Live Blog: 24 Consecutive Hours at Pop's Nightclub

Categories: Fiesta!

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 3:27pm
This Blues game is thrilling, yo. And while we're on the subject of local celebrities, I'd like to take this opportunity to invite Murphy Lee of the St. Lunatics to come hang out with me today/tonight/tomorrow. We're in love; he just doesn't know it yet.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 3:08pm
"And they got a pool table, too!"

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(If you didn't read that in Garth Algar voice, your life sucks.)

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 3:06pm
These Blues announcers sound like they have a major crush on David Backes. But who doesn't?

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:45pm
A few dudes just showed up and ordered drinks. Should I talk to them? I feel too shy to approach them, but I have the feeling that they'll come and talk to me soon, anyway. They always do.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:26pm
I forgot hand sanitizer, but remembered to bring an extension cord. We'll call it a draw. The Blues game is on the television now. GOshie! Also, I'm going to the show advertised in this photo next weekend. Two Saturdays in a row at Pop's? My life is awesome/sad like that.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:50pm
I'm settling into a groove. I brought a lot of stuff to work on because I knew I'd be here for at least a while by myself. Do you know how many ways you can procrastinate at home? Instead of getting writing done, I'll frequently decide that it's a great time to clean the dust off of my ceiling fan or reorganize my shoes. Not here. I have nothing else to do right now but work or play a one-sided game of pool. It's just you and me, Taylor Swift notebook.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 1:28pm
The music has been switched off, the sound in here is now the audio for the basketball game that's on the the TVs. One of these basketball players is named Dalton Pepper. Dalton Pepper! Say it aloud if you don't get me yet.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 01:05pm
The bartender here is very sweet. She was confused about why I was here at first, but she's super nice, and before I can even ask, she offers me the Pop's wifi password. I'm the only non-employee here right now. It's dark in here. I like it.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 12:02pm
The first song I heard as I walked in. A good sign, I think.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 12:01pm
I've arrived.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:45am
There are few stretches of road in St. Louis that I love to drive more that lovely section of highway 55 north from Loughborough to downtown. The beautiful architecture, the view of the river, they way traffic always slows down just south of the merging highways, allowing you a nice long view of our beautiful Arch. But this time, I peeked across the river with apprehension, knowing that soon I'd be in Sauget for, like, forever.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:20am
I packed my prep backpack. Red Bull, granola bars, sunglasses, my favorite pens and my super-hawt Taylor Swift notebook. Let's do this. Also, now would probably be a good time to mention that there's a man at my house, and I've authorized him to use deadly force to protect my collection of heart-shaped sunglasses, so don't go trying to bust into my crib while I'm away.

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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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