Tom Ackerman, KMOX Sports Director (@Ackerman1120)By Tom Ackerman

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – We asked Blues fans to respond to me on Twitter (@Ackerman1120). As expected, we received a wide variety of hockey bars in the St. Louis area and beyond. I’ve compiled a list of five…with others from Twitter users included so you have many options for tonight:

1) Ballpark Village (601 Clark Ave., Downtown) — As the Blues go deeper into the postseason, this is becoming the gathering spot for fans looking for the ultimate “watch party” experience. Big crowds, huge TV’s…especially in the “Fox Sports Midwest – Live!” area of the massive entertainment district across the street from Busch Stadium. As close as you’ll get to the feel of Scottrade Center when the Blues are out of town.

2) OB Clark’s (1921 S. Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood) – What started as a hangout for Blues players and staff has continued as one of St. Louis’ best hockey bars. The location of KMOX’s longtime postgame shows, OB’s is top-notch when it comes to food (try the pizza!) and service. TV viewing is excellent. Hockey knowledge from the staff and patrons is legit. It has a neighborhood bar feel, but draws customers from all over.

3) Bobby’s Place (108 Meramec Valley Plaza, Valley Park; 143 N. Main St., St. Charles; 1130 Washington Ave., Downtown) – Blues legend Bob Plager put his name on a haven for the hockey fan and expanded it into three locations. The beer will be flowing, wings will be consumed and every pass, shot and check will be analyzed. This is where the diehards hang out, where the stories are told. Note: Valley Park location allows smoking.

4) The Post (7372 Manchester Rd., Maplewood; 763 Old Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur) – The Post is a go-to sports bar for a lot of people and for good reason…everyone seems to have a good time. TV viewing angles are tremendous, service is quick and the menu is strong. Mostly, though, there’s a good feel in the bar that everyone is there for one reason – to watch the game.

5) John P. Field’s (26 N. Central Ave., Clayton) – While other sports bars/restaurants in the area are bigger and better-known, “JP Fields” staked its claim a long time ago: it is a hockey bar. The logo of its restaurant? An NHL shield with a “JPF” across it. Blues pictures on the wall. A goal light (with foghorn) on the bar — but beware — depending on the delay of the TV, the red lamp has been known to be about 5-10 seconds ahead. Food and wait staff are excellent.

There are so many more, but here are the rest from Twitter:

Wheelhouse (1000 Spruce St., Downtown) – Yes, yes and more yes. Great sports bar.
Hotshots (10 area locations) – Love the one in Webster Groves, but they’re all good.
Fast Eddie’s (1530 E. 4th St., Alton) – Once heard a “Let’s Go Blues” chant three hours before faceoff.
Llywelyn’s (four locations) – Always a great choice.
Rigazzi’s (4945 Daggett Ave., The Hill) – Frozen fish bowl!
Flannery’s (1324 Washington Ave., Downtown) – Cool wall of TV’s above the bar.
7th St. Bar & Grill (1530 7th St., Soulard) – Getting good reviews.
Maggie O’Brien’s (2000 Market St., Downtown) – Longtime meeting spot.
DS Vesper’s (701 S. Belt W, Belleville) – Lots of Blues fans on the Illinois side.
Amsterdam Tavern (3175 Morganford Rd, St. Louis) – Soccer bar knows its hockey.
Buffalo Wild Wings (all locations) – Wings. Beer. Sports. That covers it.

And Blues bars out of town:

Campus Bar & Grill (304 S. 9th St., Columbia, Mo.) – MIZ-LGB!
Sobo 151 (151 S. Broadway, Denver) – Best hockey bar in Colorado?
Foley’s (18 W. 33rd St., New York City) – If you can find my signature on the wall, I’ll buy you a beer there.
Percy’s BBQ and Darts (210 Ave. A, New York City) – Another STL spot in NYC.

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