Best Neighborhood Bar (South County) - 2010
The Pink Galleon
4010 Butler Hill Road
South St. Louis County, MO 63129
The best neighborhood bars eschew the new. It's tough to find comfort and nostalgia in a place that's squeaky-clean and relentlessly modern. So follow the siren song of the (painted) bare-breasted mermaids to the Pink Galleon and throw back some drinks like it's 1987. (Don't worry, ladies, they haven't forgotten about you: Check out the bathroom, uh, art featuring the long-lost, feather-haired fellas of Chippendales.) You can't miss it; the place is the size of a high school gymnasium. It's gotta be, to accommodate the twenty-plus neon-pink pool tables, half-dozen dart boards — both electronic and old school — air hockey, shuffle board and scores of arcade games and flat-screens. Befitting a neighborhood bar, it's big enough to ensure you'll run into someone from the old 'hood if you're in the mood to catch up, and also big enough to hide you if you aren't.