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Best Place To Meet New Friends You Won't Invite Over For Dinner St. Louis 2001 - Colony Theater

Colony Theater

Colony Theater

4500 Forest Ave.

East St Louis, IL 62204

618-874-9621

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This is a character bar, both in terms of décor and denizens. Yes, it's a tad expensive for a place with a gravel parking lot and siding that belongs on a barn. No, you can't get beer in a bottle -- this is a cans-only place -- and there's always a cover charge, which varies with the day of the week and includes admission to the grainiest pornographic movies of all time playing on four screens (and you can smoke while you watch, regardless of what the Washington Park fire code may or may not say). There are aquariums filled with colorful tropical fish, and these barroom fishtanks appear much cleaner than the restrooms, which never seem to have doors that close all the way and would only sustain life in microbial form. Consider the tired-eyed truckers sipping Bud while stealing glances at Ron Jeremy and Nina Hartley doing their mid-'80s thing on the television in the middle of the room, lit equally by the aquariums and an extensive collection of kitschy lights along the lines of lightning-in-a-glass-sphere and other assorted baubles that debuted at Sharper Image and can now be had at most any Wal-Mart. Porn is in the open, but leisurely pursuits such as billiards and darts are reserved for a section in back, nearly out of sight, as if a game of pool was somehow something naughty. The bartenders are invariably friendly and efficient. This is a bizarre place and not for everybody. But given the right frame of mind (drunk) and about $20, it's a great dive if you want to take a walk on -- or at least a peek at -- the wild side.
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3 comments
Scottc95
Scottc95

my lady and i have a great time there never any trouble

Scottc95
Scottc95

i totally agree there should be more places like this

Larry
Larry

The Colony Theater is one of a kind, both the bar and the theaters. For whatever may concern a person, the open-minded freedom there is worth the price of admission. While the Colony may be a part of dying breed, it is a specisal place for special people with no hang-ups and nice folks running the place.

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