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Tavern at Clifton Heights

Sophie’s Place may be no more, but the Tavern at Clifton Heights (2817 Watson Road, 314-645-4033), which recently opened in its longtime home, hasn’t altered much since the place changed hands two months ago: same bartenders and same pool tables, free on Sundays and Mondays. In fact, the new owners haven’t even swapped out the exterior sign … the better for us to know where to go for early-morning drinks. Yes, the place still opens at 6 a.m. under its new management. And people still come out; a line of regulars is often waiting for the doors to open in the mornings. With the bar’s unfussy atmosphere and dirt cheap drinks, it’s easy to see why. Pro tip: If you’re still around at 11 a.m. when Adam’s Smokehouse, the barbecue spot next door, opens, get in there and have yourself a meal. You won’t regret it. The Tavern at Clifton Heights is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Hill