The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other. Jeffrey Moll Jr., head barman at th ... More >>
As we've previously noted, Gringo is the perfect place for daytime drinking and they make a killer margarita -- the perfect way to pretend that it's a balmy 60 degrees outside. Barkeep Brandon Monterusso makes us a "Classica with a Twist," adding his own favorite tequila and a splash of something sp ... More >>
It's a tough job, but, somehow, we managed to try enough cocktails to pick out three of our favorite for 2013. It's been a banner year for fancy drinks in St. Louis -- just about every week a new whiskey or cocktail bar opened up. Mixologists are now veritable artists, crafting custom drinks and inv ... More >>
Happy Hump Day! Here's the cocktail that will get you through to Friday. When first walking into Tripel Brasserie (1801 Park Avenue; 314-678-7787), you most likely will first be drawn to the bar and the long stretch of impressive Belgian beer taps, which is understandable. But your next move shou ... More >>
With cold temperatures descending upon us, the only way to truly warm the soul is a sip of fine, fine whiskey, and this year's Whiskey in the Winter event is rapidly approaching. Attendees can expect to find a massive and diverse selection of more than 250 whiskies, including single malt and blended ... More >>
Happy Hump Day! Here's the cocktail that will get you through to Friday. On the corner of Manchester and Southwest avenuea in Maplewood sits the quiet, remarkably humble Water Street Café and Cocktail Bar, a true representation of the proverbial "hidden gem." The exterior and front patio are ver ... More >>
Click here for past Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestions For our first libation adventure east of the Mississippi, Gut Check clocked in at Edwardsville hotspot Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsville, 618-307-4830). Bartender Samantha McCulloch guided us through the cocktail list and eventual ... More >>
In April Gut Check talked to Emily Gifford, representative for Salute American Vodka's parent company, Better Brands BevCo., about the company's first big contest in St. Louis. Dubbed "Battle of the Bartenders," the competition kicked off its first round on Monday, April 22. Tonight the competition ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Tim Rabior of Salt. Below is a Q&A with Rabior, followed by the recipe for a "Green Goddess." Tim Rabior has blond highlights and sunglasses that never lea ... More >>
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 >>
Do you need a reminder? You do not need a reminder. Gut Check, however, needs a lede. So: St. Patrick's Day is Sunday. To get you in the mood, Randall's Wines and Spirits (14201 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-527-1002) is holding a "meeting" of its Whisk(e)y Club on this evening at 7 p.m. This month ... More >>
"Sustainable" and "moonshine" aren't often heard in the same sentence, but Mad Buffalo Brewing Company is hoping to make its sustainably produced Thunderbeast Storm Moonshine a household name. Chris Burnette and his family founded Mad Buffalo in November 2011 on ShawneeBend Farm in Union, Missouri ... More >>
Into Gut Check's e-mailbox popped an announcement from Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-1200), inviting us to a spur-of-the-moment happy hour guest-bartended by visiting mixologists Phoebe Esmon and Christian R. Gaal. Truth be told, it doesn't take a carpetbagging cocktail shaker to lure Gut Che ... More >>
Lucas Prize is an uber-conscientious individual. While waiting to interview the bartender of Plush (3224 Locust Street; 314-535-2048) we watched as Prize filled drink orders for his servers during dinner service, doing little things like using a cocktail napkin to pick up straws for iced coffees and ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Stacy Anderson profiles Cleveland-Heath's Elijah Barnes. Below is a Q&A with Barnes, followed by his recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail. Cleveland-Heath (106 North Main Street, Edwardsvil ... More >>
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 >>
Deborah HylandVom Fass' absintheLong before Willard Scott was terrifying small children as the first Ronald McDonald or Tony the Tiger and Spuds MacKenzie, the Green Fairy was luring consumers to indulge in her wares: absinthe. And just like with Happy Meals and Joe Camel, the fuddy duddies f ... 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 viaWhile many people are making resolutions and thinking about how to improve their lives (or simply have more fun), there are those among us who would simply like to forget the whole damn year. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe your relationship ended. Maybe you're still trying to figure ... More >>
image viaWhat do you think it's like to stand at death's door? This is how we picture it: Drink of the Week is a frail old lady with crepe-y skin and wispy white hair, lying in a hospital bed at the ripe old age of 112. With our last raggedy breath, we see once more the people who loved us be ... More >>
Our water glass is perspiring so furiously, it's making a puddle on the bar. Diners are fanning themselves with menus. We are waiting for a table at the newly renovated Stellina Pasta Café. It's Friday night, the place is packed and the a/c is on the fritz. An employee opens a few windows, and the ... More >>
For your drinking pleasure this week, we lift up two whisky flights from the Scottish Arms (8 South Sarah Street; 314-535-0551), which took "Best Whiskey Selection in a Restaurant" honors in last year's RFT's "Best of St. Louis" edition. From that comprehensive list, general manager Michael Cline cr ... More >>
I love this time of year. Time to put another holiday season back in the box and toss it in the basement. Time to start talking about spring training. Time for beers that taste better when there's a wind chill. Beers like malty, peaty, boozy Scotch ale.Christian Bickel, Wikimedia CommonsEdinburgh C ... More >>
The bartender at the new Central West End Pi looks like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and a young Paul Newman. He is smiling at us. We are having trouble remembering why we are standing there. Oh, yes, whiskey. Pi's whiskey selection is not only broad; it is also given a place of prominence. ... More >>
Hayford Peirce, Wikimedia CommonsLet's get this out of the way right off the bat: The Manhattan is a Classic Cocktail. If you are a lady wearing a stole and delicate little gloves or a gentleman in a skinny tie and a fedora, fine, but this homage is not for you. It's for my grandpa -- and probab ... More >>
This week I visit Côco Louco Brasil, the new Brazilian restaurant in the Central West End. If you dine at Côco Louco Brasil, beware the teapot. Your server may bring this to your table at the end of your meal, along with dainty white demitasses and a knowing smirk.The arrangement looks exactly lik ... More >>
Annie sent me this link: Rapper and producer Dr. Dre is releasing a line of liquors, including a premium cognac and...sparkling vodka. I didn't know such a thing existed. Turns out there at least a few sparkling vodkas out there: Vodka O2 and Nuvo. The question being, Why bother? -Ian Froeb
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Franco, 1535 South Eighth Street, 314-436-2500.
Maryland House at Brennan's, 4659-A Maryland Avenue, 314-361-9444.
Cyrano's, 603 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-963-3232.
Monarch, 7401 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-7175.
Terrene, 34 North Sarah Street, 314-535-5100.
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Riley's Pub, 3458 Arsenal Street, 314-664-7474.
Iron Barley, 5510 Virginia Avenue, 314-351-4500
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Erato, 3117 South Grand Boulevard, 314-664-6400
Luciano's Trattoria, 172 Carondolet Plaza, Clayton, 314-863-9969
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A local bottler supplies the free booze, we supply the lushes -- er, tasting panel
Sub Zero Vodka Bar, 308 N. Euclid Avenue, 314-367-1200
Eleven Eleven Mississippi, 1111 Mississippi Avenue, 314-241-9999
Brown Derby Wine Cellar
Pop's Blue Moon, 5249 Pattison Avenue, 314-776-4200
Remy's Kitchen & Wine Bar, 222 S. Bemiston, 314-726-5757
Maya Café, 2726 Sutton Avenue, 314-781-4774