Brown Bear Tavern

(St. Joseph, MO)

Scooter’s 911th bar, first visited in 2011.

Brown Bear Tavern, St. Joseph

This is another really old bar, having opened in either 1898 or 1899 depending on your source. And it’s another place that I have been curious about for 15-20 years.

This is the second of two St. Joe bars (that I know of) with the Hamm’s Bear painted on the outside. (Sadly, no Hamm’s Beer is sold inside.) From the outside it looks quite big, but the interior is more intimate.

The main room features a straight bar that runs to the back of the corner building. To the side is a smaller game room with pool tables and Golden Tee.

We decided to play Golden Tee while a class reunion was getting set up around us. To pass the time while it was my turn, B pretended to be a long-forgotten classmate.

Brown Bear Tavern, St. Joseph


2028 Saint Joseph Ave
St. Joseph, MO 64505
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(816) 279-4422

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