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Best 3 a.m. Bar St. Louis 2009 - Mike Talayna's Juke Box Restaurant

Mike Talayna\'s Juke Box Restaurant

Mike Talayna's Juke Box Restaurant

1115 Hampton Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63139

314-647-7600

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One of the many splendid effects of alcohol is that it lowers inhibitions. Not only does this ease the nerves when it comes to pickup lines, it also makes singing in public seem like a fantastic idea. After last call at the local 1:30 a.m. watering hole, even the most self-conscious crooner will be ready to belt out a few bars at Mike Talayna's, where karaoke goes on seven days a week until the wee hours of the morning. Talayna's has all the charm of an east-side strip joint, with mirrors and neon lights all over the walls and dozens of mirror balls dangling from the ceiling. And in case you need a little more liquid courage before stepping onto the elevated stage/dance floor to sing, three separate bars are packed into the single-room establishment. Just make sure you can still read the lyrics on the prompter, and designate a driver — blurred vision is another of alcohol's effects.

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Pancake Master
Pancake Master

WARNING! Find out if they're even actually doing karaoke before paying that $4 (or any) cover--you'd hate to bring a 30+ person wedding party there only to find out that karaoke is "broken" (not that I have any first-hand experience or anything!). Also, karaoke (sadly) typically ends long before 3:00AM. AND doesn't occur on Monday nights (contrary to what their sign, and this write-up, says)--last few times I tried to get in there on a Monday evening, the entire jynt was CLOSED.

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