Mike Talayna’s Juke Box Restaurant
1115 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
If you’re looking for a classy way to turn 21—or 45—Talayna’s is your best bet. Owned and operated by the legendary Mike Talayna, the karaoke bar (and former strip club!) offers mirrored walls, disco balls and an entertaining swath of local culture.
Go for the well drink specials (trust us, they’re strong), the conversations you’ll have in the bathroom, and the fact that this is probably the only bar in St. Louis where satin hot pants, a glittered tank top and five-inch heels are components of an acceptable outfit. Sign up early for karaoke—there’s a long waiting list.
“I went to Talayna’s to celebrate my 21st birthday … The atmosphere was very friendly, there were lots of familiar faces. We all just mingled out on the dance floor and had a really fantastic time,” junior Michael Brodsky said.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of owner Mike Talayna sitting at the bar with a series of mixed drinks in front of him; we’re pretty sure he’s been sitting at the same spot since around 1975. And if you’re smart, you’ll tell your sober driver to remember that there’s a 24-hour Steak ’n Shake right down the street.