Best Place for a First Date (Not a Restaurant)

One-Nite Stand

Conversation is the key to a quality first date, and no place in St. Louis has more conversation pieces than One-Nite Stand. Open for business for nineteen years on the corner of Gravois and Ohio avenues in south city, One-Nite Stand is smoky as hell and kind of smells like Grandpa's house. (The first thing you see when you walk in the door is a metal rack stocked with cheap pints of liquor and MD 20/20 and a cryptic sign that reads, "We do NOT do setups here!!!") There are two immaculate pool tables and, outside, a pristine patio with a trickling fountain in the center. On Fridays and Saturdays the place hosts raucous karaoke parties, so you can either show off your singing skills or commiserate over your complete lack thereof. The best part, though, is the name. It's the perfect icebreaker — a way to show off your sense of humor and, if you play your cards right, get lucky. And we mean that literally: The bar also sells lottery tickets.

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