Friday, April 19, 2013

Three Sixty's Neil Minger: Featured Bartender of the Week

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Neil Minger of Three Sixty. Below is a Q&A with Minger, followed by his recipe for a "Detour Ahead."

KAITLIN STEINBERG
  • Kaitlin Steinberg

Ah, the rooftop bar at Three Sixty (1 South Broadway; 314-241-8439). It's swanky, it's sexy and, despite its club atmosphere, the bartenders actually know how to mix a mean cocktail.

Enter Neil Minger: bartender, conversationalist and witness to all sorts of crazy St. Louis shenanigans. Minger has been at Three Sixty since it opened two years ago, and he's seen it all from his perch high above the city -- downtown renovations, electrical storms around the Arch, Cards games and oodles of drunken high jinks. But don't worry. Your secrets are safe with him.

Describe your bartending style in three words. Fun, personable and quick.

A girl walks into a bar and orders _______. She has just earned your undying admiration. Tequila neat.

Where do you go to drink other than your own place, and what do you get? Taste has fantastic drinks. Sanctuaria, Blood and Sand. There are so many good places in St. Louis. When Tim (Rabior) was at Sanctuaria, his absinthe cocktails were fantastic. I also love anything with mezcal.

What is one thing that most people don't realize about crafting cocktails or bartending? It takes time, especially when we're backed up. We're doing the best we can to make a good product as quickly as possible.

Who would you most like to have a drink with and why? Honestly, my immediate thought was Hitler, but I felt really bad about that. I don't even have a reason, but that was the first thought that came to my head.

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