Louis institution cleaned up ever so slightly after new ownership took over a couple of years back following the longtime owner's passing, but thankfully they knew not to mess with a good thing. It's the definition of a neighborhood corner dive, one where everybody becomes a regular the minute they walk through the door and into the darkness.
Bartenders are casually surly, whether you're there at 9am or last call at 4am, and the only way to win them over is to be equally rude to them. Pulling off the double threat of being one of America's best beach bars AND one of its best Diviest dive bar but cheapest drinks think gay club cheap bars is no easy feat though not impossible, see: Flora-Bamabut then again, once you've managed to construct one of America's singular watering holes from the burned down remains of the bar that stood before it, nothing is impossible.
Hell, if we didn't know better, we'd think that some of the patrons never even got up from their seats as the building was moved. Bartenders are casually surly, whether you're there at 9am or last call at 4am, and the only way to win them over is to be equally rude to them. It's Official!
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More importantly, the character of the place is intact. The week is filled with things like a dart league, live music on weekends and a Thursday night open mic hosting local musicians and comedians. Go elsewhere. Irish Haven Fourth Ave. Regulars — there are very many regulars — enjoy the cheap drinks and laid back atmosphere.
I have to agree about Soda. The bands are loud. International is the most pleasant and least obnoxious bar for blocks in every direction—except for maybe Blue and Gold. But that doesn't mean it doesn't have its share of dive bars, of which Murph's stands tall as a sterling example of an Irish pub done right.
Their happy hour is 6 to 9 in the morning, not 6 to 9 at night. E 8th St.