From the Editor: Inside the May Issue

 In Culture

4_May_2014_cover_type sizedBy now, we know we can count on STL’s restaurant scene to keep things interesting— there’s always a new spot (or James Beard nomination) just around the corner. But the bar scene hasn’t always followed suit…until now. St. Louis’ own Taste is a James Beard nominee for Best Bar Program, STL’s many talented mixologists are garnering some much deserved recognition in cocktail competitions across the country, and the number of new drinking establishments that have opened in St. Louis in the past year is downright impressive. With summertime just around the corner, we couldn’t be more excited.

Whether you’re looking for an exceptional drink, the right scene or entertainment hotspots, our Where to Drink Now story has you covered. Contributing Dining & Spirits Editor Matt Sorrell takes you inside 13 of the city’s newest hotspots, with tips on who’s there, what to drink and other insider info told only like Matt—a trained mixologist who’s currently hanging his hat at Planter’s House—could describe it.

But we didn’t stop with those new to the scene. Summer of Beer and Whiskey taps into two of the hottest trends in town, highlighting old favorites alongside newly opened destinations in an insider’s guide you won’t want to miss. From buzzy bottles to summer brews on tap, we’ve got everything you need to spend the entire summer exploring what the STL nightlife scene has to offer. Plus, our Summer Entertainment Preview will further fill your calendar with the 25 must-attend events heating up St. Louis from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Our cover man Jon Hamm needs no introduction—and there’s no arguing his career is on fire. As he wraps his final season on “Mad Men,” Hamm looks ahead to the silver screen, where he takes the lead in Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” premiering May 16—a role that helped earn him the National Association of Theatre Owners Award of Excellence in Acting just last month. When it comes to talking about his work, Hamm is all business (a trait that has served him well in his 20-some years in Hollywood). But ask him about the celebrity side of his, at times, crazy acting life, and you see the humorous, tell-it-like-it-is side of Hamm that’s both entertaining and incredibly real. Get him on the subject of St. Louis, and there’s no doubt the STL-native-turned-mega-star still has a soft spot for his hometown. When Hamm will make it back to St. Louis remains to be seen. In the meantime, seeing him in his first major appearance on the big screen will have to suffice. Let’s just say, his St. Louis audience will be rooting for him.

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