St. Louis' Ten Best Sports Bars
Friendly's is one of those south city saloons of yesteryear. You know the ones that advertise that they are "air-conditioned?" Step through the bar's deep-freeze of a doorway (outfitted with plastic strips kept up year-round regardless of the temperature outside) and you realize that you've entered a mystical place - part sports bar, part carnival funhouse. That's right. Not only can you watch the big game on Friendly's dozens of flat-panel televisions, you can also play games to your heart's content. Pool tables, skeeball, shuffleboard, air-hockey and bar-basketball are just a few of the games decorating the many rooms inside this sprawling oasis. And affordable? How many other bars sell Natural Light in a bottle or offer help-yourself snacks from the popcorn maker?
|Bathtub Bud: Jack Patrick's ice-cold beer.|
John P. Fields
Was the bar in the television sitcom Cheers a "sports bar?" If so, John P. Fields certainly qualifies as one as well. Like Cheers - owned by fictional ex-baseball player in Sammy Malone -- J.P Fields is owned (in part) by a former professional athlete in Jim Campbell, a retired winger for the St. Louis Blues. And also like Cheers, J.P. Fields is bedecked in wood - from its oak floors to its regal, old wooden bar. By far the most intimate of the sports bars on this list, John P. Fields is a great place to watch the game with a clientele that melds from happy-hour corporate types to a decidedly younger -- and attractive -- crowd late in the evening. How attractive? Let's put it this way: J.P. Fields is one of the few sports bars in town where the most fetching females in the building aren't the ones pouring the drinks.
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