33 North Sarah Street; 314-535-5100 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; select discounted appetizers, $2 Anheuser-Busch beers, $2.75 Schlafly beers, $5 glasses of house wine, rail liquor specials

Everything at Terrene — from the bar to the dining room to the patio — feels fresh, crisp and lighter than air, qualities that we can appreciate in any season. We also love that happy hour here is one of the best-kept secrets in town. This isn't a dumbed-down cuisine thrown together for happy-hourers who don't know any better — oh, no. These discounted dishes are main-menu mainstays, just reduced in price for a few glorious hours each week. For a handful of dollars, you can dine on appetizers such as crispy frites or veggie-sausage flatbread and sip $5 glasses of wine. Feel free to chat with colleagues or make friends with the gracious bar staff while you class it up a bit after work, and don't forget to come back in the summertime for dinner on the patio — a most delightful evening out. Literally. (AS)

Jennifer Silverberg

Tom's Bar & Grill
20 South Euclid Avenue; 314-367-4900 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4 to 7 p.m.; half-price appetizers, $2 domestic draft beers and bottles of beer, $3 premium draft beers and well drinks

A warm and friendly sports bar at the edge of the sprawling Barnes-Jewish Hospital complex, Tom's Bar & Grill features plenty of wooden high-tops, TVs and neon beer signs. Happy hour attracts a lively mix of people, especially on nights when the Cards are playing. The staff is friendly, and the food generally comes up quickly. Tom's is the type of place you go back to when you want a beer without the hassles of changing out of your work clothes or doing your makeup. You go as you are to have a cold drink and a good time. And Tom's is OK with that. Perhaps the best perk of all in this car-clogged neighborhood: There's a free parking lot exclusively for Tom's patrons right next door. (KK)

West End Grill & Pub
354 North Boyle Avenue; 314-531-4607 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4 to 7 p.m.; half-price appetizers, beer and martini specials, $4.50 select glasses of wine, $1 oysters on Thursday

When you walk into the West End Grill & Pub, you feel automatically comfortable, like you've just stepped into a friend's bar. Maybe that's because the crowd looks like a cross-section of the city. You've got older folks, college students, solo drinkers, people in groups — all kinds of your neighbors having a nice time sitting and chatting at the handful of tables in the bar area and at the bar itself. The bloody mary mix, made in-house with just enough kick, is shaken with Stolichnaya vodka and served up in a martini glass. Try this drink in the evening just once, and you'll wonder why you've only been indulging your bloody mary jones in the morning. For appetizers, you can't go wrong with the filling fried polenta ($3.12 during happy hour!), served crispy French fry-style with two dips: one creamy, one tomatoe-y, and both extremely tasty. (AS)

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