What differentiates an Irish pub from just another bar? Some say the food, some say the beer and some say the decor. So what makes 100 West an Irish pub? Well, the owner is Irish, there are plenty of beers on tap, and there are a few clovers alongside the dart boards on the walls. Other than that, 100 West is just a standard, friendly neighborhood bar. The place's claim to fame are its liquor pitchers, which you can get for just $8 on Saturday nights. They're also experimenting with regular Saturday lingerie nights, which are exactly what they sound like: If ladies show up in lingerie, the liquor pitchers are free. Should ladies in their unmentionables fail to pull you in, they've got daily happy hour, friendly waitresses and free shuffleboard.
The 12th & Park Recreation Center is a great facility in a great location. An indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room and boxing gym accompany outdoor basketball courts and sports fields just south of downtown - all free of charge. All it takes is a basic registration and you can play basketball on courts that won RFT’s “Best of St. Louis” award in 2009, or spar in 2008’s best boxing gym. You can pump iron day and night if that’s your thing, or take a water aerobics class in the morning. Since the '70s, this versatile facility has kept innumerable children and adults entertained. Currently, a local charter school holds recess at the center, and various after-school programs keep children busy in the afternoon. Adult class offerings vary by season, but the weight room is available as long as the center is open.
Among the clubs and hip hangouts on Washington Avenue downtown lies 12th Street Diner. The place is a throwback to the '50s and rock & roll. The menu features root beer floats, omelets, pot roast and burgers, including the La Bamba burger that is topped with pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, chipotle mayo and guacamole. This bright spot also features another diner classic: apple pie, cherry pie and a pie du jour.