Best Neighborhood Bar (Mid-County) - 2009
Krueger's Bar & Grill
7347 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
It's amazing what a municipal border can do for a bar's atmosphere. Take Krueger's: Located in the same University City building since 1936, just a stone's throw across the line from Clayton, the place is everything the snooty establishments just down the street aren't. The bar serves bottles of Busch, the happy hour includes free food (hot dogs and po' boy sandwiches; first come, first serve), and the décor relies heavily on taxidermy. Though there's a steady after-work crowd of slumming lawyers and businessmen eager to shed their sport coats and knock back a few, the blue-collar regulars rule the roost, chatting up the bartenders and pumping quarters into the jukebox. The solid selection of bar food includes an item called "the Easter basket," which consists of chili, lettuce, onion, pepperoncini and corn chips — just guessing here, but that probably isn't on the menu over at the Ritz-Carlton.