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Drunk Shopping: The 8 Best Bars to Hit Before Tackling Your Holiday Errands

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        The basics are covered at Streiler's. | RFT

The Mills:

Streiler's Pub (555 Howdershell Road, Florissant; 314-837-7475) (pic: voiceplaces)

Streiler's will ease the pain of having to wade through the mass of bodies that surround the Mills. Located in a strip mall, this is a no-frills establishment -- light lager beer (but also Busch Heavy) and hard liquor are about the extent. Low lighting, pool tables and live blues can be found most every night.

Chesterfield:

EdgeWild (550 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-0550) (pic: Jennifer Silverberg)

EdgeWild buys unfinished wines from wineries in California, Oregon and Washington, brings them to the restaurant and ages them in oak barrels. The restaurant then bottles the wine under the EdgeWild label and pours it in your glass. But who really cares about the process? You'll come here for the relaxing atmosphere and warm glass of red wine. The food is tasty, and the location makes for a quick trip to fortify yourself before entering the nearby mall. Ask for a generous pour; you'll need it.

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