Best Neighborhood Bar (City) St. Louis 2006 - Slo Tom's Lounge
Readers' Choice: The Royale
The best neighborhood bars aren't necessarily the ones where everybody knows your name, but rather those where everybody asks your name. You might be a stranger when you walk in, but by the time you leave, you've got a few new friends who'll help load you out. Slo Tom's on South Broadway is legendary; the Bottle Rockets wrote a song about it, and south-siders speak of it with equal parts enthusiasm and exhaustionpeople drink a lot in here. Regulars have their own glasses, which they store at the bar and retrieve each visit. Order the bar's specialty, a GTO, which comes in a jumbo size that would kill a gorilla. Drink it up, knowing the night will end in some sort of dramatic fashion: a bar fight, a puke fest or a quick snog in the backseat. Whatever happens, it'll warrant a return visit.