Meet the latest spirited trend in town.
There’s no doubt that the latest spirits trend in St. Louis is whiskey. New hotspots and established favorites alike are featuring impressive lists of this venerable liquor and classy, comfortable environs in which to imbibe. Here’s a look at the top spots to drink in the trend.
The Whiskey Ring The newest Cherokee Street attraction, The Whiskey Ring combines the best elements of the classic Cheers bar and a trendy cocktail bar. The whiskey list sports 60 or so spirits, with 10 seasonal whiskey-based cocktails to choose from, along with mixand-match mules, based on the famous Moscow Mule vodka and ginger beer cocktail. Co-owner John Joern says the seating was purposely spread out and the decor kept to a minimum to create an open, comfortable feel. 2651 Cherokee St., Cherokee, 314.769.7249.
Gamlin Whiskey House From brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin, this steakhouse/whiskey bar has just shy of 300 whiskeys to choose from, with a decidedly bourbon focus. They also just released a separate rare whiskeys list, featuring such hard-to-find gems as Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old bourbon.According to Lucas Gamlin, who selected the interior colors and finishes, the clean, modern space is meant to transcend the traditional pub feel and evoke the true spirit of whiskey with accents like barrel oak and copper. 236 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.875.9500.
Small Batch The newest project from serial restaurateur David Bailey, Small Batch pairs a solid selection of whiskeys with a vegan/vegetarian bill of fare. Diners have come to expect Bailey’s spaces to be stunning and Small Batch is no exception, with soaring ceilings, exposed ductwork and a striking black-and-white color scheme. Spirits-wise, the everevolving list is heavy on American styles like bourbon, with a handful of Irish whiskeys and scotches to choose from as well. 3001 S. Locust Ave., Midtown, 314.380.2040.
Blind Tiger at Sutton Place Maplewood’s latest libation destination comes from the folks who brought us The Bleeding Deacon and The Crow’s Nest. Blind Tiger’s spirits list boasts around 50 whiskeys, heavy on the bourbons and ryes, and the list is growing weekly. The bar makes all of the classic whiskey-based cocktails discerning drinkers expect, and a barrel-aged cocktail program is currently in the works. 7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.646.8822.
The Scottish Arms Certainly no newbie on the spirits scene, this well-established CWE pub has been spreading the word on whiskeys in a big way. The Arms is bringing back its Whisky After Dark tasting series, which debuted last year, pairing whiskeys with food. Look for a couple of events this spring before the series begins in earnest on a monthly schedule this summer. The bar has been increasing its stock of bourbons and ryes as well to satisfy spirits lovers of all types. And, of course, with more than 100 scotches on hand, there’s really no reason to go anywhere else to indulge in peat and smoke. 8 S. Sarah St., Central West End, 314.535.0551.
Photo credit: Christopher Gibbons