I certainly find professional reviews helpful and interesting to read, but, good or bad, I try not to let them diminish my curiosity about a restaurant. I’ve run into too many people who bash or praise a restaurant based on someone else’s experience rather than their own! Recently my friends threw me a wonderful surprise party on the patio at Nadine’s Gin Joint. The food was perfect and the service was tops. Mussels, fried oysters, toasted ravioli and a wonderful nacho bar, not their ordinary menu. Everyone was treated with such attention, my friends and family who have never been there were impressed. I could not have been happier with the choice of venue. The patio at Nadine’s Gin Joint is amazing and even though it was a warm July evening in St. Louis. The added fans were there for the occasional welcomed breeze. I suggest more people think of Nadine’s for these special occasions! Thank you to the Staff and Owner at Nadine’s Gin Joint for making it the best 40th birthday party!
Best Neighborhood Bar (City) - 2009
Nadine's Gin Joint
There are only four types of gin available at Nadine's Gin Joint. Blame the bar's namesake for the misnomer. "I guess Nadine just liked the sound of it," a barkeep once explained. "It's like one of those Prohibition-era places where you'd go to drink and have fun while everyone else was sitting at home wishing liquor was legal." Nadine's isn't special because it's some kitschy throwback to another era. Rather, it has the timeless, comforting feel of a true drinking-person's establishment. The beer is cheap, the drinks are stiff and the kitchen serves soulful, down-home cookin'. The interior is exposed brick, and there's a modest garden patio outside. The bartenders are the capable, friendly sort that can either crack a joke or drown your sorrows. There's a colorful cast of barflies, and there's Nadine herself, talking up the regulars and making sure everyone's got what they need. You'll have to go elsewhere for your Beefeater and tonic, but Nadine's embodies the booze-cloaked soul of Soulard.