29. Because nothing eradicates the taste of Provel like a few strong belts of whiskey.
28. Because we can drink and smoke indoors--like civilized folk.
27. Our continued alcoholism keeps our citizens employed by the local breweries, amounting to a form of "civic duty" and a righteous fight against unemployment with every crushed beer can.
Photo by Chuck Dresner / http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/
26. The zoo is free, leaving enough extra money in your pocket to keep buying beer from one of the many vendors until you are drunk enough to get into an argument with a caged animal.
25. Some nights the best part of about drinking in St. Louis is leaving St. Louis and heading east at 3 a.m. to drink until dawn; first at a casino, then at Pop's. (Provided you take a cab there and back or have a few teetotaling friends.)
24. You can now get corrected on how to pronounce "maibock" in St. Charles, a beer wasteland just a few years ago, thanks beer-focused (sports) bars like 28/65 Brewhouse.
23. Because 50-cent Stag night lives on at bars like Atomic Cowboy and The Livery.
22. Vintage Budweiser merch is plentiful around St. Louis. You'll never want for a Budweiser tank top (or Spuds McKenzie shirt) to wear to the Lake of the Ozarks.
21. In addition to being the hometown of Everclear (more on that later), we also can claim Pearl Vodka, available in a variety of flavors. Try the cucumber!
19. Because the State of Missouri is not concerned about our immortal souls and we can buy booze on Sunday. Praise the Lord, amirite?
15. The beer at the grocery store is fresher than the milk.
14. Cops in "The Most Dangerous City" got bigger crimes to worry about than DUIs. (Pictured: Police Chief Sam Dotson at a publicity event to draw attention to sexual assault.)
11. Because our cops turning a blind eye to drinking on the streets (open containers).
10. BYOB or BYOWine at places like Pizza-a-GoGo where you just walk in with a sixer.
9. More drinking at churches! Everything from church picnics to trivia nights to rummage sales to fish fries.
8. Coming to love the smell of the Anheuser-Busch brewery (because at first it borders on repellant) while you're drinking a beer in Soulard.
Taking the shuttle from Soulard bars to Busch Stadium and back, so you can avoid having to drive (and park) after a few libations.
4. Because you can always find a group to go in on a bus to the wineries.
3. Because what goes better with the world's best barbecue than beer? (Pictured: Barbecue chicken at Lil' Mickey's Memphis Barbeque.)
2. Because you've enjoyed the small glory in drinking a bottle of wine on Art Hill.
1. Food truck Fridays go great with booze.