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

Venue

Map

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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76 comments
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.

Karen Shaw
Karen Shaw

Sadly I've only been to two of these bars... Sugako when is the last time u were at any 3am bar???

Erica Chinworth
Erica Chinworth

Ryan Sluhan, it's good to see TR made the list. "Shit canned regulars" made me lol.

Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon

this list sucks!! There's no Broadway love, BB's or Broadway Oyster Bar

geography
geography

-1 point for using the term "Maplehood".  -5 points because Nick's is east of Hampton, a good mile from the "Maplehood" city limit.  


Ashley Hughes
Ashley Hughes

Honey wasn't a 3am when this was originally posted in June. Pretty sure they still aren't.

Meester Sicko
Meester Sicko

Cool list! We always just left at 1:30 and then headed to the East Side when we felt frisky. :-)

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I hate Par and Nicks on weekends. I only end up at either one at all because I live in the county. This crappy list is missing The Crack Fox.

Don Occhi
Don Occhi

I am sad to say i have been in only 9 of these perfect bars.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

So you guys support drug use as long as that drug is legal right? lol How about you post an article about how less dangerous marijuana is compared to alcohol and push for its legalization? Nobody wants to see another ad for a bar. Nobody needs anymore reasons to drink than what they already have. If people want to drink they are going to drink. We don't need more of the same. We need something better.

Carlos Lardizabal
Carlos Lardizabal

How is Sandrinas the last one? Have you not had that Gouda dip?

Kevin Davison
Kevin Davison

Saying Nick's is iin "MAPLEHOOD" shows this person is an idiot. It's in Dogtown. But the rest about it is very accurate.

Richard Kyles
Richard Kyles

Oh RFT why the fuck do you even bother trying anymore, your lists are crap. You should at least proof read, we all know you don't fact check.

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

I was wondering where sanginas was and it was at the end. I've been meaning to try the moonrise, its moved up a notch on my short list.

Phil Janovick
Phil Janovick

I live around the corner from the "Handle Bar".......NOW I know where all the 3:15 am drunks are stumbling from.......LOL

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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