St. Louis Happy Hours: Central West End

St. Louis Happy Hours: Central West End

St. Louis City Neighborhoods: Central West End

Bar Louie
14 Maryland Plaza; 314-678-3385 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4 to 7 p.m.; discounts on select menu items, $3 draft beers, $4 glasses of house wine, $5 signature martinis

Jennifer Silverberg

Bar Louie draws the Central West End's up-and-coming young-professional community, so expect a put-together-looking crowd with fresh-from-the-office button-downs and power stilettos. For a chain bar, Bar Louie's food is typical, but that's not always a bad thing: It's consistent and reliable. The signature martinis tend to be on the sweeter side, but the "Cable Car" has a subtle spice-cake flavor that makes it worth trying. Bar Louie also offers an impressive number of choices in the draft-beer department — about twenty from various breweries. (KK)

Café Eau
212 North Kingshighway; 314-454-9000 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Drink specials and timing varies by day; highlights include $6 wines on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., $3 domestic pints on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and $5 infusion cocktails from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday; on Thursdays, well-brand martinis are $3.99 from 7 p.m. to close, with $4.99 call brand martinis

Hotel bars can be inconsequential places, somewhere to drink when you don't know the neighborhood rather than a thoughtful choice. Not so Café Eau: It's a destination unto itself. Wall-size paintings look right at home next to the televisions tucked here and there, just as the high-backed booths' warm oranges and reds perfectly complement the cool gray marble bar. It's a place that simultaneously manages to be timeless and of-the-moment. Note how it can just as easily accommodate modern tastes (drinks made with house-infused mango, ginger, cucumber vodkas, for example) as it can serve up cocktails from the classics canon. (KM)

4 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-2209 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; buy-one-get-one-free nigiri, half-price selected sushi rolls, appetizers and large fruit-infused sake, $2 Bud Light and Budweiser Select bottles, $4.50 Sapporos, $5 cosmopolitans and other cocktails

The happy hours at this pocket-size sushi bar — which is colorful, hip, linear and punctuated by electronic music — happen every day the eatery is open, making this Japanese treat quite affordable for Central West End dwellers and fans of the nabe alike. Start off your Chi experience with half-off edamame and miso soup and a couple of pieces of buy-one-get-one-free nigiri. Then, fill 'er up with two or three rolls, some of which are also half-price. The medium rolls are just the right size, with options including a tuna-and-avocado mix and spicy shrimp with avocado, crunch and a not-too-too-spicy sauce, both going for less than $3.50. For dessert, order up the apple-infused sake (think Jolly Rancher green apple), and you're well on your way to a buzzy, contented evening. (AS)

Herbie's Vintage 72
405 North Euclid Avenue; 314-769-9595 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; half-price appetizers, $2 Bud Light, Budweiser and Budweiser Select bottles, $2.50 draft beers, $3 Guinness pints and well drinks, $3.50 microbrews; late-night happy hour from 10:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday featuring dessert and drink specials

When this restaurant space, formerly occupied by Balaban's, went dark in 2008, the entire Central West End felt sad, disoriented, unanchored. Fortunately, Herbie's Vintage 72 fills the large area on Euclid nicely and has the neighborhood rejoicing — if not literally in the streets, then certainly within the restaurant and bar itself. That may be why happy hour feels so, well, happy here. Appetizers such as shrimp dumplings and carpaccio go for half-price, making them $3.50 and $5 respectively. The drink deals aren't too shabby either, with $3 Guinness pints and $2 Budweiser Select. On Mondays, even the cocktails are only $5. We recommend bellying up; even if you aren't a regular, you'll feel like one in just a few hours. (AS)

The Scottish Arms
6-10 South Sarah Street; 314-535-0551 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 3 to 6 p.m., with a late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close on Sunday and Monday; $2 baskets of crisps, $2 off draft beers, $1 off glasses of wine; Wednesday late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close featuring $1 Budweiser, Budweiser Select and Bud Light bottles, $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans, $3 select domestic drafts

We like a bar with history, and even though the Scottish Arms hasn't been around as long as some — there are more than a few century-old establishments back in the homeland — it does have some stories to tell. For starters, grab a seat at the bar and ask about its origins, a good tale that we won't give away here. And with twenty or so brews on tap (all two bucks off per pint during happy hour), you'll surely think of a few more yarns to spin. Maybe that glass of Strongbow ($3.50 during happy hour) takes you back to your poor-but-thirsty studying-abroad days; perhaps that Blue Moon (also $3.50 during happy hour) simply reminds you of summertime. No matter the beer or the story, know that the Arms is the kind of place where Scottish music plays quietly and where a patron might buy a whiskey for his server, a bar where male workers don kilts and, if you choose, you can make romance by candlelight — all in all, the Scottish Arms is the kind of bar we desperately love. (AS)

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