Back in the early 1960s, Mimi's Subway Bar was Elmer's Subway Bar. While some of us were a bit below legal drinking age, Elmer didn't mind so we frequented his place. Over the years the name has changed but little else. It remains a friendly, hometown place. If you need to stretch your dollars, Mimi's is a good place to do it. It's a bar without pretense. Someone described it as Ferguson's "Cheers" and I agree. Mimi's is not easy to find but it's worth the search.
Best Neighborhood Bar (North) St. Louis 2003 - Mimi's Subway Bar and Grill
Readers' Choice: Rookies Bar
Mimi's wasn't always Mimi's, but it has been an underground (literally) neighborhood drinking establishment in old Ferguson for nearly 50 years. And it shows. The old linoleum tile floor, the scuffed-up tables, the carved wood bar, the early Reagan-era Atari-like Galaxian console game and a few long-in-the-tooth patrons make you feel as if you've slipped into a time when, well, a time when north county was still crawling with blue-collar stiffs who worked hard for Mr. Mac or Mr. Ford and knocked back a couple brews before heading home. The jukebox, appropriately, features the likes of Sammy Hagar, Metallica and Aerosmith, but there's a nod to classic crooners such as Sinatra and Martin. On a recent Tuesday at around 9 p.m., the place hosted about three dozen regulars, yukking it up, enjoying their 50-cent draft Buds (Tuesdays and Thursdays only). While Mimi's has a full bar, based on the ornate signage (including the rotating Clydesdale-wagon-light fixture that you'd love to have in your basement), this is definitely Anheuser-Busch Country. Mimi's offers pinball, darts, Keno, a couple of pool tables and, occasionally, live music. And we like the fact you have to climb up the stairs to get out -- it's harder to fall up than down.