At Pink Galleon Billiards and Games, dozens of hot-pink pool tables make up just part of a colorful and enticing backdrop. Beach-themed decor abounds, and life-size airbrushed murals of pirates, mermaids, and nautical displays sprawl out across the walls. Since the first cue ball was hit in 1993, Pink Galleon Billiards and Games has expanded to two locations spread throughout the Saint Louis area. In addition to pool, Pink Galleon blitzes boredom with ping-pong, foosball, unlimited thumb wars, and arcade games. The family-owned business also boasts a menu of finger-friendly eats, ice-cold beers, and mixed drinks, all of which helped its South County location earn the title of Best Neighborhood Bar in South County from the Riverfront Times.
In the family-style dining room at LuBar & Bistro, chatter from an underground bar, full-service bar drifts up the stairs, hinting at hidden revelry. A stone-fired oven for pizzas spills warmth out across the open space, skilled hands craft Italian ice cream, and spoons click against pots of housemade barbecue sauce, dressings, and marinara. Servers cruise by, transporting sandwiches and gluten-free options down to the underground lounge, where neon darts in ghosts of blue and pink off of a forest of bottles and a gleaming marbled bar. Bartenders mix drinks, ice clicking to punctuate tunes on the jukebox and occasional live music. As patrons lower glasses full of suds from Sam Adams, Hoegaarden, and Smithwick?s, big-screen TVs show sporting events and a soon-to-arrive cadre of video games?including Golden Tee?promise digital thrills. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, a breakfast buffet beckons to early risers from 8 a.m. to noon.
Rookies Sports Bar serves an array of steaks and American fare, boasting an eclectic menu that spans a wealth of tasty territory from pastas and seafood to sandwiches and steaks. Hang a fang on a 12 oz. New York strip steak ($19.99), or the 10 oz. hawaiian-marinated sirloin ($15.99). Chomp down a home-style catfish sandwich ($8.99) or savor the half-pound, Angus beef All-American burger ($7.49). With 27 televisions lighting up the dining space, and pool tables providing an opportunity to woo on-looking admirers with the seductive power of geometry, Rookies Sports Bar stands as a suitable place for after-hours sports spectators and families alike. Recently, the restaurant was the recipient of the Heart of Henderson award, which honors those who give back to the community.
Culled from classified ancestral recipes, DiLegge's mouthwatering dinner menu enchants diners with a comforting slate of Italian-American favorites. Italian grinders ensconce hearty heaps of DiLegge's homemade italian sausage and savory deli meats on fresh hoagie buns before dousing them with savory sprinkles of mozzarella and meat sauce ($5.50 for a half, $6.95 for a whole). Fragrant plates of specialty sauces, including a signature marinara ($6.95 for a medium, $7.95 for a large), garlic olive oil and herb ($6.95 for a medium, $7.95 for a large), and full-bodied pesto ($7.95 for a medium, $8.95 for a large), abide in bubbly anticipation for guests to drizzle them across their choice of angel hair, rigatoni, or mostaccioli noodles. House specialties include a piping panoply of chicken, veal, and seafood dishes ($11.95–$17.95), each served with garlic bread, combination salad, and a sepia-toned headshot of the chef.
While live music from local acts reverberates around the dining room, guests at Backstage Bar & Grill chow down on classic and upscale bar food. Little touches?such as creating tortilla chips and onion rings in-house and letting guests choose from 13 different sauces to dunk their fries in?make the menu stand out from typical sports-bar fare, as do dishes such as the bacon, lobster, and tomato sandwich. After devouring their meals, guests can dance to live music spanning a variety of genres, from country to hip-hop.
Inside a narrow brick storefront topped with a cheery red-and-yellow pitched roof, Burger Bank builds its signature sandwiches with quarter-pound beef patties and toasted buns. Cooks dress each burger with cheese, bacon, ham, pickles, and lettuce to suit diners' individual tastes, as well as assemble philly cheesesteaks and grilled pork-tenderloin sandwiches. Shrimp baskets, potato soup, and hand-dipped ice cream in flavors such as butter pecan and strawberry round out the menu’s roster of hearty eats.