Happy Hour at Heavy Anchor: Get Three Sails to the Wind
The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois Avenue; 314-352-5226)
RFT Photo Joshua Timbrook and Jodie Whitworth, co-owners of the Heavy Anchor.
The Hours: Daily, 5 to 7 pm.
The Deal: $1 PBR, $2 Wells, $1 off any Missouri beers, $8 Dogtown Pizza pies and $8 South St. Louis Pizza Company pizzas.
The Scene: The Heavy Anchor is a classic arm-sleeve-tattoo dream come true. The nautical-themed murals adorning the walls might have been copied straight from the arm of a 70-year-old sailor, or anyone working at Trader Bob's (2529 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-776-2307) ink shop. And while you sip on one of the bar's signature cocktails -- quaintly served in Mason jars -- the hypnotic eyes of a gigantic painted octopus look on. The Anchor's impressive beer list is home to a rotating selection of 45 to 60 beers, with some so hip, you might meet 'em for the first time here. While the mixed-drink and beer offerings are many, the only wine option is Franzia. The Heavy Anchor serves bar-food snacks like pretzels chips and pizzas until close at 1:30 a.m. to satisfy late-night cravings. With a dive-y, hipster vibe, the two-year-old establishment is mostly home to a younger crowd -- though on past visits we've spotted a salty dog or two sitting at the bar.
Caillin Murray The "Breakfast drink" at the Heavy Anchor, made with orange juice, cider and maple syrup whiskey.
Why You'll Go Back: Beer drinkers will be awed by the impressive draft and bottle selection. Also, the Heavy Anchor has built a community by hosting various events throughout the week, such as trivia nights, movie nights and live music, offering reasons to stick around long after happy hour is over.
The Verdict: Louder than normal music will reduce most communication to hand gestures and slight yelling, but the drinks taste so good you'll hardly mind.
Caillin Murray The bar at the Heavy Anchor.