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Best Neighborhood Bar (West County) 

Annie Gunn's

Look, we know: Annie Gunn's is great at a lot of things. We've sung the praises of chef Lou Rook. We've given the place Best Steak House in an earlier iteration of this annual STL love-fest. Wine Spectator continually gives the Chesterfield eatery's impressive list its Award of Excellence. The burger is a visitor from Planet Delicious; there should be a tender ballad composed for the Muscovy duck confit. But today we come to laud Annie Gunn's superlative bar. Anyone who's ever dined at the restaurant is likely familiar with this wood-paneled haven; even if you did not plan to go to the bar, the wait for a table on a weekend (or even weekday) night makes it a necessity. The crowd is well-heeled, jovial and friendly, making it an ideal place to meet with friends or find new ones. Bite back any urge you might have to order a Bud Light Lime — seriously, what's wrong with you? — and instead make a selection from Annie Gunn's nearly peerless wine list. Or, try a cocktail that's as fresh and inventive as the dinner you're about to enjoy (we like the "East West Gin and Ginger Martini," with Bombay Sapphire gin, Canton ginger liqueur and Top of the Hill Farm's honey-lime-rosemary syrup). Even if your plans don't involve dinner, the bar at Annie Gunn's is worth the visit, every time.

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