Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Eric Weis of Sub Zero Vodka Bar. Below is a Q&A with Weis and his recipe for a "Double Trouble."
To say that Sub Zero Vodka Bar (308 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-1200) carries a lot of vodka is like saying that Missouri has a lot of meth. But while the sheer variety of vodkas at the Central West End bar might seem daunting to some bartenders, Eric Weis views it a challenge. He's a master at mixing creative flavor combinations, and with so many vodkas to choose from, his possibilities are nearly endless.
Weis has been working at Sub Zero since August of last year, but in that time, the self-proclaimed whiskey drinker has learned a lot about vodka. From bacon-flavored vodka to espresso-infused vodka, Weis can mix it all. And vodka-haters out there, beware: He just might convert you.
Describe your bartending style in three words. Friendly, no-nonsense and fun.
A girl walks into a bar and orders a _____. She has just earned your undying admiration. Jameson.
Other than your own place, where do you go to get a good drink? And what do you get? I personally like hole-in-the wall bars where you can sit down. I like seeing grizzled old men at the bar. I'm a whiskey guy myself. I really like going to O'Connell's Pub (4652 Shaw Avenue; 314-773-6600). They have one of the best burgers you can get in Missouri and these grumpy old man bartenders that are just awesome. Really good food, really good whiskey.
What is one thing that most people don't realize about crafting cocktails or bartending? You really have to know really good flavor combinations. You have to know what goes with what. You can't just throw things together and expect them to work.
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