the b-side on cherokee street photo by david kovaluk

The B-Side bar on Cherokee Street will close permanently Sunday, Nov. 5

The B-Side bar at 2709 Cherokee St. in St. Louis will close its doors for good at the end of service this Sunday, Nov. 5.

Originally opened in 2016, B-Side offered a pared down bar experience serving only Stag on tap with a small selection of canned and bottled options. Their menu was similarly small, featuring burgers with their signature comeback sauce, vegan chili, and the Frito Bandito which combined the chili and a chopped burger with Fritos, Stag-marinated onions, jalapenos and comeback sauce.

Sauce said of B-Side in our 2018 review: “It’s refreshingly simple, delightfully unpretentious and casually intimate – in other words, almost a dive bar but not so rough that you need to fumigate your entire person upon leaving.”

Manager Jenna Reeves said, “We struggled after Covid to stay open and that is when we changed our hours. The place experienced a huge drop in profits.” 

The B-Side is owned by Francis Rodriguez and Joe Timm, owners of Yaqui’s on Cherokee. Rob Englehardt has managed the bar with Reeves since the Covid-19 pandemic. The bar itself frequently featured musical acts, open mic nights and karaoke.

“Please join us for our funeral and say goodbye this weekend to the ol' South Side diamond in the rough,” Reeves said.