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Jun 19, 2008 08:54 PM

Iron Barley, StL -- A Couple Questions

I've read some good recs for Iron Barley on this board, and gotta admit I also saw a fun segment on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Never been, so I was thinking of checking it out my next trip into town this August.

First, what is the noise level? My dad is particularly sensitive to noise, especially clanging or ringing noises. I know it doesn't seem like a sedate or quiet restaurant, but how oppressive is the noise level there? (Probably have to go on a Friday night.)

Second, what is the smoking policy? Sometimes we request patio seating to cut down on the noise level (above) but I'm particularly sensitive to cig smoke, especially after living in California for so long. Is the inside smoke free? What about the patio?

I've read the reviews -- a couple of years old -- on Sauce and RFT, and neither seems to address my concerns. Thanks so much to any St. Louis 'hounds for your feedback.

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  1. We went for lunch during the week and there were only a couple other tables there. It wasn't loud at all. I'd imagine that it's much louder at the dinner hour and on the weekends. I'll say that there's not likely to be any reduction in sound inside because of the hard floors and walls.

    I'm assuming there's smoking allowed but no one was smoking when we were there but it is in STL where it's "fine" to smoke in restaurants (something I desperately wish would change!)

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      1. I am 99% sure there is no patio of any sort there. A patio in that part of the city is not a great idea, I would think. I also think they have live bands/music on the weekends, so that might also effect noise level.

        No chance for you to take your dad for a lunch? That might be quieter.

        1. There is no smoking there so don't worry about that. They don't have a patio. The noise level would probably be a concern on a Friday night unless you went early. Everytime I've been after 5:30 or 6 on a weekend they've been packed. I've been going there for several years now and I love it.