On Tap: Van Goghz, O'Kelley's Bars Get New Names and Makeovers after 'Bar Rescue'
Spike TV’s docu-reality series “Bar Rescue” came to St. Louis earlier this month with a mission to revamp and rescue a couple of our own drinking spots in need of some help. Vino Van Goghz and O’Kelley’s at The Ballpark were both selected to receive the aid of Jon Taffer—the show’s host and veteran nightlife expert—and have been renovated with new looks, equipment and polished menus. Both reopened their doors this week.
Van Goghz Martini Bar & Bistro located in the Tower Grove East neighborhood has turned into Crafted. and contains a new look with handcrafted cocktails such as the Pepper Fruit Press with vodka, grapefruit and pink peppercorns served from a French press. The food comes in small and large plates as well as signature flatbreads with many popular items remaining from the original bistro menu. 3200 Shenadoah Ave., Tower Grove East, 314.865.3345
A few blocks from Busch Stadium, O’Kelley’s at The Ballpark also got its makeover from the show and has become Pastimes on 4th – A St. Louis Pub. The 10,000-square-foot Irish bar now pays tribute to our city’s rich history and baseball in the form of antique images and an in-the-works menu of STL faves. 756 S. 4th St., Downtown, 314.621.1200
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery is shining bright with its annual festive light display, and the Biergarten recently launched The Underground Collection—a monthly rotating tap featuring Research Pilot Brewery (RPB) beers that have only been tasted priorly by brewmasters or shared at beer festivals. There will be a limited supply of each limited-edition Underground Collection beer to try. The second brew in the 2015 Cellar Series release is a malty pale ale in partnership with Cardinals Care called Project Cardinal. 1200 Lynch St., Soulard, 314.577.2626
Downtown’s whiskey, beer and Irish pub The Dubliner closed for business on Nov. 17.
Nov. 27: SLAM Underground: Cool Cats & Hi-Fi Hipsters is happening tonight from 7-10pm. Learn to mix classic cocktails with Ted Kilgore of Planters House, experience a curated tour of Blow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design, enjoy live music, prizes and more. Admission is free with food and cash bar available. One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park