Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Best Neighborhood Bar (North County) 

Whalen's Restaurant and Irish Pub

Whalen's' historic past went up in flames when a fire ripped through the landmark watering hole this past August. A favorite of NoCo locals and college students from UMSL (located just down the road), the bar had operated as Whalen's for a good 30 years and under various other names for a good 30 years before that. But spill not a tear in your beer over the bar's recent misfortune. David Field, owner of Whalen's, plans to reopen better than ever in the coming months -- not that the bar had much room for improvement. Located in a stone building designed to look like a miniature castle, Whalen's had long been a fortress of escapism, offering up ice-cold brewskies, deep-fried bar fare and enough good cheer to make you forget most of your troubles. The place also had the warmth of Grandma's house, with its stone fireplace and knotty-pine décor. We can only hope the owner will try to recapture that theme upon the bar's reopening.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Bars & Clubs

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 9, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation