coolest and fun bars in Alton
📍 Address: 602 Belle St, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 465-4157
🕐 Hours: 3 pm – 12 am Mon-Wed, 3 pm – 1 am Thurs, 3 pm – 2 am Fri & Sat, 12 pm – 12 am Sun
The ambience is welcoming, raunchy, fun and entertaining. The drinks are inexpensive, the drag shows are great fun and the staff are very engaging and friendly. It would be a great place to celebrate a special occasion.
There’s a dance floor too, so you can tap a leg after the drag show’s over. Outdoor seating are available too. If you are looking for a place with plenty of fun and entertainment, look no further than Bubby & Sissy’s.
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Friendly local neighborhood tavern
📍 Address: 203 W 3rd St, Alton, IL 62002, United States (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 462-8090
🕐 Hours: 3 pm – 2 am Mon-Thurs, 2 pm – 2 am Fri-Sun
At Catdaddy’s, they serve 30 different kinds of beer along with great drink specials. This is a dive bar where you can relax with a cold beer and watch the game on TV. It’s a good place to go along with friends and enjoy the good conversations and beer. When you get a little tired of just sitting on the couches and drinking, amble over with your mate to the pool table, or play some darts or indulge in some video games.
First wine bar in Alton
📍 Address: 212 W 3rd St, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 433-9390
🕐 Hours: 4 pm – 1 pm Thurs-Sat, Closed on Sun-Wed
Solera was the first ever wine bar, and they serve a good selection of wines along with some beers for those who are into that. The place is beautiful with exposed bricks, lovely lighting and comfortable and cozy seating. The cheese boards really pair well with the wine that is of local and international make.
Authentic Irish fare and drinks
📍 Address: 200 State St, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 433-8900
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Sun & Wed, 11 am – 11 pm Thurs-Sat, Closed on Mon & Tue
Get a taste of Ireland in Illinois at the Morrison’s Irish Pub that is housed in a magnificent brick building that dates as far back as 1865! From the Whiskeys, to the food, to the music, everything is authentically Irish! They also serve craft cocktails and craft beer.
They serve over 60 Irish Whiskeys and Scotch. The staff are very friendly, going above and beyond to make you feel welcome. This is such a fun and lively little place, and don’t be surprised if you hear a little Irish tune wafting over towards you!
Talk-N-Chic fried chicken and authentic Italian fare
📍 Address: 3400 Fosterburg Rd, Alton, IL 62002 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 462-4620
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 9 pm Wed-Sun, Closed on Mon & Tue
There is a full bar that serves a great bottle of wine or a delicious cocktail. The fried chicken dish is super popular and the recipe has passed down from generations! The place is huge and can seat many people at once. The ambience is nice, and the staff, friendly.
Sports bar with a good selection of beer
📍 Address: 1523 E Edwardsville Rd, Wood River, IL 62095 (Google Maps)
📞 Phone: (618) 216-2404
🕐 Hours: 11 am – 11 pm Sun & Tue, 11 am – 2 am Wed-Sat, Closed on Mon
They have a great selection of beer and an extensive menu that can satiate any craving. They have live music and karaoke so it can get plenty loud in here. If you’re looking for a place to unwind in the Wood River area, then the Pump House Bar and Grill should be your stop!