The Art of Drinking
A beginners guide to the vintage home bar.
THERE COMES A TIME in every man’s life when he’s finally served his guests enough PBR. With such a versatile, long-reaching list of booze, tools and toys to choose from, making the transition from house party to sophisticated gathering carries its own intimidation factor. Fortunately for those just getting into the game, St. Louis’ penchant for Prohibition-era bars and top-notch craft breweries rivals cities like Chicago. With a cue from the city’s elite crew of master brewers and mixologists, take the art of drinking into your own hands and get things rolling with a trip to your local vintage store (we recommend T.F.A. as a first destination to begin the curation process). Step one is a set of standard bar tools—a strainer, Boston shaker, bar spoon, ice pick, etc. From there, an endless list of gadgets is available. To make sense of it all, we’ve outlined a few home bar must-haves.
CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES cigars and champagne have the ability to turn an average night with friends into a celebration. Stock at least a few of each, along with all the proper tools. Cigar Box bottom (1) and matches (2) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, South City, 314.865.1552. Cigar Box top (3) and ash tray (4) available at The Green Shag Market, The Hill, 314.646.8687. Lighters (5) available at Re-Designz, The Loop, 314.330.1974.
SHAKE WHAT YOUR MAMA GAVE YOU A Boston shaker is ideal, but a kitschy, printed traditional shaker will help guests create their own Manhattan or classic martini with ease. Tiki mug (6), Printed shaker (7) and glassware (8) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, 6514 Chippewa, South City, 314.865.1552.
ANOTHER ROUND infusing liquor is a fun and simple way to add a personal twist to your spirit selection. A sealed vintage jar or bottle will be both visually appealing and practical. Vintage bottle (9) available at The Green Shag Market, The Hill, 314.646.8687.
ANTE UP there’s something about a game of cards that gets a party going. Break the ice with a few rounds of poker and watch a friend’s new coworker become one of the gang. Poker chips (10) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, South City, 314.865.1552.
HIT THE ROAD Often, being a good guest is as important as being a great host. A traveling bar kit is practical, effortlessly cool and a great conversation starter. A flask can also go a long way. Bar kit (11) available at The Green Shag Market, The Hill, 314.646.8687. Flask (12) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, South City, 314.865.1552.
Photo credit: Carmen Troesser