The history of Humphrey's
The history of Humphrey's
Opening Night - 1976

Humphrey's was opened for business on June 18, 1976 by Robert "Humphrey" Mangelsdorf and his wife, Janis. Humphrey was a 1969 graduate of Saint Louis University's Cook School of Business, and was an active member of Phi Kappa Theta. His original idea was to have a higher end bar, which led to the creation of the still used logo of "The Humphrey Man" in a tuxedo. Today, Humphrey's is known for its reasonably priced food and beverages.

Robert and Janis restored the 1904 building that became the first part of the current home of Humphrey's. Robert started the tradition of a free libation from a plunger on your birthday (if you are of legal age), which is carried on today. Unfortunately, Robert died unexpectedly in 1986, leaving Janies and three young sons: Robert, John, and Mark. Janis carried on the business and expanded it to its current configuration in 1989. Jan currently runs the daytime business, while son John handles the nights. They are avid supporters of Billiken Athletics.

The history of Humphrey's
Robert (Humphrey) and Janis Mangelsdorf - 1976

Certainly a college bar late at night, Humphrey's is very much a family place during the day and around Billiken functions. Having loyal customers for 40 years means that many of them bring their children… and grandchildren… for some of the great sandwiches that have survived on the menu. Wedding parties frequently stop in for photos during their special day, celebrating some of their own Humphrey's History.  Humphrey's rated in the top 100 best college bars nationally as well as becoming a St. Louis tradition for food, fun and local entertainment.  

Please join us, and make a little Humphrey's History of your own.


- Jan and John