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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Lake Springfield Tavern

lake_springfield_tavern.jpg A couple nights ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Lake Springfield Tavern for the first time in my life ever. For the record, the Lake Springfield Tavern is a good mile or more from Lake Springfield.

I remember as a very small child wondering how the Lake Springfield Tavern got its name since it's no where near the lake. As I got older, for lack of a proper explanation, I developed a little legend I would tell to out of towners who might ask me about the place. It went like...

At one time the shores of Lake Springfield gently lapped at the bricks of the tavern. And, instead of cars in a parking lot, boats would pull up to a long since dismantled boat dock. And, when they opened the dam to create Lake Decatur, the shores of Lake Springfield receded greatly, leaving the Lake Springfield Tavern standing far, far away from the lake.

But, no out of towners ever asked me about it. And so, I never did tell that story.

We were two of five patrons in the joint on a late Tuesday night. But, I have to believe the super fine service we got from the bartendress would have been at least the same had there been 50 patrons.

The Lake Springfield Tavern has everything anyone could want in neighborhood bar, including a bar, TV, cashew machine, modern juke box, semi-knotty pine paneling, tables with black vinyl tablecloths. Friendly customer base, what little there was present. Menu consisting of hamburgers, double hamburgers, cheese burgers, and double cheeseburgers. Beer, wine, liquor.

Recommending the Lake Springfield Tavern, at about 13th and Stevenson, to out of towners and in towners, alike.

Posted by Marie at June 29, 2006 11:38 PM


I've never been to LST, but I can boast of sharing a pitcher of Old Style with friends about a decade ago at Sneaky Pete's.

Posted by: The 26th Man at June 30, 2006 1:40 AM

Ten years ago I lived just a couple of houses away from the LST. Id stop in every once in a while for a beer. It did very much have that neighborhood bar feel to it. The one thing I didnt like was the heavy, heavy smell of smoke in the place, even when there was no one in there smoking. Everything in the place was saturated with smoke residue; all the wood, the ceiling tiles, you name it, you could almost see the smoke of cigarettes past wafting off of every surface.

Posted by: Dave at June 30, 2006 7:28 AM

What were you drinking?

Posted by: Kem White at June 30, 2006 8:48 AM

Corner bars and taverns were my favorite kinds of bars when I frequented them back in another life, Marie. I couldn't stay long in the ones where the crowd noise was louder than the jukebox. They were usually too dark for me, too. Mostly beer for me but an occasional whiskey, Bloody Mary, or shot of tequila wasn't out of the realm. LST sounds like a nice place.

Posted by: Rob at June 30, 2006 11:04 AM

Interesting that you posted this when you did. I just got a call that the roof has collapsed at LST and they are moving everything out.

Posted by: Katherine at June 30, 2006 1:57 PM

26th Man, Oh dear. Sneaky Pete's. You probably also went to the Aloha.

Dave, Patch.

Kem, Virgin Mary.

Rob, Totally agree with you.

Kath, OMG! I can't beleive it. I was going to pick up a po'boy over there tonight. Do you know the owner? Not that you have to say. Just curious.

Posted by: Marie at June 30, 2006 7:46 PM

I heard that the roof didn't collapse but that the guy who was running it had a hole kicked in the roof so he could tell everyone that's why he had to move.The truth is that he stopped paying his rent and bounced checks all over town and the tavern was taken away from him. I heard it will be opening in a couple weeks under new management after they apply for a new license. I can't wait because thats one of my stops.

Posted by: at July 4, 2006 11:36 PM

I've been on vacation or I would have answered earlier.
No I didn't the owner, one of the bartenders that worked at Top Cats worked there and called wanting to talk to my daughter. The post above is probably correct, the guy is/was in a lot of trouble.
From what I've heard the building has been owned by Turaskys for a while and they'll be opening there soon. *shrug*

Posted by: Katherine at July 11, 2006 10:55 PM

Kath, I've been following your Flickr photos and enjoying your vacation with you. :)

I drove by the tavern last evening. There were a couple pick-up trucks parked right up by the front door and it looked like some guys might be doing a little carpentry type things inside.

Posted by: Marie at July 11, 2006 11:00 PM

LST is back. I had a cold one last night. It looks really cool in there. I'm glad they still have Steve the cook.

Posted by: at July 26, 2006 11:52 PM

Good to know. Thanks for the update.

Posted by: Marie at July 27, 2006 1:11 PM