Brennan’s: An Original Enterprise in the Central West End

 In Food, Guide

The experience of this three-story powerhouse in the Central West End eludes easy descriptions. It’s part bar, part restaurant, part cigar club, part co-working space, part event venue, part lounge, part bottle shop and part ping pong oasis. Owner Kevin Brennan has an impressive ability to envision what his customers want before they know it themselves, which has helped the business stay vibrant since its inception in 2003.

Spirits are central to an experience at Brennan’s, whether it’s a cocktail with seasonal small plates in the bar and bottle shop, or an after-dinner cognac with a San Cristobal Robusto cigar, aged in French oak with Maker’s Mark in the Durango Cigar Lounge. (If you’d like to try the latter, be aware that the second-floor cigar club is for members only).

The bottle shop, with its majestic glass showcases, dates back to Brennan’s earliest days. The smartly contemporary co-working space, BHIVE, serves as a daily workspace which can also accommodate meetings and luncheons. After office hours, the venue transforms into a hub for guest chefs and innovative speakers. Its success inspired Brennan and his business partners to open a second co-working space, Brennan’s Work & Leisure, in Midtown.

4659 Maryland Ave.

While you’re in the neighborhood …

Cocktails at Taste are masterpieces of flavors, aromas and colors, accented by a locally sourced menu of meats,
cheeses and breads.

4584 Laclede Ave.

Scarlett’s Wine Bar
This wine bar has a far-ranging selection, and its laid-back vibe fits perfectly into the neighborhood
tech scene.

4253 Laclede Ave.

Gamlin Whiskey House
The Gamlin brothers elevate the appreciation of whiskey, bourbon and Scotch through their steakhouse’s
impressive international list of blends and single-batch spirits.

236 N. Euclid Ave.

A version of this story originally appeared in 2017 in Guided: Central West End, available in a digital edition.

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