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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

St. Louis' Ten Best Sports Bars

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM

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Lester's
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If Lester Miller's first sports bar opened in 2007 in Ladue was a two-RBI triple and his second restaurant in Chesterfield was a lead-off double, then his third location opened last year in the Central West End is a walk-off homer. David Freese style. Located in the old Companion bakery in the heart of the Central West End, the restaurant features everything that made the first two a favorite for sports enthusiasts: walls-and-walls of flat-screen televisions and gourmet pub fare -- the deli meats and the barbecue being the most stand-out selections. But what we really love is the rooftop patio at the CWE Lester's. Nothing like watching the game alfresco on a sunny afternoon.

O'B Clark's
A mid-county destination since the 1970s, O'B Clark's dozen-plus flat-screen TVs make it a great place to watch any game, especially Blues hockey. The team's radio broadcaster, KMOX, does regular live remotes from O'B Clark's, meaning that it's not uncommon to see a few Blues players hanging out barside. O'B Clark's is also a destination for soccer fans gathering early in the day to catch the action from across the pond. Though don't you worry, O'B Clark's also got your favorite baseball, football and hoops games on the telly. Favorite dish: The square pizza baked on cookie sheets.

Over/Under
If your game is being broadcast, odds are that you'll find it at the Over/Under Bar and Grill. The bar places signs under its TV sets informing patrons what game they can expect to see on that monitor, and for the duration of the game, the channel doesn't change. Period. With three dozen high-def televisions, there's always something to watch at the Over/ Under. More than that, the bar's downtown location is within a few blocks of all three sports stadiums, making the Over/Under -- and its massive patio along Washington Avenue -- the place to meet before and after the game. Add great food and an impressive lineup of microbrews on tap, and what more could the sports fan want?

St. Louis Sports Zone
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Transitioning from college to the real-world is hard. And no time is the difficulty more apparent than Saturday afternoons when you and your old college buddies would gather at an off-campus bar to fire-up before the big game or knock-back buckets of beers while watching your team play on the road. If only there was a place like that old college haunt here in St. Louis -- somewhere you could find dozens of friends rooting on your school. There is. Be it collegiate or professional athletics, St. Louis Sports Zone is the one place in town where you're likely to find someone else cheering on your team no matter how obscure your school or favorite sports franchise. And, yes, Sports Zone will be broadcasting your game. That's almost guaranteed. The warehouse of a tavern has too many TVs to count, including five projector televisions broadcasting your team in life-size proportions.

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