Destination: Gamlin Whiskey House

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Image courtesy of Gamlin Whiskey House.

Image courtesy of Gamlin Whiskey House.

Monday marked the opening day for Gamlin Whiskey House, St. Louis’ first whiskey house from restaurateur brothers Lucas and Derek Gamlin (owners of Sub Zero Vodka Bar and the forthcoming Taha’s Twisted Tiki). Located in the Central West End, in the space formerly occupied by Jim Fiala’s Liluma, the restaurant focuses on pairing whiskey with creative comfort food dishes.

The bar features 270 whiskeys, including barrels hand-selected by the Gamlins, while kitchen specialties by executive chef Ivy Magruder (formerly of Vin de Set) include home-cooked favorites such as white cheddar potato gratin, bourbon-brined fried chicken and kale salad alongside a signature selection of dry-aged steaks.

Whether you’re there for dinner or just drinks, be sure to start your visit with a little nosh. Try the buttermilk-fried green beans served with mustard-horseradish aioli for dipping, or throw back a few Booker’s flame-grilled oysters—Gulf oysters with butter, shallots, parmesan, bacon and Booker’s bourbon. And while you’re at it, order one of bar manager Dustin Parres’ hand-crafted cocktails, like the Pow-Wow—botanical rye, orange juice, sweet vermouth and Campari—or the Smoked Manhattan—a housemade Manhattan smoked with cherry wood and served in a whiskey pipe you can take with you when you go.

Of course, Gamlin Whiskey House isn’t just about imbibing; it’s about appreciating. That’s why the restaurant will host an all-day educational seminar in conjunction with the Filson Bourbon Academy on Nov. 9. Get more information at Gamlin’s website.

Gamlin Whiskey House is open Monday-Saturday 11am-1:30am, and Sunday 11am-midnight.

236 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, gamlinwhiskeyhouse.com

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