Archive for the ‘Karaoke’ Category

You know, it really feels like it’s been about a thousand years since I’ve been to a new dive bar.  It has really been two months since I’ve gotten out to a new place.  This time of year though, with my Fish Fryday Series going on, time’s been a little bit short on hitting bars.  Then couple that with the fact that my slinger posts have been picked up by St. Louis City Edition which puts a greater importance on getting out for new slingers, and well my dive bars have kind of gotten ignored.

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Karaoke On Tuesday Night

Posted: November 12, 2009 in Karaoke, STL: Carondelet

OK, due to being invited, I’m not going to give a full write up, especially since it was not the kind of bar I would have driven past and said, I need to review this place.  I actually struggled with this question quite a bit.  I really do want to keep some sort of journalistic integrity, but also struggling with a lack of content recently, due to real life concerns, that are thankfully handled.  Last week, I received an email from the owner of the Riverside Cafe. She wanted to introduce herself to me, and such.  We had been talking back and forth on a forum we both read.

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On Sunday, the fiancee and I were driving down to the Bevo Neighborhood to visit our friends’ new baby. On our way down there, we saw a few great bars that the 13 Blog had to check out in the very near future. Well, the first one we got to was Colorado Bob’s Ship of Fools. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a great picture of the front of the place, but I did my best!!

When we parked the car and took a look around, the bar’s in what looks to be and old storefront…or perhaps a couple of them.  This gives a unique look and feel to the place.

The first thing you see here is their beer sign.  As you can plainly see, this is a horrid, nasty beer.  I can’t even imagine what Busch Bavarian Style Beer would taste like on draft.  As we discussed in this post, one of the great signs for a good dive is a bad beer sign.

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The Corner Bar In Lemay, MO

Posted: September 28, 2009 in Faux dive, Karaoke, Lemay

On Friday night, a group of us when out to a place in Lemay called “The Corner Bar.” It’s a bar that does karaoke Thu-Sat. Our usual guy, Ali Baba, was out of the country. There does seem to be something weird about a Pakistani fellow going to Israel…but hey, he’s Ali Baba, and I don’t question him.

So, this place is run by an Elvis impersonator, Bryan something or other. He seemed a nice fellow at first and at middle. He started off by coming over and introducing himself to us, and asking if we were going to be singing. So that was nice. We were having a good time, and drinking…at least I think we were drinking… I’ll get to that in a minute…actually I’m REALLY getting ahead of myself here.

So, we’re in there, and the bar is in two rooms, the sports bar room and the karaoke room. There were four flat screen TVs playing a myriad of games in the place. Cards, Mizzou, and some random college football game. Nice. The bar was decorated very nicely as well. I bellied up to the bar, and ordered two bourbon and cokes. Got those, six bucks…not too bad. I was told the place was a bit pricey on rails, but that’s not bad at all, except they were lime flavored…tasted like lime. Couldn’t get rid of that taste.

So we switched drinks. Not cool. So eventually we kind of settled on what we were doing…just kept drinking anyway…drinking and drinking. Bar tab was about $40 when it was all said and done too…we never spend that much. We went through about 5 or 6 rounds, and I’m like 100% certain it was watered down. Seriously. I’m now calling it theoretical booze. My tolerance hadn’t gone up quite that much. Two nights previously I got pretty darned happy on 5 beers…so you do the math. We were F-I-N-E fine after that much…and all the drinks were priced differently..for rail drinks….?

Now the karaoke part of the evening…we were among the first people there, but it took about an hour for my first song to come up. Then the DJ started singing quite a bit…it culminated with him and a large fellow singing four songs in a row. At that point, we just had it. We left. It was so much fun till that point too. I really don’t understand the deal. We don’t really see ourselves frequenting this place. The drinks were more expensive, the DJ’s fun till he gets bored hearing other people sing…and well…the crowd was strange.

We may go there for an hour or two while waiting for River City Pub to clear out a bit, but that’s it.