I suppose that over the course of a man’s lifetime, there may prove a time and a place for bottle service.

There may even be some mysterious benefit to sitting upon the acme of social drinking status that is the VIP section. Perhaps being perched a few steps above the general-admission masses and clad in $150 pattern-pocketed jeans offers some glimpse of what it takes to achieve societal advancement.

Maybe $9 drinks really do taste better to those with refined palates and deeper pockets than mine.

I wouldn’t know. I wear Levis and fancy my tee shirts sans glitter effects, and my car has but four rather unimpressive cylinders. I prefer a nice lager to top-shelf Martinis, and the questionable behavior of unpretentious people open-minded enough to engage in it from time to time.

I prefer places like the Tower Pub in South City off of Morgan Ford.

Any establishment can serve a drink, but the places that last garnish their fare with an experience and an energy that leaves a stronger mark than the hangovers that often follow.

Even when you overindulge, you can’t wait to do it all over again.

You know the feeling…the instant placation…the sense that where you’re at is where you are supposed to be. And you’re surely familiar with the opposite sensation as well…when you just want to get the fuck out of there because the people, the service, the prices...they all suck.

The staff and regulars at Tower Pub will tell you that what makes them unique is the atmosphere – all that poetic fluff I just threw at you – and they are probably right. You can walk into that place alone, instantly make friends over a game of pool, darts, Golden Tee or bags on the (heated and sporting a sweet fire pit) patio and find yourself stumbling out with……never mind.

But the drink specials alone make this place worth a visit.

Monday: $2 Drafts and $4 Bombs

Tuesday: $2 Tall Cans and $3 Stoli Cocktails

Wednesday (Ladies Night): $1.50 Call-Its and $2 Draft Specials for Guys


Thursday (Trivia Night): $1 PBR and $2 Boulevard Drafts

That’s right. $2 tall cans on Tuesday. It is a glorious spectacle to behold. And the music on Friday and Saturday nights, at least as I have experienced it, is always solid. Add to that their Happy Hour (3-7 pm, $2 bottles/drafts/rails) and Cardinal game specials ($2 bottles/drafts) and you have a little something I like to call a no-brainer.

There is always a crowd, but it somehow never feels too crowded, and I’ve never once had to park more than a block away.

And what’s best is that no one gives a shit what you drove, what’s in your glass or what you are wearing. Within reason, of course. Contrary to popular belief, nursing upon a tall can at a South City bar does not automatically entitle you to wife-b wearing privileges. 

The fact is, everyone's too busy enjoying themselves and the scene that surrounds them. A diverse and welcoming scene. A scene that often includes a smoking hot, curly blonde bartender and down-to-earth owners mingling with their patrons.

Patrons. Not 
Patrón. This isn't a Young Jeezy video. This is South Saint Louis. You can keep your bottle service.



J. Adams is the creator of InsideSTL’s Man Hole section which seeks to promote the many local businesses in our fair city deserving some attention. Certified Man Hole articles are NOT paid advertisements. Is there a spot you think fits the bill? Email him at justin@intangiball.com or hit him up on Twitter via @Intangiball and make your case

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The Ice
# The Ice
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:25 PM
Chris Reed
# Chris Reed
Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:49 AM
Very nice. While I'm definitely one who enjoys a premium tequila or rum with a good cigar, it's hard to beat a tavern with cheap beer. Probably why I still live in Belleville.
# Picante
Friday, September 23, 2011 6:05 AM
Always love visiting The Tower patio.
Anonymous User
# Anonymous User
Saturday, October 01, 2011 1:02 PM

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