Best New Bar St. Louis 2011 - Three Kings Public House
It was a sad day when the final drink was served at Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar, home for decades to hungry and thirsty denizens of the Delmar Loop. Thankfully, the owners behind the newest incarnation of the space — Three Kings Public House — have done a stellar job creating an inviting, convivial drinking establishment. The physical space is polished, yet raw, with exposed brick walls surrounding the main barroom. The space also includes historical photographs of University City in its earliest era, a laudable selection of twenty craft and locally brewed beers on tap, an outside dining area with a fountain and fans, an indoor stage for entertainment and a large, decorative coat-of-arms behind the bar (made from Red Bull cans) touting the "three kings," which refers to the establishment's three owners. The food is decent for lunch or dinner, but we much prefer going later in the evening, when the place gets lively.