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Friday, April 26, 2013

The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis

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Cat's Meow (2600 South Eleventh Street) This Soulard bar isn't quite like the others. Instead of drawing the young and drunk the average Cat's Meow patron is old and drunk, instead. Though the bar is still welcoming to co-eds looking to get naughty (with Mardi Gras beads for sale behind the bar), people here are more likely to be sitting around and talking about sports and snacking on pretzels than flashing their goodies. Unlike some neighboring bars, the prices are cheap, and the bar is bright and memorable, offering affordable pitchers and shot specials.

Cards Soulard - Formerly Cuz (1530 South Seventh Street; 314-241-2400) The first thing patrons notice about Cards Soulard is the building. It is a bar that is housed in what was clearly a converted fast-food establishment. If the drive-through lane around the building didn't give that away, the retired (but intact) soda-fountain station inside makes it obvious. Though it's larger than most places that are considered dive bars, Cards offers the same smoky air and dive bar atmosphere. On the weekends, the bartenders are young ladies who don't wear much, but it doesn't matter. They are great hosts and the prices are right and if you ask them nicely enough, they might let you do a body shot. It's a dive bar with extra sauce.

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Sophie's Place (2815 Watson Road; 314-645-4033) Sophie's is a weird little dive directly on Watson Road in Clifton Heights. The two-room set up hosts the bar in one room, with a game room connected. In the game room there's a pool table and some of the absolutely worst karaoke in town (in a good way). If karaoke isn't your jam, you can retreat to the dark, frequently crowded bar room, where patrons are loud and seemingly always looking to make friends. It's the kind of bar where people go to talk to strangers, so if you want to be left alone, this is not the place. But if you want to have some interesting conversations and drink a few free shots, Sophie's might be your new favorite place.

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