Matt McMullin of Lola in Downtown St. Louis Mixes...a "Printer's Loft" Cocktail!

This, friends, is a highball - Alissa Nelson
Alissa Nelson
This, friends, is a highball

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 Lola bartender Matt McMullin. Part two, a Q&A with McMullin, will be posted tomorrow.

Matt McMullin moved here in 1995, drawn by what he calls St. Louis' "healthy inferiority complex," and landed a job at Dierdorf & Hart's. There he encountered his first muddler, the old-school bartenders' tool used to mash up mint for juleps and mojitos. With the muddler came an infatuation with the wide and captivating world of classic cocktails -- and a mixologist's curriculum vitae that put McMullin behind bars all over St. Louis.

Earlier this year he found a new home in Lola, where he continues to explore the world of cocktail culture with a historian's eye.

Click through to see a video of McMullin mixing a Printer's Loft cocktail, a.k.a. a classic highball...

Lola 500 North 14th Street 314-621-7277

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