The STL Beer, BBQ and Whiskey Challenge: Whiskey Edition
Glendronach 12-Year at 33 Wine Bar
Even though they’re named for wine, if you tell the talented bartenders where your whiskey taste lies, they’ll supply you with one great nip of top-shelf whiskey after another. Enjoy your snifter of single malt on their cozy patio. 1913 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.231.9463.
Elijah Craig 20-Year Bourbon at Annie Gunn’s
The variety of mature whiskeys at Annie Gunn’s allows a whiskey-lover to explore all the nuances of a properly aged spirit. Take in the rich decor with a fine piece of protein on your plate, and then take your time with one of their many fine whiskeys. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, 636.532.7684.
Glenlivet at Atomic Cowboy
This late-night staple offers something for everyone, but whiskey vets can count on them to always have Glenlivet and a whiskey cocktail to boot. If you’re looking for a drink to slam rather than sip, they’ve still got your number. 4140 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.775.0775.
Blackberry Smash Lemonade at Billy G’s
Plan on catching the game at Billy G’s outdoor patio bar, where plenty of whiskeys are avail-able to satisfy a thirst for darker spirits. Add a splash of summer with the Blackberry Smash Lemonade. 131 W. Argonne Dr., Kirkwood, 314.984.8000.
Grounds For Divorce at Blood & Sand
Go a little VIP at this members-only location, where inspiring food matches one of the best beverage programs in the city. This cocktail, named for an Elbow song, would make anyone feel a little rock ‘n’ roll. 1500 St. Charles St., Downtown, 314.241.7263.
Build-Your-Own Manhattan at Boogaloo
The only right way to make a manhattan is any way you want it—and with 14 different whiskey options, you’ll get just that. Have a really happy hour, manhattan in hand, and snag a swing at the bar. 7344 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.645.4803.
Balvenie Doublewood 17-Year at Brennan’s
With more than 100 whiskeys to choose from, even a seasoned whiskey-drinker’s Rolodex will be tested. Stop by after 5pm during the week to kick back with your glass of this staff favorite in one hand and a cigar in the other in the new lounge space. 4659 Maryland Ave., Central West End, 314.361.9444.
Glenmorangie Flight at Charles P. Stanley Cigar Club
Whether you’re in the mood for an $8 or a $100 pour, Charles P. Stanley has what you need. For the best experience of their variety, try the Glenmorangie flight, featuring the 10 Years Old, Lasanta, Nectar D’or and Quinta Ruban. 1000 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.436.3500.
Woodford Reserve at Fortune Teller Bar Chaser’s Lounge
With the same great selection of whiskeys as Eau Bistro but with a more intimate atmosphere, Chaser’s Lounge is ideal for good conversation and impeccable drinks. And with a location across from The Chase Cinemas, it’s perfect for date night. 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3000.
Maker’s Mark Manhattan at The Cigar Club at the Ritz
For members looking to pair their cigar with just the right drink, the work is done for you. Our suggestion: For the classic manhattan,seek out the mild Montecristo. 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.863.6300.
Handsome Stranger at Dressel’s
This cocktail appears twice on the menu at this landmark pub, but it’s no mistake. First, try Dressel’s house specialty, then follow up with the barrel-aged version to find which suits you best. 419 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.361.1060.
St. Louis Man at Eau Bistro
Head to Eau Bistro for a perfect summer evening on the patio with a live music scene to boot. The St. Louis Man, a summery spin on a manhattan, will set the mood at this Central West End go-to. 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Central West End, 314.633.3000.
Month-Old Manhattan at Eclipse
Eclipse boasts a staggering amount of bourbon, Scotch and rye offerings, but the cocktails demand attention all their own. Here, bartenders age manhattans, made with Rittenhouse Rye 100, for a month before releasing their smoothly toned flavors to the public. Upon occasion, they even offer year-old manhattans. 6177 Delmar Blvd., University City, 314.726.2222.
Beauregard’s Cherry Tug at Element
With live music and one of the best patios in town, nights are best spent at Element. This summer, try their new individually bottled cocktails, which includes their play on an old fashioned. It’s created with housemade cola, black cherry syrup and Jim Beam Rye. 1419 Carroll St., Lafayette Square, 314.241.1674.
Ramble On at Five Bistro
Five Bistro takes seasonal seriously by constructing a new menu every day. The bartenders’ constant creativity extends to the cocktail offerings, and for this little number, they play with flavors ranging from apple to mole to ginger. 5100 Daggett Ave., The Hill, 314.773.5553.
The Rattlesnake King at Fortune Teller Bar
With the right lighting, this Cherokee hangout can feel like a sneaky hideaway, but it offers the best of home—like local liquor. Enter The Rattlesnake King, made with Still 630’s Rally Point Rye. 2635 Cherokee St., Benton Park, 314.776.2337.
Lagavulin 16-Year at Fox & Hounds Tavern
Steal away to The Cheshire’s cozy English gathering room, where Irish and Scottish malts are abundant. Enjoy a dram of this single malt Scotch on a comfy couch to truly indulge in the scene. 6300 Clayton Rd., Clayton, 314.647.7300.
Angel’s Envy at Heavy Riff
Beer, bourbon and barbecue—Heavy Riff simply has it all. This smokey bourbon finished in port barrels may not give you wings, but it might help your game when it comes to free shuffleboard and darts. 6413 Clayton Ave., Dogtown.
Island of Misfit Whiskeys Flight at Hendricks BBQ
Hendricks might host antique whiskey dinners, but its affection for the drink isn’t reserved for special occasions. On any given day, you can cozy up with some comfort food and this out-of-the-box flight, featuring an Indian-made spirit. 1200 S. Main St., St. Charles, 636.724.8600.
Carry Me Away at Herbie’s Vintage 72
Spend an easy afternoon in Herbie’s bistro area, where you can enjoy a breeze from the open-air windows as well as this whiskey cocktail. Caraway seed muddled with an aperitif wine gives the fine tipple its distinctive flavor. 405 N Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.769.9595.
Midleton Very Rare at John D. McGurk’s
At this Irish institution, the bartenders know their whiskey, especially those from the Emerald Isle. They’ll happily recommend a snifter of Midleton Very Rare, distilled in the same town as Jameson but released yearly in very limited quantities. Multiple locations, mcgurks.com.
Three Bees at Juniper
Sweet tea and bourbon are bountiful in this Southern eatery and bar. For an added dose of Southern attitude, opt for the Three Bees with brown butter, bourbon, honey and a little kick from cayenne pepper. 360 N. Boyle Ave, Central West End, 314.520.6750.
Tom Waits For No Man at The Libertine
To indulge in a cocktail at The Libertine is to experience the height of a drink-master’s craft. Here, bartender Nathaniel Weber takes the classic manhattan and elevates it to an artform. 7927 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, 314.862.2999.
Jameson on Tap at Llywelyn’s Pub
The Celtic pub knows and loves its whiskey and wants you to join in. Step into the express lane with Jameson on tap and learn more about a new whiskey each time you step up to the bar. Multiple locations, llywelynspub.com.
Old Fashioned at O’Connell’s Pub
At this beloved pub, they’re happy to serve whiskey any way you’ll have it—be it a single malt Scotch or this classic cocktail. Try it with Basil Hayden’s bourbon and feel at home in this true neighborhood bar. 4652 Shaw Ave., Southwest Garden, 314.773.6600.
John J. Bowman Single Barrel at Old Standard
Whiskey plays a strong role in this trendy fried chicken joint. Stay true to the Southern atmosphere by sipping on this single-barrel bourbon named after Virginia’s distillery-pioneering Bowmans. 1621 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, 314.899.9000.
Laphroaig 10-Year at Olio
The cocktail menu at Olio changes monthly, but you can always count on the chic gas-station-turned wine-bar to sport a bottle of the decade-old Laphroaig single malt. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., Botanical Heights, 314.932.1088.
Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year at Peacemaker
Kevin Nashan’s latest (and wildly popular) addition to Benton Park features a casual atmosphere and New-England-meets-New-Orleans menu, but that’s not all they have to offer: Finish off the meal with this rare bourbon. 1831 Sidney St., Benton Park, 314.772.8858.
Irish Pal at Planter’s House
Ordering anything from the extensive cocktail list at Planter’s House almost guarantees you’ll experience whiskey in a way you never have before. Opt for a new take on citrus this spring with the Irish Pal. 1000 Mississippi Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.696.2603.
The Bee Sting at Red Kitchen and Bar
Sip on this evocative summer drink, made with local Missouri Moonshine malt whiskey, sweet tea, honey and lemon juice. Both kitchen and bar are committed to using local and seasonal ingredients. 315 Chestnut St., Downtown, 314.259.3244.
Sazerac at The Restaurant at The Cheshire
Fine dining and seasonal cooking meet at The Restaurant at the Cheshire. Pair any item on their evolving menu with this classic cocktail for a sophisticated evening out. 7036 Clayton Ave., Clayton, 314.932.7818.
Really Rye Old Fashioned at The Royale
This cocktail fits like a glove at this well-loved neighborhood establishment. Like the pub it’s made in, it’s inspired by the classics but offers a twist for those looking for something a little different. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., Tower Grove South, 314.772.3600
Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey at Small Batch
Small Batch certainly understands if you want to take time to savor. Pore over the quirky “free association” descriptions of each whiskey while sipping on Rieger’s Kansas City Whiskey neat—and then perhaps order another. 3001 Locust St., Midtown, 314.380.2040.
Beer plays a substantial role at Three Kings, but flights of Irish whiskey are offered as well. To tap into the staple’s creative side, try the vertical flight featuring Jameson riffs. Multiple
This crowd favorite—made with James E. Pepper 1776 bourbon, ginger beer and a splash of lime—is a great warm-weather companion. But if you prefer a specific label, they’ll happily incorporate it into a Prohibition-era cocktail. 2651 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.769.7249.