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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Happy Hour at the U Bar: Wing Teasers and Cold Drinks in University City

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM

A margarita and wings at the U Bar. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • A margarita and wings at the U Bar. | Photos by Mabel Suen

The Place: The U Bar (6714 Olive Boulevard; 314-349-1100)

The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Deals: $4 wing-teaser appetizers. $2 domestics, $3 import and draft beers, $4 glasses of wine, and $4 well drinks.

A look at the bar.
  • A look at the bar.

The Scene: When it comes to nightlife in University City, most people only know of the Delmar Loop. The U Bar, which opened on March 18 in an Olive Boulevard space that previously housed Sir's Bar-B-Que, aims to offer an alternative neighborhood gathering place with an inviting, catch-all concept.

"'The U' is a double meaning," says co-owner Jason Spain, who runs the business with his wife, April. "'The U' is for U. City, but it's also all about 'you' -- we want you to feel comfortable. People come in, mind their own business and kind of blend here."

Located in University City.
  • Located in University City.

The space retains some of its historic charm from past lives, including exposed brick walls and glass-block windows, but for the most part keeps things simple and sleek to cater to all types of clientele. Plenty of chairs are available by the bar or on a second-story seating area, both equipped with TVs. The liquor selection features a decent selection of beer and a variety of fruity cocktail options, which a friendly barkeeper will happily mix up at a moment's notice.

Soft tacos and a long island iced tea.
  • Soft tacos and a long island iced tea.

The Food: The U Bar's standard food selection, akin to its overall vibe, is low-key and approachable. The kitchen regularly offers combination baskets of wings and fries, battered shrimp, and a variety of sliders. During happy hour, get a taste of the grill's specialty by trying a wing teaser, which features five wings for $4. The "original" flavor features a six-seasoning blend, while a "trashed" wing coats the chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce. To double down on appetizer deals, check out "Taco and Trivia Tuesdays" for some downhome $1 soft tacos. They're like everything else here: simply good and unpretentious.

An upstairs seating area.
  • An upstairs seating area.

Previously on Happy Hour Handbook: - The Demo - The Feasting Fox - Monty's American Grill - Prasino - Tamm Avenue Grill - BaiKu Sushi Lounge - Van Goghz - Frazer's Restaurant & Lounge - The King & I - Sasha's - Nadine's Gin Joint - Juniper - United Provisions - Hammerstone's - Ranoush - Siam - SOHA Bar & Grill - Modesto - Square One Brewery - Cicero's - SqWires - Layla - Five Star Burgers - Central Table Food Hall - Planter's House - Atomic Cowboy - Stella Blues - Triumph Grill - Lola - Basso - Blue Ocean Sushi - Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen - Gringo - Jax Cafe - Mile 277 Tap & Grill - Sandrina's - Mangia Italiano - Kirkwood Station Brewing Company - Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill

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