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Red’s Eighth Inning

Being a firefighter seems like a really cool job, except for that whole “running directly into a burning building” thing — hard pass on that. But the part where you just hang around at the firehouse all day shooting the shit with firefighters? That part we can get into. And that’s a big reason Red’s Eighth Inning (6412 Michigan Avenue, 314-353-1084) is so great. Ostensibly a sports bar, this Carondelet watering hole is the go-to spot for many of St. Louis’ current and former firemen, with dozens of helmets, antique fire extinguishers and old fire hoses lining its walls. Get all the fun of hanging out with firefighters — who truly have the best stories — without any of the fire! And with a happy hour that starts at 6 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m., you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down to do it. Red’s Eighth Inning is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until 1:30 a.m., and is closed on Sundays.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hill