Beatnik Bob’s, St. Louis
Beatnik Bob’s is located in City Museum, which is basically a ten-story jungle-gym made of found industrial materials from the city. Inside you’ll find a seven-story slide, adult-sized hamster tunnels, old airplanes, secret passageways, and climbing trees. And in the middle of all this there is a little bar called Beatnick Bob’s. The selection is nothing special — local beer, normal prices — but the atmosphere is what makes it memorable. You can have a beer and a corndog while checking out their huge collection of Beat Era memorabilia scattered around the bar, or sitting in one of the broken-down bumper cars, or playing one of their 60s era arcade games. After that, you can take a picture in their vintage photobooth for posterity, go play in the adult-sized ball pit for awhile, and then ride a ten story slide back down to the bottom and start the whole thing over again. The best part? The museum is open until midnight on weekends, so if you play your cards right you can do all of this without seeing a single kid.
What to order:
A pint of Schlafly, which is cheap enough that you can still have money leftover to waste on one of the many vintage pinball machines.