A Look Inside Bar Paradigm in CWE's Central Table
The drinking scene in St. Louis continues to stand out and make a name for itself with a bar that is the first of its kind—anywhere. Located inside Central West End’s Central Table, Cocktail Collective owners Joshua Johnson and Sasha Alms introduced us to Bar Paradigm last week.
The duo behind Cocktail Collective saw the need for an upscale, vibrant space that could speak to the Central West End vibe and be an ideal spot for friends to gather for live music, craft cocktails and mingle with the “see and be seen” crowd. The new bar—which has its own hours separate of the restaurant—provides an exclusive, handcrafted “Collective Menu” of creations from 10 of our city’s top cocktail masterminds, including Ted Kilgore of Planter’s House, Natasha Bahrami of The Gin Room, Matt Osmoe of Blood & Sand and more.
The premier menu includes handcrafted drinks to enjoy, such as the Industry Sour from Ted Kilgore, which is made of fernet branca, green chartreuse, lime juice and simple syrup; or Belly Time by Beth Sorrell of Cocktails Are Go! with reposado tequila, watermelon cubes, basil leaves, agave nectar and lime juice. After the launch on Aug. 3, the Collective menu will be available to the general public with the debut of Bar Paradigm’s full crafted cocktail menu.
According to Alms and Johnson, not only will the craftsmen be the inspirations behind the menu, but there will be guest celebrity bartenders featured on the Collective Menu who will go behind the stick to bring their vibe to Bar Paradigm every few weeks with live music and cocktail classes.
“I’m amazed that this concept hasn’t been done before,” says The Gin Room’s Natasha Bahrami. “Presenting a collective showcase of uncommon talent takes the mundane out of so many cocktail lists we tend to see.”
“You know the names, you know the bars but this concept creates a time and space where they all collide, favorably. I would have no problem making room on my menu for any one of the rockstars on their list.”
Bar Paradigm is now open to the public from 11am-midnight Tuesday-Saturday. The hours are not the same as Central Table. 23 S. Euclid Ave., Central West End
All photos courtesy of Corey Woodruff Photography