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    Mike Talayna's Juke Box Restaurant
    You wouldn't expect an unassuming, squat building on the commercial Hampton strip to be the flashiest bar in St. Louis, but it is. With dozens of sparkling disco balls, mirrored walls and a glitter-inlaid bar top, it's like the lovechild of a strip club and a disco roller rink, but one where karaoke is king. There's a feeling that what happens in this sparkling paradise stays here. The drinks aren't cheap, but the mixed ones are so strong that just one or two will have you crooning "I Want to Know What Love Is" in no time.
    Great Grizzly Bear
    At the corner of Geyer Avenue and Menard Street in the historic Soulard neighborhood, the Great Grizzly Bear's brick building plays host to casual barflies and annual Mardi Gras revelers alike inside and on its large patio. The menu features more than a dozen appetizers, including potato skins, nachos and its specialty "Grizzly Balls," a shredded cheese and chicken concoction spiked with hot sauce and fried. Cajun specialties include jambalaya and Mardis Gras blackened shrimp. Great Grizzly Bear also offers soups, salads and a large selection of sandwiches, including burgers and melts. For dessert, try the fried twinkies (not for the faint of heart). Sports fans can hop on the Grizzly Bear sports shuttle to get to the game and back, so long as your promise to get your pre- and post- game on.
    La Tropicana Market & Cafe
    Lovers of Hispanic cuisine and ingredients travel from all points in the metropolitan area to this old-fashioned corner grocery and deli. The seating arrangement inside is spartan, although an outside courtyard is available when weather permits. The menu features close to a dozen whole-meal plates of classic Mexican specialties, along with chicken roasted in the Cuban style.
    Nadine's Gin Joint
    While Nadine's labels itself a "gin joint," its menu caters to drinkers and teetotalers alike. Appetizers include hot wings, toasted ravioli and quesadillas, while the main courses feature sandwiches, kebabs, pork steak and seafood options. Nadine's also offers daily specials, such as stuffed peppers, a chicken Philly and chili mac. Guests can choose to sit inside or, on nice days, enjoy Nadine's patio.
    CBGB
    CBGB is South Grand’s favorite dive bar. For 25 years at its current location, CBGB has been serving up cheap booze in a punkish public house just barely preserved with local love. You can play darts or shuffleboard, check out some paintings by local artists or just hang out at the bar with some of St. Louis’ friendliest bartenders. Test your wits during trivia on Wednesdays and win yourself a drink or two. If the weather is fine, grab a tallboy and head out front or back to one of the two spacious patios. Or stay inside and warm up with the house shot, the Sandanista: tequila with Rose’s lime juice and sriracha. If there’s a blizzard and the city shuts down, put on your snowshoes and tramp down to CBGB. No plastic here. Bring cold hard cash for them and they'll have a cold beer for you.
    Dave & Buster's
    Riverport's self-proclaimed "largest dining and entertainment extravaganza in Missouri" is like Chuck E. Cheese on growth hormones. On weekends, a tram service takes you from the vast parking lot to a structure so big they give you a map in the lobby. Inside, the place throbs like a hangover after a three-day debauch in Vegas. Dinner in the Grand Dining Room -- a posh enclave richly appointed with Tiffanyesque fixtures, dark wood and white linen -- exceeds expectations: The charbroiled sirloin is good and garlicky, and the barbecued pork ribs are wonderful.
    Voce
    Since it opened in December 2012, Voce, "a venue for all voices," as owner Steve Scaglione puts it, has hosted everything from jazz, blues and folk to the occasional punk show. The black and red room features a small unintimidating stage, tables for sitting, a full bar and plenty of standing room to get up close to the performance. The downtown spot connects directly to Maurizio's Pizza & Sports Bar, which spits out hand-tossed New York style pizzas every night of the week late into the evening. Get an Italian tinged experience by pairing some pizza with a performance.
    Joey B's On The Hill
    Joey B's on the Hill might be more sedate than the original Joey B's on the Landing, but its neighborhood bar-and-grill ambiance is winning. The lengthy menu features standard bar-food fare like wings, T-ravs and potato skins, as well as pasta, burgers and sandwiches. The St. Louis-style pizza is popular, and those seeking a more substantial meal will find steak on the menu. The bite-size soft pretzels are fantastic: buttery sweet and served with a spicy jalapeño-cheese sauce for dipping. The dining rooms offer numerous flat-screen TVs to keep tabs on all the games.
    The Heavy Anchor
    Known for its penchant to host a rowdy concert or two, The Heavy Anchor is part music venue, part watering hole. A thick wall divides the two halves, so the uninterested can drink in peace or join the fray of wild heathens on the music side. The bartenders serve cocktails in Mason jars, Heavy Anchor pins to festive-up that tatty punk jacket, and, just in case your Franzia problem is so out of control that you need a fix even in full view of strangers, boxed wine. The venue itself features a mid-level stage and a full-size sound booth, but it's the kind of place where bands feel comfortable enough to skip the stage and perform on the floor should they so desire. Nautical decor stretches from wall to wall with oceanic artifacts and vibrant paintings including a glaring narwhal and a friendly blue octopus toppling a cityscape with its tentacles. Located near Bevo Mill, The Heavy Anchor is a prime spot for shuffleboard playing with a regulation board and plenty of seating. Additionally weekly festivities include the likes of movie nights and trivia. You'll find local brews on tap, as well as such hometown munchies as Dogtown pizza, Billy Goat chips and Gus' pretzels.
    Clark Street Grill
    Located on the first floor of the Westin downtown and a stone's throw from Busch Stadium, Clark Street Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast includes the standard options -- French toast, a build-your-own omelet -- and a "SuperFoods" menu, which highlights healthy ingredients, including blueberry orange granola pancakes. Lunch offers a simple selection of salads, sandwiches and pizzas, while dinner brings upscale options such as duck confit-and-pear salad, with entrées including pasta, Chilean sea bass and beef tenderloin. Clark Street Grill also offers a bar menu with appetizers and a small selection of casual fare.
    Bar 101 Soulard
    Some bars are content to offer clean glasses and booze, without gimmicks or an ounce of entertainment. Not so Bar 101; this Soulard joint "gets it all in," to borrow a term from the hip hop playbook. Outside, there's a giant sand volleyball court and about a million square feet of patio space with a large outdoor bar and fire pit. Inside, flat screens blare with in-house adverts and food porn that's bound to make your beer-filled tummy rumble, along with myriad games including basketball and a feat-of-strength boxing game. It's either a mini-Dave and Busters or an adult-friendly Chuck E. Cheese -- only instead of fake gold coins, your prize will be booze. Or maybe a stunning victory on the volleyball court. The menu features traditional bar food (cheese sticks, nachos) alongside unexpected choices (spinach-artichoke Rangoon, battered gator).
    Cat's Meow
    Cat's Meow carries the aura of a cozy hole-in-the-wall with cheap shots and cold beer. The inner walls reflect the bread and butter of this Soulard-based bar: Mardi Gras. The room appears small and intimate, but provides plenty of space for small group mingling. The jukebox hits the spot with classic rock, and the game, whichever game you want to watch, occupies the TV screen. This old school Soulard hole-in-the-wall is cash only. The Cat's Meow sells beads above the bar, and the walls are adorned with snapshots of bygone Fat Tuesday revelry. Bartenders serve up hometown favorite TJ's pizza and diabolical drinks that give new meaning to the words "stiff pour." Ask for the cherry shot and you'll receive a teensy plastic shot with a maraschino cherry soaked in either moonshine or lighter fluid; our tastebuds still aren't sure which.
    The Side Bar
    Any neighborhood strip worth strolling down has a good sports bar for enthusiasts to retreat to, and the Side Bar provides just that for Washington Avenue. Sip on an infused vodka or bloody mary to go with some standard bar fare including burgers, appetizers and St. Louis-style pizza. Go all out for breakfast with a side bar slinger, or have a wholesome dinner of lasagna, meat loaf or baked grouper. No sports bar experience would be complete with a big screen to catch the game on, and the Side Bar's spacious dining room has a projector feeding in the action.
    Lemmons
    Part pizza place, part concert venue, and part dive bar, Lemmons is a one-of-a-kind St Louis establishment located at 5800 Gravois in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. There’s always something to do at Lemmons; the bar hosts live music on stage several nights per week, but even when there’s not a band playing, Lemmons has plenty of activities to keep your whole group happy. If bar games are what you’re into, they’ve got you covered with foosball, shuffleboard, pinball, and pool, as well as a few arcade games. Wednesday and Thursday nights Lemmons hosts some of the city’s best trivia, and every Monday the bar offers a free pizza buffet while cult classics like High Fidelity, Army of Darkness, and The Princess Bride don the projector. While the main culinary attraction from Lemmons’ is their cheese-slathered Chicago-style pizza, the menu also includes thin-crust and pan pizzas, burgers and appetizers like garlic bread, cheese fries and that quintessentially St. Louisan snack - toasted ravioli.
    Carl's Drive In
    Time has stood still for several decades in this sixteen-seat classic burger joint, usually filled beyond capacity during peak hours. The counter staff balances taking orders by way of the pay phone with serving up spatula-smashed fresh ground beef, cooked to order within inches of those lucky enough to have snagged a stool. Custom-brewed root beer, claimed to come from the original IBC recipe, is available in frozen mugs or as part of a float.
    The Phoenix
    Few other south-county venues can compete with the Phoenix's 14,000 square feet of space, pool tables, darts, Golden Tee, icy 22-ounce drafts and private party rooms. Add to the mix a range of DJ dance nights, live music and poker, and you have yourself a true superbar.
    Joanie's Pizzeria
    Joanie's Pizzeria serves up a variety of Italian options. Appetizers include T-ravs -- available with meat or spinach-artichoke, pizzas with thin, thick or double crust, and a large sandwich menu, which includes standard deli sandwiches and specialties (the Soulard muffalata, for example, contains Genoa salami, Bavarian ham, mozzarella, roasted peppers and antipasto relish). After their meal, sports fans can catch the free shuttle to Cards and Rams games. During nice weather, the large patio opens.
    CLOSED AS OF JUNE 2011. At the Complex, St. Louis' largest gay dance club, hooking up is a high priority. But even that takes a back seat during the over-the-top weekly drag shows. The mood and music can vary from room to room, but no matter which bar you choose, the all-you-can-drink specials are hard to beat.

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