St. Louis Happy Hours: Downtown/Midtown

St. Louis City Neighborhoods: Downtown/Midtown

The Dubliner
1025 Washington Avenue; 314-421-4300 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 2 to 6 p.m.; $4 draft beer and well drinks

If there's a nip in the air (and if you're in the mood to take some nips), seat yourself at the Dubliner's appropriately shaped horseshoe bar. Its dark wood is warmly accented by subdued yellow walls, and even though the Dubliner has only been around since 2006, somehow, the flags on the wall touting Irish counties and football teams seem like they've hung there forever. The loftlike space is cozy enough to settle in for a movie (Mondays), engage in a lively trivia night (Tuesdays) or hear a band on the weekend — there's never a cover. Be sure to check out the appetizers, which include folksy Irish fare like boxty and dingle pasties and not-so like Guinness chicken wings. (KM)

Flamingo Bowl
1117 Washington Avenue; 314-436-6666 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4 to 7 p.m.; $3 domestic draft beer and well drinks, half-price appetizers

What's black and white and pink all over? Bowling a frame (or three) at the Flamingo Bowl, of course! The huge bowling alley/cocktail space is sleekly decorated in the style of Hollywood regency, and the sparkly bowling balls are in cheery hues straight out of an Easter basket. It's one of the only places in town where pink is macho, striking out is cool and a Japanese slipper (that's tequila and Midori with pineapple and lime juices) is supposed to go in your mouth. Appropriately enough for the always-rolicking Washington Avenue, Flamingo Bowl has a dozen lanes open for play from noon till 3 a.m. every day. (KM)

1324 Washington Avenue; 314-241-8885 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 4:30 to 7 p.m.; domestic bottles and cocktails are buy-one-get-one-free, with selected buckets of six domestic beers for $8.75

Sushi is super, and bistros are peachy, but sometimes what you're looking for on Washington Avenue is a relaxed-yet-stylish place to watch the game. And that's where Flannery's comes into play. The Flannery clan traces its roots in St. Louis back to the 1840s, but these days, Flannery's is less about being authentically Irish and more about the spirit of a pub as a neighborhood gathering place, even if your 'hood is the oft-opulent Wash. Ave. Enjoy the game — or, rather, a patchwork of games — on Flannery's mosaic of flat-screens behind the bar. Got tickets? Flannery's has your ride, courtesy of a free shuttle bus that runs to all home Rams, Blues and Cardinals games. (KM)

1101 Lucas Avenue; 314-621-9993 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 3 to 6 p.m., with a late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 10 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday; $5 select appetizers, $2 domestic beers, $3 draft beers, $5 martinis, margaritas and select glasses of wine, $16 pitchers of sangria

There's a definite Latin flair to Mango, with candles hanging from the open-rafter ceiling and flashes of color accenting the brick walls. The downtown location is the second Mango (the first is in suburban Shrewsbury), and while the late-night happy hours here draw a larger crowd than the afternoon option, the service is always attentive. The Peruvian-inspired menu items are approachable, even for palates unfamiliar with exotic cuisine. But the best part of this happy hour is the intriguing and thoughtful cocktail list. The Mango bartenders mix and muddle a wide range of ingredients to create fresh, flavorful drinks you just can't get anywhere else. (KK)

Triumph Grill
3419 Olive Street; 314-446-1801 or click here for more info and a map

Happy Hour: Weekdays 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.; $3 off all appetizers, $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.25 well drinks, $5.25 glasses of house wine, $7 Pabst Blue Ribbon and Budweiser Select pitchers, $10 Schlafly pitchers

The happy-hour deals at Triumph Grill have recently changed, but don't panic — these discounts are still better than most. With appetizers priced at $3 off, items such as the "Buffalo Chicken Queso" ($5 during happy hour) continue to call our name. This dip, which is served with flatbread, is certainly greasy, but we would expect no less from chicken-wing dip! Plus, it's served piping hot, making our anticipation for when it's cool enough to dig in that much greater. A $7 Pabst Blue Ribbon pitcher might be the best accompaniment for that cheesy buffalo richness, but if you have classier aspirations, take advantage of $5.25 glasses of wine or $10 Schlafly pitchers. Don't forget to take a peek at the fancy motorcycles in the adjacent museum. (AS)