Happy Hour at the Crow's Nest in Maplewood: Cruise for Boozing
Jennifer Silverberg Inside the Crow's Nest.
The Crow's Nest (7336 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-781-0989)
The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with late-night specials Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 p.m. to Midnight.
The Deal: Drink specials include $3.00 rail drinks, $2.00 PBR and Miller High Life and $1 off drafts. Deals on food include $4.00 Caesar salad, house salad, hummus and truffle frites.
The Scene: The Crow's Nest is a no-frills dive bar in Maplewood occupying prime real estate along the popular Manchester Road strip. It offers a wide array of draft and bottled beers, cheap well drinks and regular specials during the week. On Tuesdays it offers a "Taco Tuesday" special with $4 sixteen-ounce margaritas, $3 Tecate tall boys and a rotating $10 taco plate special all day. In a dive-y twist on weekend brunch it serves "Metal Brunch" on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. And every other day of the week it offers some sort of happy hour special, discounting its already inexpensive food and drink options.
Jennifer Silverberg The Crow's Nest in Maplewood.
Why You'll Go Back: In warmer months its spacious outdoor back patio makes throwing back one, two or ten beers all the more pleasant, while inside its excellent jukebox selection -- named "Best Jukebox" in RFT's 2012 Best of St. Louis Awards -- keeps a party going all night long. Food at the Crow's Nest goes beyond the average selection of bar food; its truffle frites might be the most satisfying grub to drunkenly wolf down in town.
The Verdict: With rock-bottom food and drink prices and a laid-back, dimly lit vibe, the Crow's Nest makes a comfortable, casual and billfold-friendly place to get soused with friends, or even solo -- its friendly bartenders easily engage in conversation and experiment with drinks when business is slow.