The Joint: Thurman Grill & Provisions 4069 Shenandoah Avenue; 772-8484
The Hours: Tues.-Fri. 4-7 p.m., Sat. Noon-7 p.m.
The Deal: $4 Jagers, $.50 off drafts, $3.50 rails, ½ off second glass or bottle of wine
The Scene: Hidden in the tree-lined neighborhood streets of Shaw lies Thurman Grill & Provisions. Perhaps the reigning take-us-as-we-are establishment, at this quintessential neighborhood bar, happy hour seems to be more a state of mind than a list of specials. There are no food discounts, but when you can get a hefty basket of tots for $2.50, there's really no need. The beer and wine list is made up not of "things you need to carry" (all of InBev's offerings), but rather things the proprietors like and believe in. There's also a distinctive soul feeling to Thurman's, from the booth seats that were once part of a church, to the food display case lit like a jukebox, to the relaxed service.
Why You'll Go Back: No matter which St. Louis neighborhood you call home, Thurman Grill makes you feel like you live just up the street. The waiters will make you laugh, and the patio resembles a good friend's backyard.
The Verdict: Although the discounts aren't stellar, that's not really the point of Thurman's happy hour or of Thurman's on the whole. It's not the type of place to go and find amazing and creative ways to eat and drink away stress; it's the place where just walking through the door does the trick.