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The Little Bar
(6343 Alabama Avenue; 314-351-1665)
There are plenty of hole-in-the-wall bars in Carondelet, though none better than the Little Bar. True to its name, this spot is a few hundred square feet at best, and every inch is hazy with cigarette smoke and the dust of hundreds of scratch-off lottery tickets -- conveniently available behind the bar. If it weren't for the Internet jukebox, the place would look lost in time. Third-shifters belly up when it opens at 6 a.m., and its daytime colleagues populate the place the rest of the time.
A true neighborhood bar doesn't have to be within striking distance of your front door to make you feel at home. What matters most is the experience you'll find inside these cozy confines, many of them tucked away on residential streets. Is the barkeep sassy with her attitude yet generous with her pours? Are the people on the stools next to you your new best friends? If so, it's likely that you landed at one of the following St. Louis watering holes.
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Published on May 24, 2013