The Ten Best 3 a.m. Bars in St. Louis: 2013

Categories: Best Of

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The HandleBar
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2012 wasn't easy. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and scattin' our way through notable runners-up in a number of categories. This week: The best 3 a.m. bars in St. Louis.

See Also:
- The Ten Best Dive Bars in St. Louis
- The Eight Bars With the Best Beer Selections in St. Louis
- The Five Best Places for Karaoke in St. Louis

HandleBar
(4127 Manchester Avenue; 314-652-2212)
Once the odd new kid on the block, HandleBar has now established itself as an anchor, becoming a friendly and successful neighbor to Atomic Cowboy. At first the bar seemed sort of doomed. Its bike-friendly-plus-we-have-pierogies mystique was slightly alarming, even more so because it occupies a space that has changed hands and names several times -- but its spunky appeal prevails. The patrons come in droves nightly, be it for long-running parties like That 80's Club and London Calling, post-FBC blowouts or just a chill night on the patio.

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Par Lounge
Par Lounge
(1001 McCausland Avenue; 314-646-1300)
This one's for all the county kids and grown Claytonites who live practical lives and have, like, jobs that start in the morning. Par Lounge straddles that line where city dissolves into county. You can practically smell the sprawl from here, this shotgun bar where the music died when the much-loved Hi-Pointe closed in 2006. The bar has seen a recent uptick since the Delmar Lounge closed; industry types commingle with the aforementioned real people who drink till 3 a.m. and still manage to be on that early-morning conference call.

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Nick's Irish Pub
Nick's Irish Pub
(6001 Manchester Avenue; 314-781-7806)
We hate to love it, or maybe we just hate it, but there's no getting around the fact we find ourselves at this Maplehood mainstay once or thrice a quarter -- the cheap beer, anonymous crowd and multiple hiding places keep us coming back to get totally hammered more often than we'd like to admit. When the blaring flatscreens in the main bar start to bore, we head upstairs for another Jameson shot, bypass the rowdy crowd at the pool tables, take a round at hunting big game in the video nook, and get in a round of darts before spotting someone's ex and hightailing it down to the sort-of patio. Take it from the Madhatter: move down, clean cup. Oh yeah, Nick's happy hours are ridiculous, like $2 Tuesdays -- perhaps the best evidence that St. Louis' Tuesdays are everyone else's Fridays.


Location Info

HandleBar

4127 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Par Lounge

1001 McCausland Ave., Richmond Heights, MO

Category: Music

Nick's Irish Pub

6001 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Honey

4170 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Trophy Room

5099 Arsenal St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Mangia Italiano

3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Cusumano's Pizza

7147 Manchester Ave., Maplewood, MO

Category: Music

Moonrise Hotel

6177 Delmar Blvd., St Louis, MO

Category: Music

Nellie Glenns Saloon

6109 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Sandrina's

5098 Arsenal St, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Jeffrey Vollmer
Jeffrey Vollmer

Red Door Lounge in East St Louis where else can you still get BBQ at 3AM and listen to blues, R&B, Funk and Soul.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

if they accepted food stamps it would help during these tough times

Brad Kinzel
Brad Kinzel

The Crack Fox should definitely be on this list. Different subcultures mingling with each other always makes for an interesting night. They have a healthy selection of beers, and awesome mixed drinks. And of course they have the best, and most interesting bartenders.

Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons

Wasn't this article published last summer?

Sven McDaniel
Sven McDaniel

Ten best and you don't even list the crack fox? Just when you think the RFT is a decent publication. Guess I'll go grab a few stacks of them to wrap my glass wear as I move. Not like it's useful for anything else.

Dave Tulley
Dave Tulley

Love it or hate it talaynas needs to be on this list

Ashley Elizabeth
Ashley Elizabeth

Crack Fox always. Even though the RFT writers apparently don't like consistency and we won best 3 am but we're not even on this list. And it's from last year.. psh

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Crack Fox. Best 3am bar in Saint Louis according to RFT awards 2013.

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

It's not a bad list - I had not heard about Honey. Who doesn't want a honey nut cheerio shot??!

Tim Brown
Tim Brown

Christina, Britt, ya made the list.

Daniel Hamm
Daniel Hamm

This is the worst list of bars ever. Cusamanos??? The trophy room??

Kristina Clark
Kristina Clark

This list sucks! Riverfront Times is a joke!! Theyre always making lists of the cities "best" and they couldnt be more wrong with all of them. Come on RFT, step it up

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Please advise the genius in charge of RFT's social media that they gave best 3AM bar to The Crack Fox. Consistency is not your strong suit.

Snapper Knowlton
Snapper Knowlton

If a 3 am bar isn't a place that industry people hang out at then its not a true 3 am bar.

Jeffrey Brabow
Jeffrey Brabow

There are more than 10 3:00am bars in St.Louis?!?!

Kristy Martinez
Kristy Martinez

The Irish pub is by moms work! Ty Hunt Susan Vasquez Martinez well good old techelectronics and we never went there:/

Annette Cox
Annette Cox

Ugh!! Sleeping at 3am BUT back n the day!!!!!!!

Tracey Ufheil
Tracey Ufheil

An article from LAST January??? Yesterday "best beer selection" was from last year also. Might have to reduce my feed on Facebook.

Shane Cohn
Shane Cohn

Original Crusoe's should definitely make the list

m.j.bones
m.j.bones

Whoever wrote this should be banned from writing about St.louis for the simple fact they don't know that Nicks Pub is in St.louis, not in Maplewood!

Ryan Turner
Ryan Turner

Hair of the Dog should be listed. Especially with the new taps.

Scott Anders
Scott Anders

Talaynas is a dump. If u saw the kitchen u would never touch anything there.

William Maas
William Maas

This list is incomplete without Mike Talayna's Juke Box!

hermitatpeace1
hermitatpeace1

I cant believe no  mention of Broadway Oyster Bar!

Philip E. Rachford
Philip E. Rachford

Par Lounge, Moonrise, Nellie Glens, Handlebar in order. The rest. No thanks. And, 3 o' clocks are just drunken idiots nowadays. Aside from restaurant industry people, 3 o' clock bars are for drunks.

jcbanner86
jcbanner86

Or for people who need a place to relax as doing out of the office work late into the night.
Or for people that want to go out an celebrate something with friends.
Or pretty much anyone else who wants to swing by a bar after working a late shift. food industry isn't the only one that works late.


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