Where should we go tonight? In my younger days when carousing was the norm, this was perhaps the most important question one could ask. My friends and I would rotate amongst a fairly standard set of small watering holes in Iowa City, often camping out at The Mill, The Foxhead, and George’s for the evening.
I haven’t developed a standard rotation of watering holes now that I’ve moved to St. Louis, mainly because I’ve moved beyond my carousing days. However, if I was to develop a list of regular haunts, The Royale would have to be near the top of that list. It’s a great neighborhood pub in the heart of South City, a place with unexpectedly good food that also has a worthwhile beer list.
One of my favorite aspects to this bar, however, is it’s wonderful neon sign. Facing Kingshighway, the sign is a welcoming beacon on an otherwise desolate stretch of the road populated by big box stores and parking lots. It’s one of those place-making landmarks, a feature that adds intrigue to the neighborhood.
On a long summer evening, I stopped by during a photographic tour of the area around Tower Grove Park. Here’s a couple of photos showcasing this great bar & their amazing neon sign.