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Cocktails

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    The 10 Best Brunches in St. Louis

    It can be tough on a lazy (and possibly hungover) Sunday morning to decide where to head to brunch. Not to worry, Gut Check has winnowed down the bevy of local options to our absolute top ten favorite spots. Whether you're looking for a pile of stuffed French toast or just tagging along for the bott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Kentucky Derby

    Yes, the race only lasts for two minutes, but it is the most exciting two minutes in sports. Plus, we kind of love everything that goes with the Kentucky Derby -- the hats, the clothes and especially the mint juleps. We may not be at Churchill Downs, but we can still party. Here's where to do it. S ... More >>

  • 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

    March 27, 2014

    Critic's Notebook: Planter's House Owner Ted Kilgore on His Days as a Perfumer

    There was a time when Ted Kilgore nearly ruined his sense of smell. "I used to work for an industrial perfume company," Kilgore says. "It was a small company, and I worked my way up to research and development. By the time I left, I had a heightened sense of smell -- a hyper-sensitivity. I could sme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    The Perfect Cocktails to Drink on Thanksgiving

    Last week, with the help of Schlafly, we gave you some advice on how to pair beer with Thanksgiving dinner. Not everyone goes for beer though -- perhaps you'd like something a little stronger. We asked Taste's (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200) bar manager Kyle Mathis for some advice. See also: Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Drinks at the Libertine: The Mixologists Who Stare at Goats

    It's a funny thing how you can go into a bar prepared to talk about cocktails and end up on an organic-goat tangent. Then again, it's a funny thing how you can be on the bustling streets of Chicago one day and a goat farm in Willamette, Oregon, the next. Such is the story of Victoria Mitchell and Na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Happy Hour at Mango Peruvian Cuisine: Imbibing, Incan Style

    Mango Peruvian Cuisine (1101 Lucas Avenue, 314-621-9993) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and late-night happy hour Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Deal: $5 margaritas, martinis and wines, $3 premium drafts, $16 pitchers of sangria and $5 select small-plate d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Hendricks BBQ's Keyan Still: 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, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Keyan Still of Hendricks BBQ. Below is a Q&A with Still, followed by his recipe for a "Hendricks' House Bloody Mary." Keyan Still is intent upon talking to ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Brio Tuscan Grille's Dirty Martini (With Cougar): Gut Check's Humpday Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Three Kings' Pink Gin Julep: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Happy Hour at Canyon Café: Enter the Drinking Oasis

    Canyon Café (1707 South Lindbergh, Frontenac; 314-872-3443) The Hours: Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The Deal: $3 draft beers, $3 wells, $4 wines, $4 "Coyote margaritas" and select discounted dishes.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Farmhaus' All I See Is Gold: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Baileys' Chocolate Bar's Laura Therina: 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, Jaime Lees profiles Laura Therina of Baileys' Chocolate Bar. Below is a Q&A with Therina, followed by the recipe for the Mexican Chocolate Martini.With the most romantic day of the year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    America the Jell-O Shot: A Boozy Dessert Experiment Involving the Lower 48

    Earlier this week Gut Check talked to Salute American Vodka founder Pete Kelly about the product's launch in Missouri. Eager to concoct ways to taste test Salute American Vodka, we threw around a few ideas, until one stuck: red, white and blue Jell-O shots! For awhile, Jell-O o'clock was our favorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Sassy Jac's Laura O'Connell: 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, Alice Telios profiles Sassy Jac's Laura O'Connell. Below is a Q&A with O'Connell, followed by the recipe for the Capri Sun.In early May, a Soulard dining and drinking sanctuary rose fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Sanctuaria's Matt Seiter Brings Cocktails on Tap to New Orleans Cocktail Conference

    It was a dangerous game for Gut Check to discover cocktails on tap. That's right, cocktails flowing freely right next to the beer taps. You can now get such no-hassle hooch at Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Ave; 314-535-9700) and Diablitos Cantina (3761 Laclede Avenue; 314-644-4430). Gut Check spoke to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Anheuser-Busch Test Markets Margarita-Flavored Beer

    ​You'd think that the brain trust at Anheuser-Busch InBev would have considered the margarita earlier. After all, the blend of tequila, lime juice and orange-flavored liqueur is one of the most popular mixed drinks in America. But, no. When the brewery first looked south of the border for inspirat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #14: Blood & Sand's Blitzentrapper

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Interview: Joy Christensen Talks About The Fountain On Locust's New Menu

    Mabel SuenJoy Christensen, owner of The Fountain On Locust​July is National Ice Cream Month, and the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street, Midtown; 314-535-7800) delivers just in time to celebrate with an updated menu featuring plenty more drinks and frozen treats, plus a couple of brand new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Salt Smash, Salt

    Chrissy WilmesThe recently opened Salt ​We had the much-buzzed-about Salt (4356 Lindell Blvd., 314-932-5787) in mind for this week's column. Its website, which emphasized the farm-to-table, ingredient-driven focus, made no mention of drinks. It seemed certain that a place as on-trend as this o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Molecular Boozestronomy with Oceano's Mary Stowell: 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 Oceano's Mary Stowell. Below is a Q&A with Stowell, followed by the recipe for her Deconstructed Espresso Martini. Katie Moulton​Mary Stowell has worked at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Happy Hour at Mazara Has Its Ups and Downs

    Kristen Klempert​The Joint: Mazara 7923 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-3434 The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. The Deal: $5 Pineapple martinis, $4 well cocktails, $3 draft beers, $2 domestic bottles, discounts on select pizzas and appetizers. What's a pineapple martini?

  • Dining

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    You Want Ice Cream with That? Boozing It Up at Fountain on Locust

    Kristen KlempertHome of the ice cream martini? Gut Check'll try anything once!​The Joint: The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust Street; 314-535-7800 The Hours: Tue.-Sun. 4-6 p.m. The Deal: $2 domestic bottles, $6 ice cream martinis Drinking your dessert? Gut Check has a word for that. We call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Eclipse's Lucas Ramsey Takes the Mystery Out of Cocktails

    Stew SmithEclipse bar manager Lucas Ramsey plies his trade at a 2009 cocktailin' event.​Lucas Ramsey, bar manager at Eclipse Restaurant in the Delmar Loop's Moonrise Hotel, not only works magic with elixirs, but on the drinker's psyche as well. One Saturday night, when faced with a gin-phobic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Mojitos on Tap? Maybe If All the Mixologists Are Hurt

    Image viaMojitos: Coming soon to a bar tap near you?​Two stories from opposite ends of the booze spectrum caught my eye:First, on the high end, we have a New York Times article on the injury risk confronting the new generation of bartenders or, if you like (they do!), mixologists:Bartending has ne ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    McGurk's Public House's Charlie Myers: 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 Charlie Myers of McGurk's Public House in O'Fallon. Below is a Q&A with Walters, followed by a video of him and special guest Ronnie Walters of McGurk's Soulard mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Mango Peruvian Cuisine: Good as (Incan) Gold

    Kristen Klempert​The Joint: Mango Peruvian Cuisine 1101 Lucas Avenue 314-621-9993 The Hours: Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. (Late-night Mon.-Thu. 9-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Deal: $5 martinis, margaritas, select wines; $3 draft beer; $2 bottled beer; $16 pitchers of sangría. Select appetize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Primatey Colors: Three Monkeys

    Kristen Klempert​The Joint: Three Monkeys 3153 Morganford Road; 314-772-9800 The Hours: Monday-Friday 4-7p.m. Graveyard Shift happy hour Saturday 7-9 a.m. The Deal: $1.95 Domestic Bottles, $2 wells, $3 wines and $1off all drafts. Half off most appetizers. Graveyard Shift happy hour includes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Sunday is N.I.C.E. - That's "National Ice Cream Day"!

    ​We have the Gipper to thank for this one. Sweets-loving president Ronald Reagan issued an official proclamation marking the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. Despite the cone's reputed creation at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, our town's not making a big deal of the holiday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Nightclubbing: Lola Spruces Up the Washington Avenue Neighborhood with Live Music, Cocktails and Food

    Diana BenantiLola's got it all: music, impressive cocktails and ambience. It's not your typical downtown establishment, and that's a good thing. ​ Lola fills a niche that's been missing in the Washington Avenue scene: an upscale neighborhood joint where downtown denizens can sip, nosh and enj ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2007
  • Dining

    May 23, 2007

    Hendrick's Martini

    Lester's Sports Bar & Grill, 9906 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-994-0055.

  • Dining

    December 27, 2006

    Drinks Of The Year

    Monarch,
    7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-7175.

    Al Smith's Feasting Fox,
    4200 South Grand Avenue; 314-352-3500.

    Mango,
    7307 Watson Road, Shrewsbury; 314-752-8300.

  • Calendar

    April 26, 2006
  • Dining

    August 10, 2005

    The Subcontinental

    The Royale, 3132 South Kingshighway, 314-772-3600

  • Dining

    May 25, 2005

    Hendrick's Gin and Tonic

    Harvest, 1059 South Big Bend Boulevard; 314-645-3522.

  • Calendar

    March 30, 2005

    Hotel Bars

    Drink of the Week: A downtown highlight reel

  • Dining

    November 24, 2004

    Hot Chocolate

    Bailey's Chocolate Bar is naughty -- in a nice way

  • Music

    September 29, 2004
  • Dining

    September 8, 2004

    Always on Sunday

    Brunch to your heart's content at Nadoz, 609 and La Dolce Via

  • Dining

    July 7, 2004

    Raspberry Margarita

    Tejas, 44 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton, 314-862-1414

  • News

    March 10, 2004

    Raising the Bar

    A week of the drink

  • Dining

    December 24, 2003

    Anytime Martini

    SqWires, 1415 South 18th Street, 314-865-3522

  • Music

    September 24, 2003

    Best Margarita

    Maya Café

  • Dining

    August 13, 2003

    Wild Apple Martini

    12 North, 12 North Meramec, 314-721-7801

  • Dining

    July 2, 2003

    The Green Meanie

    Hammerstone's, 2028 South Ninth, 314-773-5565

  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Margaritas

    Hacienda

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001

    Martinis

    Ritz-Carlton Hotel

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