If your summer plans include travel, don’t waste valuable time combing through Yelp reviews and guidebooks. At Drinking in America, we’ve done the hard work for you—finding the best spots in cities across the U.S. We think the best way to get to know a city is to dive into the local culture. So forget the tourist traps and try out the spots the locals know and love in St. Louis, MO in our 8th edition of Summer City Sips.

Known as the gateway to the West, St. Louis has culturally rich and diverse past, with an influx of immigrants from Ireland, Germany, and Italy in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to its Roman Catholic heritage, St. Louis is a city of music—particularly blues, jazz, and ragtime. St. Louis also boasts the Gateway Arch, perhaps the best-known landmark in this historic city. At 630 feet, it is the tallest monument constructed in the United States. Visitors to St. Louis will find no lack of activities—watching a baseball game at Busch Stadium, riding the coasters at Six Flags St. Louis, touring one of St. Louis’ many breweries, and, of course, enjoying a night out on the town. To get a taste of the best parts of St. Louis, look no further than Brennan’s.

Featuring live music and comedy paired with drinks and cigars, Brennan’s has something for everyone. The multi level layout—Brennan’s Bottle Shop & Bar, the Maryland House, Purus Entertainment Lounge, and Durango Cigar Lounge—gives guests the opportunity to experience it all. If you’re looking for a younger, rowdier crowd, head upstairs to the Maryland House where you can enjoy a speak-easy feel and the best international music from DJ Godzilla. The Bottle Shop & Bar is a great place to enjoy small bites and conversation while sampling Brennan’s extensive selection of scotch.

If you’re looking for a more eventful night, check out the live music and entertainment in the Purus Entertainment Lounge and enjoy some organic vodka from Purus while taking in a show. When you’re ready to try one of their quality cigars, head to the Durango Cigar Lounge where you can pick the music from Brennan’s vinyl selection of jazz, blues, and bossanova. While Brennan’s serves a variety of wines, beers, and spirits, scotch is their specialty. Other cigar bar and scotch clubs in the area can be pretentious, but Brennan’s laid-back vibe is mellow but never dull. If St. Louis is one of your summer travel destinations, stop by Brennan’s—whatever you’re in the mood for, we bet you can find it here!