Getting Happy in Clayton: John P. Field's

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Kristen Klempert
The Joint: John P. Field's
26 North Central Avenue, Clayton
314-862-1886

The (Happy) Hours: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Deal: $2 domestic Anheuser-Busch bottles.

There must be more to happy hour than two-buck Bud, right? Right?

The Scene: The miniature Stanley Cup behind the bar suggests that John P. Field's and its habitu├ęs may get their hockey on, but at happy hour young professionals rule the roost and there's nary a Blues jersey to be seen. Through the haze of smoke, it's possible to verify beyond a doubt that this is downtown Clayton's after-work crowd. (There's a patio out back, but it gives off the odd vibe of isolation. As does the outdoor scattering of two-tops that fronts Central Avenue.)

The promise of deliciousness wafts from the kitchen to parry with the cig smoke, and the food lives up to the olfactory expectations. It's a damn shame that happy hour doesn't bring any edible specials, but buying at regular price won't break you. Mini-burgers are two bucks, wings 50 cents apiece. Although the servers are friendly, you might have to wait a while. We had to track down an own ashtray after several servers passed by without dropping one off.

Why You'll Go Back: If you work nearby, you'll come back because of the convenient location. And if you do, you'll join a loyal, regular crowd that has fallen for the classic and unassuming atmosphere.

The Verdict: There's nothing outstanding about John P. Field's happy hour; it's just an ordinary bar. If you work in Clayton, it's a fine neighborhood bar. But if you work in another part of town, there's bound to be a neighborhood bar with the same mojo going for it -- in the neighborhood.

Know of any happy hours we should put to the test? Leave a suggestion in the comments thread or e-mail tips@riverfronttimes.com!

Location Info

John P. Field's

26 N. Central Ave., Clayton, MO

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