Best Bar Bar

Foley's Irish Bar

Not so very long ago, St. Louis was lousy with bar bars. Ones thick with cigarette smoke that served scrumptious (if simple) hamburgers, while the same old jukebox played the same old songs with comforting predictability. They sat on so many neighborhood corners, these bar bars, but with each one that goes smoke-free or starts serving precious sliders instead of burgers, so goes a little piece of history. So it's with more love than ever that we pay homage to Foley's Irish Bar (bar) in Maplewood. Its modest brick-and-wood-paneling innards and pressed-tin ceiling are reminders of neighborhood taverns past, as are the pictures of regulars found here and there, tacked up alongside fliers promoting community events. Food and drink specials are scrawled on a board and punctuated with a smiley face. You bet there's smoking allowed (the bartender sells cigarettes behind the bar and offers apologies on the $7 price tag — smokes are pretty much the most expensive thing here), along with pool tables, foosball, darts, shuffleboard and the usual video-game suspects. Speaking of usual suspects, the smart ones arrive with their own cigs at 4 p.m., when happy hour starts, and Miller Lite and all Anheuser-Busch products are $1.50 till 6 p.m. (If you want to follow 'em on Facebook, you can do so here:

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