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  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    The Best Easter Brunches in St. Louis: 2014

    Easter Sunday is like the mack daddy of all brunches. We we were kids, it was all about the Easter egg hunt. Now it's waffles, bacon and lots of mimosas. It's also a time for many to get together with family, and brunch is an after-church tradition. There are lots of choices for your holiday brunch, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Check Out the New Sub Zero Bars at Edward Jones Dome

    If you're heading to the Rams game this weekend at the Edward Jones Dome (701 Convention Plaza Street; 314-342-5201), you might want to stop by Sub Zero Vodka Bar's (308 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-1200) new bars. Before now, there was only a 75-person, sold-out club, but now all of us normal folk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Sub Zero Vodka Bar Goes French for Les Misérables

    Les Misérables opens Sunday night at the Muny (Forest Park, 314-361-1900), and although the show is great (and Tony Award-winning), it's more than depressing. The musical's name kind of gives it away -- things aren't going to end well for Fantine and the gang. Perhaps to cheer everybody up, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Vin de Set Hosts Fifth Annual Oysters Five Ways Festival Sunday, March 10

    Vin de Set (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-8989) hosts its fifth annual Oysters Five Ways Festival at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. The restaurant has flown in 1,400 Penn Cove Pacific oysters, and head chef and general manager Ivy Magruder tells Gut Check he and his kitchen staff are armed and ready to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Happy Hour at the Side Bar: Drink Deals Go On Trial

    The Side Bar (1317 Washington Avenue; 314-621-7376) The Hours: Weekdays, 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: Monday: $1 domestic beers; Tuesday: Two for one domestic beer and well drinks; Wednesday through Friday: $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks, $4 house wines and $4 Skyy vodka drinks.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Ten Best Irish Dishes in St. Louis: Guinness-Battered Fish and Chips at Molly Darcys

    Though generally considered to be the premier British take-away meal, fish and chips is a popular dish in Ireland as well. At Molly Darcys Irish Pub at Seven Gables Inn (26 North Meramac Avenue, 314-863-8400) in Clayton, the Guinness-Battered Fish and Chips melds together two Emerald Isle favorites ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    100 St. Louis Bands, 100 Drink Pairings: A Comprehensive Guide

    It's like having Tom Crusie at your beck and call at every St. Louis show. ​Oh, the interwebz. You give us so many awesome gifts. You even take things that are already awesome, and then you put a kitten on them and make them even awesomer. For that we thank you. Today we celebrate Drinkify.or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Mosaic Debuts Des Peres Location

    Sarah Baraba​The Mosaic family has expanded yet again. On Friday, October 7, Mosaic opened its third location at 11925 Manchester Road in Des Peres. The new spot follows the original downtown restaurant and an outpost at Lambert. "Des Peres is a terrific community," says general manager Gregg Doy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Swedish Fish Vodka, Farmhaus

    Alicia Lohmar​First, a quick retraction. We wrote in this very column, just a little over a year ago, "...don't sully the time-honored occupation of respectable drinking by concocting all sorts of foolishness that ends in '-tini' and isn't 'gin martini' or that contains the words 'nipple' or 'bomb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Eight Awful Uses for Terrible Flavored Vodkas

    Hey vodka makers? You're out of control. It was cute and interesting many, many years ago when the likes of Absolut, Stoli, and Smirnoff got the bright idea to make flavored vodkas. Vodka with pepper flavor for bloody Marys? Great! Citrusy vodkas with tonic? Perfection. But come on. With the annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: May 13-15

    Image viaBring your pooch to Yappy Hour at the Bleeding Deacon this Sunday!​ Friday, May 13: Grand opening week @ I Scream Cakes During Cherokee Street's Cinco de Mayo celebration last Saturday, a new kid on the block opened its doors for the first time. I Scream Cakes debuted its custard sty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The 34 Club's Sean Brennan: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles the 34 Club's Sean Brennan. Below is a Q&A with Brennan, followed by his recipe for the ManSquirt. Katie MoultonSean Brennan of the 34 Club: service with a (wry) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Hurricane Recipes? Try a Gulf Spill! Top 10 Natural Disaster Cocktails

    Given that Saturday's Mardi Gras celebration is the proverbial bad-taste storm before the calm, it's only fitting that the big party's signature drink is sweet, lethal and named after an actual storm. That's right: the Hurricane. If you're in the mood for something different this weekend, Gut Check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Busch Family Mishaps: The Cocktail Pairings

    ​When we tumbled off the ol' king-size Posturpedic after yet another post-holiday bender and scanned the local headlines yesterday morn, our peepers opened wide at the sight of Deb Peterson's EXCLUSIVE interview with bad-boy beer baron August A. Busch IV. Having read said EXCLUSIVE -- and its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Sanctuaria's Matt Seiter: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Sanctuaria bartender Matt Seiter. Below is a Q&A with Seiter, followed by a video of him mixing a Rum Fire cocktail. Alissa Nelson​Bottles cover this corner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Silver Ballroom Bartender Justin Deming Mixes...A Slutbucket!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Silver Ballroom bartender Justin Deming. Part two, a Q&A with Deming, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa NelsonBehold the Slutbucket!​Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Ted Kilgore Claims Heirloom-Tomato Cocktail Throne

    Alissa NelsonEvan Benn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch evaluates cocktails from (left to right) Nate Selsor, Matt Seiter and Kilgore.​On Saturday, a robust crowd descended upon the event space at Orlando's Catering to watch three of our region's preeminent mixologists -- Ted Kilgore, Nate Selsor&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Backstreet Jazz & Blues' Nikki Llewellyn: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Backstreet Jazz & Blues bartender Nikki Llewellyn. Alissa Nelson​Every drink Nikki Llewellyn makes is a unique, boozy snowflake. "Girls come in and they wan ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 19, 2010
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    May 19, 2010

    The Dive Bomber's Worlds Collide at Stan's Bar

    "When are you going to Keith's? Keith's is perfect for 'Dive Bomber!'" Except it's no longer Keith's. Now it's Stan's Bar, as of January 1, anyhow, when bartender Stan took over ownership. Such is the nature of neighborhood bars, being bought by patrons or employees to continue the lineage when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    A Stiff Drink (or Ten) for Bush's Last Day

    I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach. Particularly since I quit drinking.- President George W. Bush at his final press conference, 1.12.09This is the most self-aware statement our soon-to-be former president has ever uttered. Not only b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    The Wedge Grand Opening: Saturday, November 29, featuring LoFreq, Holy Python's Last Show

    Though it's been open for business for about a month now, the Wedge is celebrating its official grand opening this Saturday, November 29. Besides drink specials (Jagermeister, Absolut Vodka and Jameson's Whiskey are sponsors, so you know they'll be potent) and free food samples, the venue ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008
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    June 26, 2008
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    May 21, 2008
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    April 16, 2008
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    February 13, 2008

    Chocolate Raspberry Martini

    Tumo's Ristorante
    6419 Hampton Avenue

  • Dining

    November 21, 2007


    Del Pietro's Ristorante, 5625 Hampton Avenue; 314-351-1700.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Keegan Hamilton takes an up-close look at Saint Louis University's new basketball coach. How did a skirmish with river rogues land a 43-year-old grandmother in court? Kristen Hinman investigates. Paul Friswold gets sucked in to the Rep's production of Dracula. Ween easily won over Jordan Har ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 17, 2007

    Absolut Stress

    The Red Bar, 70 Hotz Avenue, Grayton Beach, Florida

  • Dining

    December 20, 2006

    Rock Startini and a glass of Benton-Lane 2004 pinot noir

    Roxane, 12 North Meramec, Clayton; 314-721-7700.

  • Dining

    December 13, 2006

    Café DiSaronno

    Brio Tuscan Grille, 1601 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-432-4410.

  • Dining

    August 16, 2006

    Peach cosmopolitan

    Busch's Grove, 9160 Clayton Road, Ladue;

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    February 15, 2006

    Purple Rain

    Urban, 3216 South Grand Boulevard, 314-772-3308

  • Music

    February 1, 2006

    Critical Fatwa

    Week of February 2, 2006

  • Dining

    October 19, 2005

    Arnold Palmer Sr.

    Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue, 314-775-0775.

  • Dining

    September 21, 2005

    Red Lantern

    Mélange, 512 North Euclid Avenue, 314-361-8883

  • Dining

    April 27, 2005

    Singapore Sling

    Savor, 4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-531-0220

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    January 26, 2005

    What Dreams May Come Martini

    Moolah Theatre and Lounge, 3821 Lindell Boulevard, 314-446-6868

  • Dining

    January 19, 2005

    Romana Black Sambuca

    Trattoria Strada Nova, 21 North Ninth Street, Columbia, 573-442-8992

  • Dining

    July 21, 2004

    Black Martini

    Moxy, 4584 Laclede Avenue, 314-361-4848

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2004

    Up From the Gutter

    The Pin-Up Bowl brings new meaning to drinkin' in the alley

  • Dining

    December 3, 2003

    How Green Was My Refrigerator

    If the food at Felix's was anywhere near as intriguing as the decor, it'd be worth a return visit

  • News

    April 30, 2003

    Ragged Blade Cuts Back

    Week of April 30, 2003

  • Dining

    April 23, 2003

    Oasis Martini

    Café Eau, Chase Park Plaza, 212 North Kingshighway, 314-454-9000

  • Dining

    October 9, 2002

    Piece of Cake

    Atomic Cowboy, 7336 Manchester, 314-645-0608

  • Dining

    November 28, 2001

    Hall of Flame

    Football Cardinal great Jackie Smith promises diners a hot time at his new West County restaurant

  • Dining

    October 25, 2000

    Side Dish

    How to make an apple martini that's fit for dessert

  • Culture

    October 18, 2000

    Window Dressing

    Linda Edwards discusses her 200 windows at Blueberry Hill

  • News

    March 31, 1999
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