Live Blog: 24 Consecutive Hours at Pop's Nightclub

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 8:51am
DJ Big J really is the best. He took a full break so he could karaoke Toto's "Africa."

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 8:06am
There are still a crapload of people here. I just caught myself rubbing my eyes like a sleepy toddler.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:45am
Much clown love in the powder room. Family!

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:21am
Good morning from the Pop's parking lot.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:02am
People are waking up for church right about now, so let's pretend to be civilized for a minute and drop some actual results of the research that I've been doing while I'm here.

There is a local urban legend that Pop's has actually been open 24 hours a day since 1981. The first location of the club was just across the parking lot from here on the same plot of land that now holds the Sauget Diner, but it burned down as a result of an electrical fire in the 1990s. So, the story goes like this: When Pop's No. 1 burned down, the club still sold beer in the parking lot to maintain its 24/7 reputation. Management at Pop's says that story isn't true, but they do say that employees and patrons certainly did drink beer in the parking lot as they watched the building burn. Some brought flowers, too. Their grieving was short lived, however, when the current Pop's location opened just a couple of days later.

For the record, Pop's is closed exactly one day a year: on Christmas. They joke that they have a hard time on every December 25th with finding the keys to lock the front door since the front door is never locked otherwise. And because the place is so enthusiastic about its 24-hour-a-day reputation, we locals know that winter weather is actually really, really bad when Pop's makes an announcement that it is closed because of ice or snow. Personally, I know that the few times that has happened that I have been terrified for my life. In my mind, if Pop's is closed, that must mean that we're all going to die.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 6:42am
"Cupid Shuffle" is on again, and friend Shaun is dancing the Curly Shuffle. #blessed

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 6:30am
So, here's the deal: I had planned on staying here from noon on Saturday until noon on Sunday, but since tonight marked the "spring forward" bit of daylight saving time, my plans got all weird. This means that if I stay until noon on Sunday, technically, I've only stayed for 23 hours instead of 24. That would ruin my bragging rights. So I think I'm going to try to stay until 1 p.m. today. Also, I haven't mentioned this yet: I am at Pop's and I've been way sober the entire time. I repeat: it is 6:30 in the morning and I've been at Pop's for about eighteeb hours and "Rack City" is playing and I'm sober. Fact: I am more punk than you.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 6:00am
Six more hours. I amaze me, but I have friends here to keep me company. They're eating cheese fries.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 5:55am
The crowd has thinned just a bit, but the place still feels full. Some are leaving while others are just arriving. In the super-amazing film Tapeheads, they would call this photo "production value."

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 5:32am
The Philly cheesesteak outside in the parking lot is bumpin'.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 4:21am
This crappy picture is a view from the balcony. It's WAY more crowded than it appears in this photo. This place is packed. The DJ just played Pharrell William's "Happy" followed by "Great Balls of Fire" then "Footloose" and "Jailhouse Rock." It's a party on the dance floor.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:53am
My friend Ryan doesn't know how to do the "Cupid Shuffle" dance, but he's trying. Dude, you need to spend some more time at Time Out on Gravois.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:05am
So "spring forward" just happened, and this place just got balls insane. People are coming through the door at the rate of about one a minute, and the whole place just got instantly packed. Big J is killing with the hits and the dance floor is filling up. Here's the view from the stage.

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Continue to the next page for earlier dispatches.


Location Info

Pop's Nightclub

401 Monsanto Ave., East St. Louis, IL

Category: Restaurant


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81 comments
Nathan Kromat
Nathan Kromat

I don't feel like she got the real experience with out having a single drink

Stu Heck
Stu Heck

She deserves a tetanus shot.

Kaitlin Riley
Kaitlin Riley

I can't believe it took you guys a year after we first discussed this to finally do it! Way to go!

Arti K Patel
Arti K Patel

Bahaha did you try to sell it? I remember the damn cat and cage lol

Katie Markert
Katie Markert

Arti K Patel remember the time I brought a cat there in the backseat of my car? Then tried to sell it for $300? The good ol days lol

Gina Marciano Mitauer
Gina Marciano Mitauer

Pops...where the leftovers from the other bars go..... In hopes of still being picked up for the night!! Not safe for women there!!! Glad those days are long gone!!!

Danielle C Dumey
Danielle C Dumey

Everyone always says they don't like going to pops, but after the STL bars closed they are the first to jump up and try to get everyone to go. I always have fun def a good late night stop to finish off the night!!

George Acosta II
George Acosta II

I saw 2 guys in a fist fighting at 6:30 in the morning there, it's a wild place !

Nikki Holland
Nikki Holland

How could they tell how old he was if he was wearing a mask?

Katelyn Stapleton
Katelyn Stapleton

Creepy. I bet he was looking for something/one. He took my move too. Except, I leave a note at the bar and I am way to unfashionable to keep up with his style.

Tami Jolly-Bollinger
Tami Jolly-Bollinger

The place really don't suck. I have had friends that was in bands play on that stage. My sons band plays on that stage. Hell the 20th of this month he will be on that stage with his band Acid Era. You people want to put that place down. It is a place local musicians like to play. And you talking about real journalism...this is RFT!!! For as long as I can remember thats what RFT has always been about...the local scene. I do agree though who ever did it could have done a better job. Maybe been there a night when bands was there.

Adrian Gandara
Adrian Gandara

That place sucks. I can believe this passes for journalism. I guess there's no real news in the world. Try going to that place when they don't know you're a journalist.

Greg Jackson
Greg Jackson

she powdered her nose in the bathroom, sounds about right.

Tami Jolly-Bollinger
Tami Jolly-Bollinger

LoL Pops is in Sauget not East Saint Louis and it isnt as bad as a location as you make it out to be. I grew up here. If any band wants a tour I got ya covered.

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

I liked the old pops....And what a great way to get the youth to visit MONSANTO blvd...And do some drunken whoring..

Rachel Gillooly
Rachel Gillooly

I have been to POPS 2 times in my 31 years of life both times bei.g sober I don't drink because I need my brains intact but both times I was injured by drunk people. I avoid concerts anc crowds to avoid serious injuries.

Michele Chapel
Michele Chapel

Had the best late night breakfast after the clubs in STL closed at 3 in the mid 80s..ya Im old but I lived when we knew how to party..loved the original POPS

Lori N Tim Fowler
Lori N Tim Fowler

You wouldn't catch me there in that area anymore, no freaking way.

Virginia Superwolf
Virginia Superwolf

Will you hire me to do an overnight live blog reporting at The Oz next? I already live facebook my thoughts & observations that come into my headspace all day errday

Kelly Brantley Hagerty
Kelly Brantley Hagerty

Pops is my favorite place for people watching... All walks of life and mostly everyone is having a good time. What's so bad about that? Mega bonus points for a good 80's cover band!

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