The Five Best Bicycle Friendly Bars in St. Louis
This morning, we got an email from reader Rob, who is planning a biking bachelor party and was looking for our expertise in recommending some bars to stop at. He was looking specifically for dive bars, but that got us thinking bigger -- what are our favorite places to drink (responsibly, of course) and ride?
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5. Friendly's Restaurant & Pub, 3503 Roger Place
Truly one of our favorite bars in the city for pretty much any occasion, Friendly's makes the list for its proximity to Tower Grove Park and spacious bike rack. There's a fine line between "keeping it real" and "straight-up trashy." Friendly's sits just a smidge to the "real" side of that line. And that, in turn, is what makes Friendly's so glorious and deserving of the title "Best Neighborhood Bar." No pretension here, no fern-based décor. Booze comes cheap, except during random times like "$1.50 Well Drinks When the Home Team Hits a Home Run or Scores a Goal or Touchdown" -- when it comes even cheaper. A very capable jukebox blares Guns N' Roses on command, and the game room contains everything one could hope for: pool, darts and an eighteen-foot shuffleboard table. If it gets too rowdy inside, take your bucket of beer and roam on out to the beer garden, where picnic benches and games of hoosier golf await.
4. The Boathouse in Forest Park, 6101 Government Drive
When the weather begins to break, and warm sunshine defeats the harsh cold, every St. Louisan knows that it's time to hit the park, preferably on two wheels, and Forest Park is the crown jewel of St. Louis parks. It's got it all - a zoo, museums, golf and the perfect place to a drink before or after a day of frolicking: the Boathouse. This kid-friendly restaurant and bar allows folks to kick back, relax and enjoy a drink while taking in the greenery. The beverages remain surprisingly reasonable -- though if you're looking for something with more than two ingredients you can't do much better than the Lakeside Lemonade. Still got energy to burn? The Boathouse also offers paddle boats to those who want to take a trip around Post-Dispatch Lake.
4127 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO