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 2013 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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