With St. Patrick's Day nigh upon us, many of us will take to the streets of Dogtown to celebrate our Irish heritage (real or make-believe). Inevitably, this will involve many pints of brews such as Smithwick's, Guinness and Harp. While those are certainly good beers, there are some amazing local b ... More >>
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>
Last week's poll was our biggest ever. St. Louis has more than enough craft beer to go around, but we know some breweries get more love than others -- hence our question. One of the freshmen won the title of STL's most underrated craft beer, despite the fact that they've only been open for a few mon ... More >>
Chef Ivy Magruder wasn't always a whiskey aficionado. "My dad was a Jack [Daniels] guy, and I was more of the shot of Jameson on St. Patrick's Day kind," he says. A lot has changed, then, as Magruder solidifies his whiskey street cred as the culinary force behind Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Eu ... 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 Sugges ... More >>
Dogtown fully embraces its Irish identity as evidenced by the Ancient Order of Hibernians' St. Patrick's Day Parade where attendees hold nothing back, imbibing from sunup to sundown in celebration of St. Patrick and shamrocks. During the rest of the year, though, Dogtown is home to a solid core of n ... More >>
We here at RFT Music can barely breathe this is so awesome. St. Louis's own Spelling Bee has apparently outed an undercover police operation in Boston. The cops' goal: Breaking up DIY punk shows by posing as fans. "Basically I think the cops should have something better to do," says drummer and vo ... 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 >>
Gut Check tells you what's new and tasty at our favorite restaurants. Listen up, dudes. This weekend Pint Size Bakery & Coffee (3825 Watson Road; 314-645-7142) has a dessert for you. "We have our 'Man-tastic Dessert,'" says owner and "punk-rock grandma" baker (as her husband has dubbed her) Christ ... More >>
Looking for a good place to see flashy and exciting music played at high volume, have your mind blown by dark and powerful sounds, or just stomp around like a drunken goon with your shirt off? Then a heavy metal concert might be just the place for you. Each month I'll be offering my top picks of the ... More >>
Now that St. Patrick's Day has passed and we're still a couple of weeks away from the half-year binge known as baseball season, St. Louis' recreational drinkers are left looking for an excuse to put on our wobbly boots. Thank goodness, then, that our local NPR affiliate, 90.7 FM (KWMU), has its bian ... More >>
Nike decided to get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit -- and make some more money -- by releasing two pair of Irish-themed shoes for the holiday. One has been dubbed the "Guinness," the other the "Black and Tan," named for the popular American drink which combines Guinness and a pale ale in th ... More >>
After watching this I don't want to attend this parade at all. I do, however, want to drink until I forget the last three days of my life. So that makes this commercial about 50 percent successful in hyping up St. Patrick's Day.
Between Lenten fish fries and preparing for St. Patrick's Day by eating Irish fare, Gut Check has recently indulged in many a deep-fried dish. So when we ventured to O'Leary's Restaurant & Bar (3828 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills; 314-842-7678) and ordered the Irish whiskey salmon, we were ... More >>
Gut Check was enjoying a day dozing in front of the ol' Samsung when a Klondike commercial came on and jolted us out of our daydreaming. Was it the mere mention of this wholesome family treat that caused us to bolt upright in our Barcalounger? Sadly, no. The ice cream bar maker and its pare ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Jeff NationsNorman, the airport shuttle turned Science Hill Tour Bus, is for sale. If you are a band looking for a mode of transport, head on over to Craigslist, where you will find the particulars. Science Hill's Jeff Nations explains that the band has moved on: He's focusi ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef explains how to use your favorite coffee beans for baking. Family Style Food: Karen shared her recipe for Burnt-Sugar Mango Chutney & Goat Cheese Naanwich.
Last night, Mike Gordon and Galactic capped off St. Patrick's Day with a co-headlining bill at the Pageant. Jon Gitchoff was there and snapped some photos; an entire slideshow is coming, but here's a taste now!Jon GitchoffMike Gordon View an entire slideshow of Mike Gordon and Galactic at th ... More >>
retroist.comNot Irish. We hate to ruin your day - okay, not really - but while you're reveling in the St. Pat's festivities with your green beer and Car Bombs and corned beef, we're here to tell you that it's all fake. That's right. Your favorite St. Patrick's Day eats? They're not really I ... More >>
Father Blackie Ryan, the priest/gumshoe hero of a series of mystery novels by Andrew Greeley once claimed, "The Jews and the Irish do not share a heritage, but they do share a psychosis." The Jews call it guilt. The Irish call it shame. It pretty much amounts to the same thing and can be bla ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Iron Stef: Skank Ham, Stef's alter-ego, guest-blogged about some of her favorite silly food-related blogs and web comics. Rhubarb and Honey:: Kimberly celebrated her love of St. Louis craft beers. Off the Menu: Joe asked St. Louisans ... More >>
Todd OwyoungFlogging Molly at the Pageant in 2010When the world ends, I'd like to be dancing, stomping and singing in the pit at a Flogging Molly concert. One could do worse. Last night at the sold-out Pageant, the Irish-punk band rallied the masses with a versatility that glimmered through ... More >>
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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 >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Taste by Niche bartender Ted Kilgore. Below is a Q&A with Kilgore, followed by a video of him mixing an El Maestro No. 1 cocktail. Alissa NelsonThe "10,000 ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Brasserie by Niche bartender Michele Bildner. Below is a Q&A with Bildner, followed by a video of her mixing a Perfect Pimm's cocktail. Alissa NelsonMichel ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Harvest restaurant bartender Veronica Schuster. Alissa NelsonVeronica Schuster might just possess the most positive mental attitude of any bartender in the ... More >>
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 Bleeding Deacon bartender Ryan Wilmsmeier. Part one is accessible here. Alissa NelsonEasy on the sweet vermouth: A classic Manhattan cockta ... More >>
Farewell to Dooley's — and Hi, Pi!
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