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Staff Pick

Best Mocktails 

Planter's House

St. Louis is a drinker's city, which makes it damn hard to be a teetotaler here. If you're pregnant, making your way along the twelve steps at Alcoholics Anonymous or just giving your liver a break, your choices are basically to watch other people have fun drinking — or to stay home. Neither is ideal. Which is why we were so thrilled to learn about a third option: Entrust yourself to the city's best bartenders, and let them whip up a mocktail so delicious, you'll practically be drunk with excitement. And that's exactly what non-drinkers can do at Planter's House, the Ted Kilgore-owned bar in Lafayette Square. Tell the bartenders what you like, what you don't like, and perhaps even what you'd be drinking if you were still into that sort of thing, and they'll mix up something so delicious and subtly interesting, you'd swear it had booze in it. No sticky-sweet Shirley Temples here; these are drinks for adults, even if they'd also be legal in the hands of a pre-teen. Trust yourself to the barkeeps' brilliance, and prepare to enjoy a sober night out on the town. Really. 1000 Mississippi Avenue, St. Louis, 63104. 314-696-2603, www.plantershousestl.com.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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