St. Louis' Best Neighborhood Bars 

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Duchesne Bar and Grill. - KEVIN KORINEK
  • KEVIN KORINEK
  • Duchesne Bar and Grill.
ST. CHARLES

Duchesne Bar and Grill
Often called the Fast Eddie's of St. Charles, Duchesne Bar and Grill (1001 South Duchesne Drive, St. Charles; 636-947-0920) knows how to party on this side of the river. This long-time neighborhood tavern has been a favorite watering hole for decades, offering just about everything you could want out for a memorable night out — pool tables, karaoke, Stranger Things-style Christmas lights strung above the bar, cheapo drinks, darts and a fully-stocked cigarette machine (for now, you can still smoke in St. Charles. Freedom!). The bar also hosts a steady stream of events, including themed bingo, Sunday fried chicken dinners and BB gun shoots. But the biggest draw is the large kitchen window, which pumps out cheap eats faster than a taco joint on a treadmill. Bar food that falls within the $5 price tag and midnight kitchen hours on the weekends mean never having to pass out drunk and hungry.

Lindenwood Pub
The bartender at Lindenwood Pub (138 North Kingshighway Street, St. Charles; 636-916-5100), an unassuming sports-centric bar in the middle of St. Charles, is on a first-name basis with every regular who walks in the door and stumbles out at closing time. "You're the only person in this bar right now that I don't know," she tells us on our recent visit. Budweiser and Cardinals gear dominate the walls, and Shiner Bock and Golden Light take center stage on draft. This small space for locals offers a temporary respite from reality with cheap liquor, Keno and dart boards. Tuesdays bring more hard-working union crowds, with all-day $1 PBR, Natty Light and Stag, while home runs and slap shots bring trays of free jello shots stacked high. Why not begin your night before noon, with happy-hour drink specials that start as early as 11:30 a.m.?

Leo's Pub and Grill. - KEVIN KORINEK
  • KEVIN KORINEK
  • Leo's Pub and Grill.

Leo's Pub & Grill
Leo's Pub & Grill (2198 First Capitol Drive, St. Charles; 636-757-3566) might seem like your run-of-the-mill, strip-mall-style corner bar, but this quiet neighborhood spot packs a punch during the week. Upstairs is a cozy, shotgun-style bar, where smokers can fuel up on buckets of Bud Light and cheap bar bites from the kitchen window. The space downstairs is three times as big, complete with leather sofas, pool tables, a double-sided bar and a massive stage. (In this room, smoking is not permitted.) The bar hosts karaoke four days a week and a free Texas Hold'Em poker game on Thursdays, but its biggest claim to fame is a monthly drag show called Dragote Ugly — yes, you read that right: a drag show in St. Charles. If that hasn't piqued your interest, nothing will.

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