Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Hour Cheap Eats!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Earlier this week we unveiled our list of the best happy hours in St. Louis. We also told you about where to experience happy hour if you're a foodie intent on trying new cuisines or tasting the top restaurants in town. But where do you go if merely want an inexpensive snack with your booze?

Go figure: We've got an answer for that too! Here are our top seven choices for cheap happy-hour eats.

7. Triumph Grill 3419 Olive Street; 314-446-1801
click to enlarge The Triumph Grill
  • The Triumph Grill

This midtown bar is adjacent to the Moto Museum and has a motorcyle theme to match. But the deals won't appeal solely to bikers: Appetizers are $3 off on weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. That means it's $4 for a giant stack of onion rings or just $3 for a serving of soft pretzels with Dijon/Guinness dipping sauce. That oughta get your motor running!

6. Tom's Bar & Grill 20 South Euclid Avenue; 314-367-4900
Half-price appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. makes this inexpensive Chicago-themed sports bar a great place to dine on the cheap. The wings aren't bad here (and it's just $4 for a frickin' pound at happy hour), but we recommend the blue cheese chips -- house-made potato crisps slathered in blue cheese sauce, scallions and tomatoes, for just $3.50 during happy hour. It's a meal in itself, and a comforting one at that.

5. Nadine's Gin Joint 1931 South 12th Street; 314-436-3045
Nadine's doesn't really have all that much variety when it comes to gin (just four standard brands at our last check). But the Joint does have food -- and on weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., most of it is priced at $3 or less. Pretty hard to beat that.

4. Three Monkeys 3153 Morganford Road; 314-772-9800
click to enlarge Three Monkeys
  • Three Monkeys

This "eating and drinking establishment" near Tower Grove Park offers select appetizers at half price on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

3. Weber's Front Row 8169 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves; 314-961-4500
Weber's Front Row
  • Weber's Front Row

In addition to the excellently priced $2 margaritas, many of the appetizers at this neighborhood sports bar along the Old Orchard stretch of Big Bend are just $3 during happy hour. And given that happy hour at Weber's runs from 3 to 6 p.m., with a late-night happy hour that begins again at 10 p.m., you have plenty of chances to chow down.

2. Remy's Kitchen and Wine Bar 222 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton; 314-726-5757
This Clayton bar is not exactly Claytonesque in style or in price, meaning you can loosen your tie while drinking -- and you won't pay an arm and a leg for food. And did we mention the food is actually quite good? On weekdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m., as well as during late-night happy hour from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, Remy's offers a variety of Mediterranean-themed small plates for just $4.95. The ones we sampled were a far cry from your usual fried-to-a-crisp bar bites. (Think falafel, with cucumber, tomato, hummus, feta and harissa for dipping -- yum!)

1. St. Louis Sports Zone 113 Kenrick Plaza, Shrewsbury; 314-961-3366
click to enlarge St. Louis Sports Zone
  • St. Louis Sports Zone

This Shrewsbury sports bar covers a staggering 7,700 square feet -- and has a food menu to match. There are two dozen items on the happy-hour menu alone (served from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays), all of them less than $10 and many of them under $5. Did you know they have three kinds of toasted ravioli here? No? Well, what did you expect of a bar that's bigger than the average McMansion?

For happy hour deals of the day, make sure to check out our ongoing coverage at Daily RFT.

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