There's a certain kind of understated pleasure that can come from cracking open a twelve-pack in your own back yard as the Cardinals game buzzes in the background. But as we dive headlong into summer, lots of local restaurants and bars are celebrating the warmer temps with carefully curated cocktail ... More >>
Whether you observe Drinko de Mayo, or its less quippy counterpart Cinco de Drinko, we all unite this Sunday, May 5, to drink fishbowl margaritas in the streets of St. Louis. It might not be a real national holiday in Mexico or America, but that doesn't halt our revelry, and in the spirit of al past ... More >>
The following comes from Nate Jackson, of the RFT's sister paper, the OC Weekly.In full grips of the dry desert heat, the fine art of day drinking at Coachella becomes a game of survival of the fittest. Sweltering temperatures in the high 90s aren't necessarily ideal conditions to bombard your liver ... More >>
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. Maplewood crams a lot of life into a ... More >>
It was never so much a victory party as it was a wake. A good wake, mind you. The kind with lots of drinks and a few hearty laughs. Still, the hint of death permeated the hotel ballroom at Dave Spence's watch party last night.
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, is Cinco de Drinko Mayo. Though at best a regional holiday in Mexico, we here in the U.S. of A. can't get enough reveling on Sabado 5 de Mayo. Don't get us wrong, we at Gut Check also enjoy indulging in margaritas on the rocks and Mexican food, and thus have compiled a lis ... More >>
Kaylen WissengerThe "Cucuy's Coffee" at Diablito's"I HATE tequila," says Ami Grimes, co-owner of the brand-new Diablito's Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430). "But when Angie [Cornish, head bartender] started creating the infused tequilas, I was all for it." Which is a good thing, as ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Sarah Baraba profiles Café Ventana's Lucas Prize. Below is a Q&A with Prize, followed by the recipe for a Spanish Coffee. Sarah BarabaOK, so we cheated a smidge. Lucas Prize is ... More >>
Alicia Lohmar On our way out the door the other afternoon, we spied a squirrel taking a nap, sprawled on a low, fat tree branch in the backyard. Arms and legs hanging, belly stuffed with black walnuts, he was suspended directly above a woefully underused hammock. We felt a sharp pang of jealo ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles Helen Fitzgerald's bar manager Steve Buncher. Below is a Q&A with Buncher, followed by the recipe for his "Triple S" shot. Katie Moulton When Girl Walks In ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles Helen Fitzgerald's bar manager Steve Buncher. Below is a Q&A with Buncher, followed by the recipe for his "Triple S" shot. Katie MoultonWhen Girl Walks int ... More >>
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 >>
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 NelsonBottles cover this corner ... More >>
Been on the City Museum website lately? Seen the rotating ad for the new robot thingie? www.citymuseum.orgSuch a tease!Now here's a timely question: Having been rolled out roughly two weeks ago, right about the moment that City Museum and its founder Bob Cassilly were settling a lawsuit in which ... More >>
Around 1:10 a.m. or so, MSTRKRFT dropped bits of Daft Punk's "Da Funk" into its DJ set. The crowd - or what was left of it - at the Pageant naturally went apeshit, fueled as much by free Bacardi drinks as it was by the French techno-funk. And sure, at that hour, nothing is better than hearing an awe ... More >>
Turns out MSNBC's Rachel Maddow knows a thing or two about classic cocktails. Here's an extended clip, via Gawker, from her radio show in which she offers recipes for some of the all-time greats. And, yes, she's right: Bacardi white rum is foul.
This week's issue is now available online.If you still haven't checked out my Top Ten Dishes of 2008 -- what's wrong with you? -- now you can read 'em in one place. The list takes the place of my usual review.Also in this week's issue: Kristie laces up her skates and takes Drink of the Week to the ... More >>
The Sky Music Lounge
930 Kehrs Mill Road, Ballwin
Week of December 28, 2006
Week of December 21, 2006
Brio Tuscan Grille, 1601 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-432-4410.
Week of October 26, 2006
They get off on vampires and horror movies and brutal deaths. It's all part of the hell-hop scene.
Gonna miss Rossinos when it closes up shop? Failonis will get you through.
This St. Louis rapper thinks he's got a winning hand to play
Boogaloo is so sexy and fun, it practically leaves lipstick on your collar
Provisions Market, 11615 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur; 314-989-0020
A paean to the big bad bottle
Chill out at these St. Louis watering holes
Trattoria Strada Nova, 21 North Ninth Street, Columbia, 573-442-8992
Mirasol, 6144 Delmar Boulevard, 314-721-6909; Arthur Clay's, 7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314-645-0300; Meshuggah, 6269 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-726-5662
A local bottler supplies the free booze, we supply the lushes -- er, tasting panel
Mirasol, 6144 Delmar Boulevard, 314-721-6909
Romano's Macaroni Grill, 8590 Eager Road, Brentwood, 314-918-8264.
Mirasol makes its unforgettable debut
The Drinks We Have Known and Loved in 2003
Venice Café, 1901 Pestalozzi Street, 314-772-5994
Zoë's Pan-Asian Café, 4753 McPherson, 314-361-0013
Week of October 10, 2001