Move over, Maplewood and the Central West End -- there's another whiskey bar in town. After a weekend of soft openings, The Whiskey Ring opens Tuesday afternoon, December 17, at 2651 Cherokee Street. Former Off Broadway bartenders Jason Matthews and John Joem found the space a few months ago through ... More >>
Gut Check's liver went pitter-pat late last week when we got wind that Luxco, our favoritest local liquor distiller, had added another half-bazillion booze brands to its bulging portfolio of alcoholic beverages we've either: 1) never heard of, or 2) consumed to excess at some point in your twenti ... More >>
Friday (Feb. 17): Third Friday Open House @ Third Degree Glass Factory New Orleans motifs await at this month's open house event, featuring live entertainment, a free s'mores bar, pomegranate martinis and a small tapas menu featuring items like mixed salad with cajun shrimp, crawfish bisque and ho ... More >>
One of these people might have moved past the first round. Maybe. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.Ed: The American Idol Season 11 auditions attracted more than 10,000 hopefuls to the Scottrade Center yesterday. Recent Mizzou grad Mallory Gnaegy was one them, and she has agreed to let us publish her ac ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles Oceano's Mary Stowell. Below is a Q&A with Stowell, followed by the recipe for her Deconstructed Espresso Martini. Katie MoultonMary Stowell has worked at ... 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 >>
image viaThe taste of dark rum brings to mind sailors and pirates, swarthy, profane men and exotic island ports, ship decks and ocean as far as the eye can see. Rum was birthed on the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean, allegedly on the island of Barbados, in the 17nth century. To this da ... More >>
Kristen KlempertThe Joint: Bar Louie 14 Maryland Plaza; 314-678-3385 www.barlouieamerica.com The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 4-7pm The Deal: $5 signature martinis, $4 house wine, $3 all drafts -- includes twenty choices from various macro-breweries. Half off select appetizers. "But," you protest, "it ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: Drinks at the Flatiron Lounge, Flatiron District, New York, NY.Food: One deliciously greasy and huge slice of New York pizza.Difficulty: Medium. Pizza is a messy food with a limited temperature range within which it is fully delicious. Thus, it requires ex ... More >>
Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: Oscar-Nominated Shorts, AnimatedFood: Delightfully cheap sparkling wine, originally purchased for making mimosas.Here's a tip: t ... More >>
It's too early to provide specifics, but yesterday I got wind of an effort to launch a new Mardi Gras festival in St. Louis. The group behind the proposal says they're tired of the commercialization of the Mardi Gras held each year in Soulard. As reported in a 2006 RFT cover story "Party Nazis," d ... More >>
Week of February 15, 2007
Week of February 8, 2007
The state scolds Mardi Gras Inc. for goose-stepping over the line.
Has Mardi Gras become a tool of mega-buck sponsors? That's what state and federal authorities are asking.
The Cabin Inn at the City Museum, 701 North 15th Street, 314-276-3702.
Lotus, 501 North 15th Street, 314-588-1565.
Duff's, 392 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-361-0522
Week of August 31, 2005
Week of December 29, 2004
Can David Sherman's knockoffs match the originals? We're ready to find out!
A local bottler supplies the free booze, we supply the lushes -- er, tasting panel
Week of November 3, 2004
Gateway Lounge, 4201 Prairie, 314-371-8855