For $10, you get $25 worth of pub grub and drinks at Three Monkeys in Tower Grove Park. This neighborhood gem features a Cheers-like setting, modestly priced plates, and sparkling neighborhood-gem-like drinks more thirst-quenching and tantalizing than the huge gem-like diamond astronomers found in outer space in 2004.
Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill, voted Best Neighborhood Bar by Riverfront Times in 2007, first opened its doors in 1928 under the moniker Friendly Tavern, and served as a community social club and a meeting place for church groups. Since then, the spot has changed hands and embraced modern technology, but retains its original unpretentious atmosphere. More than 40 flat-screen TVs let patrons watch multiple sports games at the same time by crossing their eyeballs in different directions. A game room houses regulation pool tables, arcade games, and more than 30 other diversions, and a spacious outdoor beer garden with picnic benches lures patrons outside during warm months.
Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill complements cold beers and mixed drinks with a menu that encompasses all types of pub appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees, such as the ever-popular fried chicken. The spot's kitchen can also cater private events with trays of gourmet meats and cheeses, or the Southern Chef Special Buffet, which makes bellies growl with a charming Southern twang.
At Time Out Bar & Grill, patrons sip beers and cocktails over friendly games of pool, scarf down appetizers of chicken tenders and toasted ravioli, and wrap their hands around meaty half-pound burgers. Diners quell hunger pangs with savory bowls of pasta or plates of cheesy pizza, or take on the ocean's most—skewers, salads, and pastas made with blackened shark.
Pint glasses fill with fresh drafts of craft beers from Parma Grill and Tap's microbrewery while cooks prepare platters of Italian fare, such as lasagna and eggplant parmesan, inside the kitchen. A selection of specialty pizzas includes buffalo chicken with blue-cheese or ranch dipping sauce and Elizabeth's Favorite, a vegetable pizza topped with roasted eggplant and fresh tomatoes.
As its name explains, Dooley's Beef N Brew House serves up its burgers alongside a roster of brews. Diners can sip on an ice-cold beer?or a root beer?while cruising the menu of bar-friendly grub, including the 6-ounce Dooley's burger, which can be customized with a range of toppings, including bacon, sauteed onions, and a scoop of creamy cheese spread on the patty (all of Dooley's cheese spreads are made in-house). "The thing that makes Dooley?s unique is the way the creamed cheeses slowly blanket the burger and pick up all those meaty juices to create a succulently messy sauce," Sauce Magazine wrote. This signature burger's also gotten attention from Alive Magazine and Fox Channel 2.
The kitchen also turns out a host of sandwiches, beer franks, and sweets to round out meals, such as Guinness floats, made with real Guinness and ice cream. On certain nights, musicians play, and sports fans can watch games on Dooley's TVs or stop in before Cardinals games; the restaurant operates a free shuttle to the home games. There is also a free parking lot, except during Fox events.