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You choose to hoist some pints at Hammerstone's.

Ah, day drinking in Soulard! The doors at Hammerstone's (2028 South Ninth Street, 314-773-5565) open at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays (8 a.m. on Saturday) and the booze starts flowing immediately thereafter. The patio has its own bar, perfect for gorgeous summer days when you want the drinks to come in a hurry. And you want. "Waiter," you beckon, "bring me a bucket."

Hours sail by. Bucket kicked, you briefly lay your head on the table ... only to see something fly by in the sky. Was it a cardinal? Was it a hot air balloon? Or was it a queenly woman in a ballgown surfing by on a flying carpet? Either you've just spied local legend Becky Queen of Carpet or you've drunk way too much. Maybe both are true.

At this point you have a stomach full of suds and a brain full of booze. What to do next?

Something to soak up some of this alcohol is definitely in order. If you choose to head to Gus' Pretzels, turn to page 19.

Let's keep it going! McGurk's has a great patio and is only a short stumble away. If you choose to head there for more drinks, turn to page 20.

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