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Best Bartender 

Tony Saputo, Layla

Tony Saputo concocting something special.

Micah Usher

Tony Saputo concocting something special.

With an intuitive ability to know what you want to drink before you do, Tony Saputo is part bartender, part psychic palate reader. You may not understand exactly what's in your drink, how it is made, or even what that garnish on the rim is, but that mystery is all part of the fun of exploring new worlds through alcohol. After stints as a Stag slinger at humble venues, Saputo began to hone his craft by studying cocktails and technique alongside his friend Seth Wahlman. Eventually the pair took the reins of the bar program at Eclipse Restaurant. After seven years with Wahlman, Saputo went on to create a drink menu all his own at Layla in the Grove. Saputo guides patrons toward a deeper appreciation for cocktails as art, and advises people to "stop passively consuming and start actually tasting." Come for one of Saputo's signature drinks; stay for one of his signature bear hugs. 4317 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, 63110. 314-553-9252, www.laylastl.com.

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