"So far as anyone knows, we don't have a problem with topless male bartenders in Alton," explains Schrempf. "But we have had some recent incidents with women exposing their breasts in taverns, and the police asked me to draft this change in the law. Apparently there have been some cases where federal courts have said that anti-nudity laws, only for women, would be constitutionally suspect."

What impact the potential change in the law will have on Alton taverns remains to be seen. It could be, too, that the ordinance only addresses half the issue when it comes to nudity. There's still plenty to show off below the waist.

As we head out of Alton we swing by a Broadway bar for one last round. When we ask the svelte brunette barmaid for a Busch, she coyly responds: "You mean the beer, right?"

Spend the night in the "haunted" pool in Mineral Springs Mall for $100.
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Spend the night in the "haunted" pool in Mineral Springs Mall for $100.
Mayor Donald Sandidge says Alton's rich criminal past has him considering a book on the subject. "We've seen some crazy times."
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Mayor Donald Sandidge says Alton's rich criminal past has him considering a book on the subject. "We've seen some crazy times."

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What other Busch do they have behind the bar?

"None," she replies. "At least not since this afternoon."

Then, for five bucks, she offers to show us something she's just shaved. It's not her legs.

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