Best dive bar in the Midwest: Fast Eddie’s Bon Air in Alton, Illinois

About a thirty minute drive from downtown St. Louis, Fast Eddie’s Bon Air humbly calls itself “The best bar in the Midwest, maybe even the world.” We don’t know about that, but we do know what keeps us coming back: the cheap beer, 99-cent half-pound burgers, and huge peel-and-eat shrimp for 29 cents a pop.

The crowd is as eclectic as the decorations on the wall, from bikers to businessmen and everyone in between– except for those under 18. “There was a sign that said ‘No Kids’ and it got us interested,” a diner said in one Youtube video.

Be on the lookout for a glass display case which holds the shoes of the world’s tallest man, Alton resident Robert Wadlow, who lived from 1918-1940 and stood a whopping 8’11”.

For more on Fast Eddie’s, check out this video hosted by the Food Network’s Alton Brown: