CBGB (3163 South Grand Blvd; 314-776-3756)
If your way of dealing with defeat has anything to do with bathroom graffiti, loud music or excessive drinking, then CBGB just might be the place for you. Another smoker-friendly destination, CBGB's hazy, dimly lit space will keep you as anonymous as you want to be while you sit at the bar and contemplate your failures.
The picnic tables out front are the perfect place to watch people pass and think about how much happier they are than you, but if moping isn't really your thing, you can take out your frustrations by playing on the old-school pinball machine or chucking a couple of darts at the well-worn dartboard. Regardless, CBGB's cheap, boozy drinks will waste no time beating your despair into submission.
Rosie's Place (4573 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-6423)
Often touted as the Central West End's only true dive bar, Rosie's Place is delightfully incongruous with the neighborhood surrounding it. Walk past the well-dressed crowds at Wildflower, past Brasserie's valets, step across the street and into Rosie's -- a small, dark barroom lit by a few TVs and the light from an electronic jukebox.
Sidle up to the bar for a $1.50 bottle of Budweiser (there's no draft beer to be had at Rosie's) and bask in the glow of the television, or hole up in the corner and soak in the decidedly low-brow tunes available from the jukebox. Either way, Rosie's is the Central West End's best place to ruminate on the wretchedness of your existence.
Time Out (3805 Meramec Street; 314-457-9112)
If you want to sullenly sip your drink in peace, the Time Out on Meramec is the bar for you. Not to be confused with its livelier sister establishment near the intersection of Gravois and Chippewa, the Dutchtown Time Out is remarkably quiet for a self-described "Sports Bar & Grill." Patrons are friendly but reserved, making this place perfect if you just don't want to talk about it.
It's a sizeable room, so chances are good that you'll have some space to yourself, and a pair of tables out front form a modest patio where you can soak up the quaint neighborhood setting while you sip. Because sometimes when life sucks, you just need a little peace and quiet.
...and a drink.
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