Best Neighborhood Bar (City) St. Louis 2012 - Super's Bungalow
A century ago, an old farmhouse sat moldering in south city on what's now Leona Street, just south of Bates Avenue (which was then a dirt road). Kids swore it was haunted. But it endured, and right after Prohibition, a man named Pete Bley fixed it up as a tavern. Nearly 80 years later, the hard-working folks of Bevo Mill still come here to rest their bones, smoke cigarettes and quaff beer amongst familiar faces. Super's Bungalow took its name from its previous owner, the late "Super Sam" Eveland — a union autoworker and shuffleboard legend. (His son, St. Louis Fire Department Captain Dan Eveland, now holds the keys.) Bartender Barb Hawkins describes the ethos thus: "People come in because their parents came in. It's like Cheers, with more foul language." You can bet the talk gets salty on Wednesday nights, when ladies drink all they want for $5. Or on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., when cold draft beer goes for $1.25 a glass. But there's other stuff to do, too: You can sing karaoke on Fridays, or play shuffleboard and pool any day. During football season, patrons kick in a few bucks to fill up on barbecue or stew set up by the back door. When the weather's warm, the beer garden out back — the oldest in the city, boasts the staff — hosts benefits and washers tournaments. Says Hawkins: "This place is a close-knit place. But we love everybody."