The 10 Best Bars in Branson to Get Your Pour On!

Jul 18, 2023

Best Bars in Branson to Get Your Pour On!
By Westgate Resorts

Best Bars in Branson to Get Your Pour On!

If you’re looking for things to do in Branson, Missouri, you’ll want to check out the best Branson restaurants. From family-owned joints serving up home-style cooking to the best Missouri BBQ, there are plenty of options to leave you satisfied (and probably craving seconds).

While you’re exploring the Branson culinary scene, you’ll also want to check out its unique bars.

The best bars in Branson offer pub food and drink menus that will have you feeling like it’s always happy hour. Don’t think it’s all rowdy crowds packed in front of TVs, either. Missouri hospitality flows just as freely as the drinks, and you’ll feel just as welcome as if you were a local.

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The best bars in Branson offer good food (like gourmet burgers) and fun environments packed to the brim with personality. Whether you like a classic divey sports bar or want to relax in a tiki bar in Missouri — a unique experience, for sure — then there is somewhere for you to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

These are the top 10 best bars in Branson, ranging from tourist destinations to hidden gems locals love. No matter which one you choose, you’re in for a good time!

1 | Crazy Craig's Cheeky Monkey Bar | Crazy Craig’s Cheeky Monkey Bar is a staple in Branson’s bar scene. Its quirky atmosphere includes a colorful bar decorated in streamers and dangling paper monkeys, topped with a green zebra-print ceiling and enclosed by leopard-print walls.

There’s a lively dance floor along with two billiards tables to keep you entertained, but you’ll likely be too busy enjoying your drink and something off their Mexican-inspired menu.

Try the Cheeky Nachos or a quesadilla with your choice of meat. You can also go classic and order one of the restaurant’s Missouri BBQ platters. As for drinks, you’ll be able to try interesting concoctions like Monkey Fuel and Going Bananas.

If you’re feeling bold, get the bartender’s choice by asking for the Curious Monkey.

WHERE: 120 Montgomery Dr, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 335-2620



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2 | Waxy O'Shea's Irish Pub | Waxy O’Shea’s is the only Irish pub in the heart of Branson, and you’ll soon see why everyone who enters falls in love with its charm.

The authentic Irish pub is infused with Scottish flair, complete with all your expected bar decor like walls cluttered in framed posters and warm and white string lights lining the door. Inside, a large Irish flag adorns the wall behind the stage where local artists frequently entertain the crowd.

On the menu, you’ll find an exciting array of cultural dishes, like scotch eggs (deep-fried hard-boiled eggs rolled in seasoned pork sausage), fish and chips and classic Irish corned beef and cabbage.

As for drinks, there will naturally be plenty of Guinness to go around, along with authentic Irish whiskeys, ample ales, malty stouts and a curated menu of international beers and wines.

WHERE: 235 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 348-1759


3 | The Paddlewheel | Grab a seat on the patio of this lowkey alehouse and appreciate the waterfront views while sipping on a draft beer or specialty cocktail. Paddlewheel is known for its relaxed atmosphere, lakeside rock shows and great food.

Situated on Lake Taneycomo, this low-key pub offers indoor and outdoor seating, cozy fire pits, a theater room with games and a 200-inch screen TV perfect for catching the latest match.

The menu is all-American with staples like crispy, breaded chicken tenders, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and hearty baked mac ‘n cheese. There are also some fun starters like a giant pretzel, fried mushrooms and wings by the half-pound.

When it comes to drinks, the Paddlewheel offers the expected variety of beers along with specialty cocktails like the Castaway (apple and watermelon pucker, sour mix and soda), the Marla-Rita (Pinnacle Peach Vodka, Triple Sec, sour mix and a dash of orange juice) and the Tropical Treasure (Cruzan Coconut Rum, Peach Schnapps, peach puree and a finishing fizzy splash of Sprite).

WHERE: 9 S, N Boardwalk, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 239-1324


4 | Saint City’s Sports Bar & Grill | Swing by Saint City’s on a Wednesday to catch one of its beloved Jukebox Winos! If you can’t make it, don’t worry, the bar is always serving up good times.

The lively atmosphere is made even better with delicious chargrilled wings, spicy fried green beans, jalapeno poppers and bacon mac ‘n cheese balls. People always praise the staff for their caring, attentive service and the affordable prices.

Saint City’s Sports Bar & Grill is a great place to stop by if you’re looking to try some Missouri craft beers. There’s also a revolving menu of special cocktails whipped up by the skilled bartenders, so you can always look forward to something new.

WHERE: 3265 Falls Pkwy suite z, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 320-6038


5 | Andy B's Tiki Bar | Another hot spot in Branson’s Landing, is Andy B’s Tiki Bar, bringing a slice of Hawaii to Missouri. The beach-inspired bar is topped with a grass thatched roof, and colorful cocktails come complete with mini umbrellas perched in glasses.

Gaze out at the water while you sit at one of the surfboard tables, enjoying the view of Lake Taneycomo and a refreshing cold drink. At night, live entertainment unfolds beneath dazzling rainbow lights that cover the bar. It’s a great place to unwind with friends and enjoy a unique experience while you’re in Branson.

WHERE: 433 Promenade Way, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 213-8631


6 | Smith Creek Moonshine Branson Landing | An old-timey pickup truck rests in the center of this Branson bar. Smith Creek is the premier moonshine-tasting spot in Missouri.

The famous southern concoction is available in 12 fun flavors like Sweet Tea, Apple Pie, Chocolate Silk, Lemon Lime, and Butter Cake. You can even buy your favorites and bring them home as souvenirs.

You can top your night off with a juicy cheeseburger and a side of crunchy onion rings or one of the many other sandwiches and wraps on the menu. There’s also a kids’ combo selection for your little ones that features classic kid staples like a toasty grilled cheese and chicken tenders.

WHERE: 1209 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (800) 441-5053


7 | Beverly’s Bar and Grill | If you’re looking to drink like a local, then you’ll want to stop by Beverly’s a few minutes shy of downtown Branson.

Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you, Beverly’s is a great local watering hole that serves up all the classic bar food you’re usually craving. From prime rib to tacos, BBQ and wings, there are plenty of dishes to pair with an ice-cold beer or cocktail as you listen to a live band play.

Inside the bar is a jukebox to spin your favorite classic tunes, as well as a billiards table for passing the time with your friends. All in all, Beverly’s Bar and Grill keeps it simple: good food, good drinks and nice people. Its straightforward charm and superior service make it a favorite among locals and a hidden gem for tourists.

WHERE: 1482 MO-76, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 334-6508


8 | Bricktown Brewery Branson | The Branson location of Bricktown Brewery does southern hospitality right. The classic brick and wood interior is accented with liquor bottles on shelves behind the wall, along with an American flag and beer can signage on the walls.

The grill and bar have great patio views as well, perfect for sipping a craft beer while you sample the eatery’s generous menu. You’ll find everything from chicken nachos and Boom Boom Shrimp starters to its famous Bricktown Burgers, some of the best burgers in Branson.

Once you’ve finished your drink, complete the evening with a signature Bricktown Root Beer Float, featuring the restaurant’s own handcrafted root beer poured over two scoops of Tillamook® vanilla bean ice cream.

WHERE: 1221 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 544-1580


9 | Tall Tales Bar & Grill | This full-service sports bar is part of the Bass Pro Shop Angler’s Lodge in Hollister, MO, but it’s just a stone’s throw away from Branson. Get a taste of the Ozarks as you enjoy hearty burgers loaded with toppings, juicy strip steak with fries and sandwiches coupled with sweet and creamy coleslaw.

Inside the bar, you’ll find classic games like pool and foosball, which are perfect for chatting with locals as you wait for the next match on one of the big screen TVs behind the bar.

Speaking of which, you can pull up a seat and order an array of specialty cocktails like the Summer Breeze (Tito’s Vodka, prosecco, soda water and juice) and the Angler’s Bloody Mary (Jim Beam Black, horseradish, bliss sauce, Bloody Mary mix, a black Hawaiian salt rim, pickle and beef jerky garnish).

If you want to taste the house special, then order the sole signature cocktail, the Francis Ouimet, featuring Buffalo Trace, maple syrup, black walnut bitters and an exciting hint of bacon.

WHERE: 313 Financial Dr, Hollister, MO 65672 | WHO: (417) 239-2788


10 | Thirsty’s Cocktail Bar | Tucked in the tranquil Stillwaters Resort, Thirsty’s Cocktail Bar is a serene outdoor oasis, perfect for dining and drinking al fresco.

Try Thirsty’s Bushwhacker, a specialty cocktail featuring Copper Run Moonshine, Captain Morgan Rum, pineapple juice and cream de coco. You can also try the Oasis made with Tito’s Vodka, Campari, St. Germain, prosecco and elegant handcrafted lavender syrup.

At the table, order a basket of mini sourdough pretzels, complete with stone ground mustard and beer cheese or a tasty hummus platter featuring mixed greens, feta cheese, olives and white balsamic vinaigrette with fresh pita for dipping.

The rest of the menu is dedicated to a collection of drinks bound to delight any palette, including an appealing array of artful Bloody Marys, fruity seltzers and mocktails that combine ingredients like handcrafted syrup, fruit puree and fresh juice for a dazzling non-alcoholic delight.

WHERE: 265 Stillwater Trail, Branson, MO 65616 | WHO: (417) 338-5721


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Best Bars in Branson

Branson is full of awesome places to get a craft beer or specialty cocktail, plus you can’t skip the delicious food. Make sure the next time you’re in town, you stop by one of these amazing places for a good time.

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