Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar
222 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton; 314-726-5757 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4:30 to 6 p.m., with a late-night happy hour from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday; $4.95 select small plates, $2.95 beers, $4.95 select cocktails and glasses of wine

Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar is on the edge of the beaten path in downtown Clayton, which suits it just fine. While it's not exactly the polar opposite of other restaurants in the surrounding area, Remy's differs from many of its neighbors by imparting a real...personality. The mood music creates a relaxed vibe, and you'll quickly feel like you're hanging out with a childhood friend, even if you're after-working it alone. The staffers help make this friendliness come to life, recommending this drink over that one and checking to see what you're reading. The falafel, one of several Mediterranean small plates specially priced at the bar during happy hour, comes with cucumber, tomato, hummus, feta and harissa for the dipping — a great deal at $4.95. A Pimm's Cup (made here with Sprite) tastes appropriate year-round, and a pomegranate martini will warm you up when the cold wind blows — lucky for you, both are happy-hour options! (AS)

12 North Meramec Avenue, Clayton; 314-721-7700 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 3 to 6 p.m. for food and 3 to 7 p.m. for drinks; half-price appetizers, $2 domestic beers, $3 imports and microbrews, $3.50 well drinks, $5 Guinness pints and glasses of house wine

For people who work in Clayton, Roxane may feel like an extension of the office, what with attorneys, gossiping coworkers and other just-escaped-the-from-the-cube-farm professionals making up the happy-hour clientele. After all, sometimes you have to begin unwinding at the first place you see when you leave work, no matter if your cubicle mate's doing the same at the very next table. But outsiders to the scene, especially those happy-houring alone, will find Roxane fascinating, interesting and, most important, affordable. Order up the seasonal Schlafly brew ($3) and something to munch on (say, queso blanco with chips, which sells for $3.50 during happy hour, or the $5 crab cakes) and let your eavesdropping entertain you. But shhhh — you didn't hear that from us! And note: Though parking in Clayton can be a challenge because of all of the valet stands, there's a public lot situated across the street. (AS)

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