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Best Places for Drinks in St. Louis

Best Places for Drinks in St. Louis

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Goshen roasts only small batches of 100 percent organic coffee in their custom-built, high-efficiency roaster.

Welcome to The Rhubarb and Honey Drink Guide to St. Louis. Whether you're someone who loves the buzz of caffeine, or the buzz from a great craft beer, the perfect drink spot is somewhere in this list!

Foundation Grounds Coffee House & Cafe
Besides striving to serve the finest quality coffee, food, and pastries, Foundation Grounds is a conscious coffee house and café with a serious committment to the environment.

From sourcing local ingredients at the Maplewood Farmers’ Market to using only 100 percent organic coffee from (my favorite) Goshen Coffee Company, Foundation Grounds talks the green talk and walks the green walk. For the coffee lover, stop by Foundation Grounds and pick up a pound of any of the wonderful tasting Goshen coffees they carry. My picks? Try the Bona Fide Espresso blend, the Old School Tattoo Blend, or the Ethiopian Harrar.

Goshen Coffee Company
Want to get your coffee buzz directly from the source? Then take a short trip to the aforementioned Goshen Coffee Company in Edwardsville, and you’ll be in coffee nirvana. Can you tell how much I love Goshen coffee?

Unique to the St. Louis area, Goshen roasts only small batches of 100 percent organic coffee in their custom-built, high-efficiency roaster to ensure nothing is wasted and you get the freshest product possible. Rest assured that every cup of their coffee that warms your hands is certified organic and completely sustainable throughout its entire existence for both the environment and the farmers. Don’t forget to grab a pastry from Goshen’s sister company, 222 Bakery, while you’re there!

Saint Louis Brewery
I think most folks in St. Louis know Schalfly Beer, but I don’t think many of them know that Schlafly is actually the brand name of beers produced by the Saint Louis Brewery, not the name of the brewery itself. There’s a little St. Louis drink trivia for you.

The brewery was founded in 1991 and produces more than 30 styles of hand-crafted, microbrewed beers annually. When in season, try the Winter ESB, an amber-colored, malty ale with lots of hops to balance the flavor. It's sure to please a craft beer lover.

The Wine Merchant, Ltd.
The Wine Merchant, Ltd. opened in 1992 and has become one of the leading fine wine retailers in the St. Louis area. It boasts a selection of more than 2,000 wines — from great tasting, inexpensive values to the rarest wines in the world — so you’re certain to find just the right bottle. Not sure whether to choose between either a chardonnay to pinot noir? Check out The Wine Merchant’s Wine of the Month Club features for a tip.

Members of "The Merch Club" receive two bottles of wine each month from small, quality-oriented producers whose wines cannot be found in most markets. Included in each offering is useful information about the wines, such as flavor profiles, food pairing ideas, regional histories, and serving instructions.

The London Tea Room
Given a choice of tea, water, or soda, I’ll pick tea 99 percent of the time..I love tea! And I love The London Tea Room, an unstuffy tea room in downtown St. Louis.

Serving and selling excellent tea, light lunches, and pastries in casual European surroundings, The London Tea Room is the perfect place to get your tea on. All of their loose-leaf teas are for sale by the 1/8 pound, and new teas and seasonal varieties arrive constantly so I guarantee they’ll be a huge selection to pick from while you’re there.

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The Best Boozy Brunch Deals in St. Louis

Let's face it: Sometimes you don't necessarily need farm-fresh ingredients or a chef's careful touch. Sometimes, when you're at brunch, you simply want the hair of the dog. OK, and one more for your baby and then one more for the road.

We've rounded up a list of some of the best boozy brunch deals in town. Some combine top-notch ingredients with great prices others simply let you go for volume. Whatever your preference, if you're ready to whet your whistle on a lazy weekend morning, we've got you covered.

Bar Louie
Multiple locations, including 14 Maryland Plaza, 314-678-3385
All local outposts of this national favorite offer bottomless mimosas Saturday and Sunday for just $10.

Scape
48 Maryland Plaza, 314-361-7227
Enjoy unlimited trips to the bloody-mary bar at this Central West End favorite for just $25. That includes all the booze you can take in from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

DeMun Oyster Bar
740 De Mun Avenue, Clayton 314-725-0322
Bottomless mimosas or bloody marys are on offer for just $15 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Tuesdays (because who isn't into brunch on Tuesdays?), take 20 percent off sparkling wine by the bottle and enjoy $1 oysters with the purchase.

BBQ Saloon
4900 Laclede Avenue, 314-833-6666
This stylish barbecue spot offers $15 bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Louie's Wine Dive
16 South Bemiston Avenue, Clayton 314-875-9373
So long as you purchase an entree, you can enjoy bottomless mimosas on the weekends here for $17, with three mixer options: the classic with orange juice, a ruby red with grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice. The bar also offers $5 old-school bloody marys from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Wheelhouse
1000 Spruce Street, 314-833-3653
A bottomless-mimosa wristband, sold for $15, lets you brunch at the Wheelhouse and then wander over to its sister business, Start Bar, to get your game on . and keep the mimosas coming. The deal is good from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In the summer, mimosa options include a frozen one.

Evangeline's Bistro and Music House
512 North Euclid Avenue, 314-367-3644
Bottomless mimosas are $20 on Saturday and Sunday — drink them while you enjoy performances from Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers or other hot jazz artists. Orange, raspberry and mango are mixer options. Or visit the bloody-mary bar: $11 gets you one drink plus full access, or pay $30 for unlimited booze and unlimited access.

Tin Roof
1000 Clark Avenue, 314-240-5400
This downtown fun zone offers a different theme every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring DJs and live music. Bottomless mimosas are $15 (though there is a two-hour time limit). Mix yours with passionfruit, grapefruit, pineapple or raspberry lemonade for an additional $5.

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Reeds American Table
7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood 314-899-9821
Reeds' curated wine list includes an option of bottomless bubbles, topped with fresh-squeezed orange juice, for just $17.

SqWires Restaurant & Annex
1415 South 18th Street, 314-865-3522
Each $14 bloody-mary bottle at Sqwires has enough vodka and house mix for two bloody marys and includes a trip to the blood-mary bar, which boasts more than 50 ingredients. Virgin bloodys, which also include a trip to the bar, are only $10. For those who simply want to snack, access to the bar sans drink is just $7. Bottomless mimosas are $14 and include access to the same bar.

Gamlin Whiskey House
236 North Euclid Avenue, 314-875-9500
Gamlin Whiskey House makes its bloody marys with a spicy house-infused pepper Jim Beam yes, the whiskey house does it with whiskey. Topped with bloody-mary mix, it's $12. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, mimosas are $5 each.

Layla
4317 Manchester Avenue, 314-553-9252
Enjoy bottomless mimosas or bloody marys at this Grove mainstay on Saturday or Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for just $15.

Vin de Set
2017 Chouteau Avenue, 314-241-8989
Everyone is treated to a complimentary mimosa or Champagne cocktail with Vin de Set's wildly popular Sunday brunch. For an additional $12, you can make that glass bottomless. Get unlimited access to the huge bloody-mary bar with the purchase of a shot of liquor prices begin at $7.60.

Pat Connolly Tavern
6400 Oakland Avenue, 314-647-7287
Bottomless mimosas at this classic Irish pub in Dogtown are just $12 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Scottish Arms
8 South Sarah Street, 314-535-0551
"Endless" mimosas at this delightfully cozy Central West End eatery are just $15. Access to the build-your-own bloody-mary bar starts at $7.

Three Monkeys
3153 Morganford Road, 314-772-9800
By purchasing buffet access, you get a complimentary bloody mary or mimosa after that, you can mix and match up to three more for 99 cents each. From 9 to 10 a.m., buffet access is $17.99 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it's $20.99.

Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen
34 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves 314- 968-0061
Build your own bloody marys for $3 each. Enough said!

Cyrano's
603 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves 314-963-3232
Enjoy $5 mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hammerstone's
2028 South 9th Street, 314-773-5565
Every day until 11 a.m., this Soulard bar offers $4 mimosas, $3.50 bloody marys or a 48-ounce mimosa pitcher for $12. They begin service at 8 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. on weekdays, making it a popular stop for third-shifters.

Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria
Two locations including 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill 314-942-6555
Get access to the bloody-mary bar for $10 per glass or $30 per pitcher. Mimosas are $9, or $28 for a pitcher, with several different mixer options, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends.

Oceano Bistro 44 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton 314-721-9400
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, enjoy bottomless mimosas or bloody marys for $25.

Das Bevo
4749 Gravois Avenue, 314-832-2251
Enjoy Sunday brunch fit for a beer baron inside the windmill that gave Bevo Mill its name. Bottomless mimosas are $15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crafted
3200 Shenandoah Avenue, 314-865-3345
Enjoy $10 bottomless mimosas during Sunday brunch service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mollys in Soulard
816 Geyer Avenue, 314-241-6200
Enjoy bottomless mimosas for $20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, there's no brunch menu, but you can still enjoy the mimosa deal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Build-your-own bloody marys, which you order to your specifications much like sushi, are also a popular option.

Herbie's
8100 Maryland Avenue, Clayton 314-769-9595
The restaurant offers a classic unlimited bloody-mary bar every Saturday and Sunday for $18. Unlimited mimosas are also $18.

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A Guide to St. Louis' Best Cocktail Bars

For our 2017 RFT Bar Guide, we went deep into the heart of the city's cocktail culture. From the bars that made our scene what it is today to the great spots right in your neighborhood, we've got them all covered in this almost-close-to-comprehensive list. Search for your favorites are try something new.

These innovators deserve credit for making the St. Louis scene what it is today

Though it's difficult to remember in today's progressive drink environment, there was a time when going out for a cocktail in St. Louis meant a watered-down vodka tonic or, if you were feeling adventurous, a specialty martini. Then came Ted Kilgore, a former industrial perfumer who transformed the city's cocktail scene, first at the acclaimed Monarch, then at Taste and finally, at his own bar, Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue, 314-696-2603). Kilgore redefined what a drink could be, pushing and creating and putting as much thought into a glass as an acclaimed chef puts on a plate. Together with his wife Jamie and partner Ted Charak, Kilgore has created a temple to cocktails at Planter's House, honoring the history (Planter's House is in a former hotel that bore the same name, and its bar-within-a-bar Bullock Room is named after Tom Bullock, a St. Louisan and the first African-American to write a cocktail book) even while pushing toward the future. These days, Kilgore has mostly stepped away from the shaker, spending most of his time as beverage director, helping to facilitate and give direction to cocktail ideas, but his reputation for being the best has attracted the best: Planter's House is the place to work for the bartenders who not only continue Kilgore's legacy but forge their own paths — and in turn define what it means to drink in St. Louis.

It's no surprise that the chef who bears the most responsibility in making St. Louis dining scene the jewel it is today is also credited with helping to define its cocktail scene. Granted, a handful of foundational bars and restaurants came before, but when Gerard Craft opened Taste (4584 Laclede Avenue, 314-361-1200) in a tiny storefront in Benton Park, he did so with the vision of making cocktails that were more than just thoughtful — he wanted them to be complementary to, if not an extension of, the food coming from his kitchen. By tapping Monarch's Ted Kilgore to head his bar program, Craft gave the already acclaimed barman a venue to spread his wings and show the city just how much could be done in a glass. Kilgore is gone, and Taste is now in a handsome space in the Central West End, but the bar's legacy is still on display here, as well on the menus of every St. Louis cocktail bar worth its salt. Perhaps it's more than just coincidence that we refer to drinks these days as "craft cocktails."

In 2005, the St. Louis cocktail scene was grim. Then came Steve Smith, who had the vision to know we wanted more even before we ourselves did. Smith purchased the old Real Bar and partnered with his friend Tim O'Connell with the mission of creating a real-deal cocktail-focused bar, anchored in balanced drinks and professional service. Their spot, the Royale (3132 South Kingshighway Boulevard, 314-772-3600), quickly became the preeminent place in town for good drinks, igniting a spark that would turn our scene into the vibrant one it is today. You wouldn't suspect the role the Royale has played in our city's cocktail culture simply by walking into the building today. The vibe is unassuming and relaxed, the essence of laidback south city. However, once you taste one of the Royale's perfectly balanced, impeccably crafted concoctions — such as the gin, cucumber and lime "Subcontinental," which has been on the menu since day one — you'll realize you are tasting the very essence of what makes drinking in St. Louis so special. Grab a table on the lovely patio, if you are lucky enough to get one, and enjoy drinks made with skill but without an ounce of pretentiousness.

These bars aren't for traditionalists. But if you're up for experimental and even wacky mixes, they know how to whet your whistle

The Libertine (7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton 314-862-2999) has been many things since it first opened in 2013: a haute Southern table with a Food and Wine "best chef" winner, a Mediterranean-inflected temple of decadence and now, a fiercely local homage to the bounty of Missouri's farms. Amidst the reinventions, one constant has been the restaurant's place in the upper echelon of St. Louis' cocktail scene. Helmed by head barkeep Ben Bauer, the Libertine's bar has garnered a reputation as a top spot for experimentation. Coupled with owner Nick Luedde's creative, anything-goes spirit, Bauer's penchant for forging new boundaries makes the program unique. From housemade pineapple and duck fat cachaça to wormwood bitters, Bauer draws upon his interest in culinary arts to make the bar an extension of the kitchen. Always researching, Bauer doesn't spend a day behind the bar without trying something new — and yes, that has included trying to persuade his bosses to let him put a pig's blood cocktail on the menu. It hasn't happened yet, but don't put anything past this visionary.

Mike Randolph is one of the city's most innovative chefs, and so it's no surprise he'd call upon one of St. Louis' most innovative bartenders to run his cocktail program. Headed by Jeffrey Moll, the bar at Randolfi's (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City 314-899-9221) is less a place to grab a drink and more a drink-centric classroom — literally: there's a glossary of terms on the menu. Moll has curated a selection of roughly 25 vermouths, nearly that many selections of amaro and an equally impressive list of fernet. That may intimidate you, but it shouldn't, as Moll is happy to be your guide. As for cocktails, his drink list is divided between "classics" and "adventurous," the latter featuring drinks with names such as "Advice from a Fortune Cookie." It makes sense that Moll has a background in fine arts. He was in need of a creative outlet when he found a kindred spirit in Randolph, who gave him a chance to helm the bar at his acclaimed Little Country Gentleman, even though Moll had zero professional bartending experience. Determined to prove himself, Moll has since dedicated himself to learning everything he can about spirits and developing palate-provoking drinks. His bar is a place to be inspired.

Matt Seiter, who launched the cocktail program at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas (4198 Manchester Avenue, 314-535-9700) and served as its head bartender for four years, wrote a 2012 book dubbing the place "the dive bar of cocktail bars." Even though five years have passed (and Seiter has moved on), the sobriquet still feels apt. The vibe at Sanctuaria is a little bit goth, a little bit rock 'n' roll — and the cocktails are appropriately complex and a bit edgy. It's not at all surprising to find a cocktail on the menu called the "Iron Maiden" (gin, pomegranate liqueur, rose water, simple syrup, lime and basil) or to find bitters play a key role in many drinks. And if you're truly seeking the best, don't miss the list of "Show-Offs" for a half-dozen drinks that feature top-shelf spirits (and prices to match). But it's not all dark hedonism Sanctuaria serves a series of house cocktails with sherry and port, warm spirits that pair well with the Spanish tapas on offer.

Twelve years ago, Chip Schloss looked at the stretch of Manchester Avenue between Vandeventer and Kingshighway and saw huge potential. Aside from the gay bars that have long anchored the neighborhood, the area now known as the Grove wasn't yet a major nightlife destination — but Schloss knew it could be, and so he opened the venerated Atomic Cowboy (4140 Manchester Avenue, 314-775-0775) in 2005. In the decade-plus since, the Grove has become one of the hottest spots to drink in all of St. Louis, bursting with bars and eateries and music venues. Even with the influx of new businesses, though, Atomic Cowboy stands alone. The venue could be better described as a "sprawling complex" than a mere bar at this point, with the addition of the Bootleg music venue and a large outdoor stage on the patio. It isn't just music that keeps patrons coming back, though. Atomic Cowboy now has at the helm of its drinks program hot-shot bartender Tony Saputo, the RFT's pick for "Best Bartender" in 2015. Less a "mixologist" than a "tastebud whisperer," Saputo's advice for customers is simple: "Stop passively consuming and start actually tasting." With cocktails as delicious as the "Afternoon Delight" — a concoction featuring two kinds of rum, Licor 43, Pierre Ferrand Ancienne Methode dry curaçao, Frangelico, salt, bitters, lime, orange and cream that tastes like a damn Dreamsicle — that won't be a problem.

Turn the page for cocktail bars to visit when you're feeling like a night out on the town.

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This St. Louis Bar Charges by the Hour, Not the Drink

Bars are places where people drink and socialize. How much you do of one or the other is a sliding scale: Mocktails are available for the pure socializers barstools tucked into a dark corner are available for the focused boozers. But typically, people fall somewhere in the middle. So a new bar in St. Louis has decided to charge everyone the same: At Open Concept, patrons pay by the hour—usually $10𠅊nd drinks are included. The concept behind Open Concept has made global headlines𠅊nd the repercussions of charging by the hour may be more multifaceted than you think.

Launched on Friday, this self-described "cocktail bar" also says it&aposs "unlike any bar you have ever visited." Guests book time in advance online or at the door, and that time begins when they get their first drink. After that, Open Concept says you can "drink all that you can legally handle." In general, that includes things like premixed drinks, Franzia wine, or domestic beers like Bud Light. (Frankly, it&aposs not high-end stuff, but what do you expect for ten bucks?) Or for twice the price (usually $20), you can add top shelf choices like a few craft beers and straight drinks and shots of options like Kettle One, Patron, and Maker&aposs Mark.

Owner Michael Butler told KMOV that his bar was "the first of its kind in the region and the state." And part of what makes the idea so novel is its use of modern conveniences: Visitors check in with their phones and receive text messages to let them know how much time they have left. "We decided to mix technology with that open bar concept," Butler added. People can even handle their tipping online.

Of course, with an open bar, many people&aposs minds immediately turn to overconsumption. But Bulter told The Takeout his staff is ready to deal with these situations. "When we see people becoming visibly intoxicated, we then serve them Pedialyte. We care about our customers," he told the site. "Most people once they&aposve been drinking just want something fruity and tasty, so we can serve them that Pedialyte and say ‘Hey you need to slow down.&apos"

Instead, Butler played up the positives for his patrons: "Our bar wait time is less than other bars because all that payment is done at the door," Butler also stated. "We serve mostly draft drinks so we turn around orders quickly, and the interaction at the bar is not nearly as long as at a regular bar."

Meanwhile, a possible advantage for Open Concept that isn&apost discussed is that the bar gets a guaranteed amount from everyone. At a time when younger generations are notoriously cutting back on their alcohol consumption, that flat guaranteed rate might be more valuable than hoping patrons keep buying more the longer they stay. And let&aposs be honest: It&aposs not like open bars are taking a loss if they aren&apost covering their costs, the price can simply be raised the next time.

Overall, it would seem like Open Concept&aposs concept might offer some interesting benefits to both its customers and its owners. Of course, the success of any bar depends on a lot more than any one gimmick: You need good atmosphere, good clientele, good drinks, etc. But at the very least, if Open Concept can&apost find its niche, you can&apost necessarily fault them for trying.


Where to order cocktails for delivery and to-go in St. Louis for at-home happy hour

Your favorite cocktail lounge may be as close as your home den or patio.

Courtesy Mission Taco Joint

With droves of people sheltering at home during the COVID-19 crisis, home cooking has seen a huge uptick—or, at the very least, experimenting with sourdough and focaccia has taken hold. But far fewer people have all of the supplies and ingredients on hand to make their favorite cocktails or to feel confident making Manhattans and Negronis in their kitchens.

Whether you’re missing the classics or the newer, barrel-aged drinks, you’re in luck, though. Last week, the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control issued a temporary suspension of state law that allows bars and restaurants to sell pre-batched cocktails to go. Businesses are required to package the drinks in sealed, leak- and tamper-proof containers and provide customers with dated receipts for the purchase customers must also order food alongside the cocktails. Amid the pandemic, states and municipalities across the country have issued waivers to allow for the temporary sale of these drinks, as they offer a currently beleaguered industry one more revenue opportunity (not to mention offering customers more options while social distancing at home).

Two local business owners played a big role in advocating for the change in Missouri: Adam Tilford, co-owner of Mission Taco Joint, and Benjamin Brown of Satchmo’s Bar & Grill. Both are now offering sealed cocktails for curbside pickup at Mission, you’ll find pre-batched margaritas, while classic cocktails and frozen tropical drinks are the focus at Satchmo’s.

Courtesy Cobalt Smoke & Sea

Photography by Guinevere Lorenz

As news of the suspension spread around town this week, a bevvy of other restaurants and bars announced similar offerings. At Cobalt Smoke & Sea in Creve Coeur, owner Bernadette Faasen and bartender Tim Dressel have developed a line of delicious craft cocktails. The first line debuted with fun names that riff on current streamable obsessions, such as the Tiger King Rum Punch, which combines white rum, pineapple, lime, pomegranate, passionfruit, and mango. Others poke fun at our collective cabin fever, such as the Honey, I’m Home (Always)!, with Earl Grey tea-infused bourbon, lemon, honey, apricot, and mint.

“We’re trying to add some fun and laughter and some smiles to perk people up,” Faasen says. “I think people are just so tired of sitting at home all of the time."

Courtesy Cobalt Smoke & Sea

Photography by Guinevere Lorenz

Made with freshly squeezed juices and house-made syrups, the drinks are meant to be enjoyed soon after purchase (unless you want to pop them in the freezer for a future boozy slushie). The 12-ounce cocktail packs are $12—a steal, considering one 6-ounce drink is often around $12 at a restaurant. “We wanted to do something fun for the community,” Faasen says.

Cobalt’s current line of cocktails sold out last weekend, and a new set will debut this week. While Faasen doesn’t want to spoil the surprise, she says she’s excited to share them. Having the ability to offer cocktails to go has reenergized her, her team, and their business, she says.

“We’re now selling more cocktails than food, which is crazy,” Faasen says. “I think people have paused on spending so much money on dining out, but all of a sudden, there are these new hot cocktails, and they want to try them. It’s opened us up to new sales again and remotivated us.”

Across town, at Juniper in the Central West End, chef-owner John Perkins and bar manager Brendan Sante are hard at work on mixing up cocktails to go as well. Guests can choose from eight different Juniper classics, including the Tennis with Hemingway, Put it in Your Purse, and The Presbyterian. Cocktails are packaged in vacuum-sealed pouches all customers must do is pick them up, clip off the top, and pour them over ice.

For so many restaurants, having the ability to serve cocktails to go alongside food has given them a little more opportunity to recoup lost revenue. Although 60 percent of Juniper’s revenue has historically been from food sales, the cost of labor and time to create those meals is far greater than the prep and work required to make even complex cocktails.

“Every little bit counts,” Perkins says. “Just for the sake of exploring it more, when we were doing DoorDash, we couldn’t sell alcohol at all. So in theory, the limited revenue we were getting was already greatly reduced, and then you chop off an additional 40 percent. So we were losing out on a lot of potential sales not being able to sell alcohol. So now that we can do the full spectrum, including beer and wine, it allows us the chance to capture even more revenue, which is just so, so important right now.”

Like food orders and wine and beer sales, Juniper’s to-go cocktails can be ordered through its website and are available for contactless curbside pickup.

While some business owners are packing up drinks in vacuum-sealed, throwaway containers for convenience and ease, others are taking different approaches. At Elmwood in Maplewood, bar manager Dave Greteman is mixing up three bottled cocktails to sell curbside: a house Negroni made with a blend of vermouths and bitters, a Manhattan made with Old Overholt rye whiskey, and a shaken spicy tequila number. All three cocktails are available in 750-milliliter and 375-milliliter glass bottles, and they’re sealed with a dramatic red wax.

“It’s a luxury to go out and buy a cocktail to go, and packaging is super important to the aesthetic of the restaurant,” says Elmwood co-owner Chris Kelling. “We’re still in the hospitality business and providing people with a bit of an escape no matter the form. It just kind of carried with our brand, and we felt that this was truest to the kind of experience we’re trying to create with our product and within their own walls [at home].” Elmwood’s website offers the to-go cocktails as well as food, wine, and beer.

Meanwhile, fans of barrel-aged cocktails might ring up Pastaria in Clayton or one of Salt + Smoke’s four area locations. Pastaria chef-owner Gerard Craft shared on social media that the Brasserie Old Fashioned and a barrel-aged Negroni are now available for purchase and curbside pickup in glass bottles.

At Salt + Smoke, guests will find the restaurant’s classic barrel-aged Negroni alongside five other barrel-aged drinks from its normal bar list: The Elder Uncle, the Apple Barrel, an Old Fashioned, the Salt + Smoke original, and a Manhattan. Sold in 32-ounce glass decanter bottles, the specialty cocktails debuted last Friday.

“We wanted to offer items that were distinctly Salt + Smoke, so these barrel-aged cocktails that our guests have come to love over the past several years to be able to give that flavor and experience of dining at Salt + Smoke, just from your living room,” says owner Tom Schmidt. “All of the cocktails have different pricing based on what goes into them. The Manhattan is all booze, so it’s 32 ounces of booze that comes out to basically 10 cocktails, and we’re selling that for $49.99, so less than $5 a drink. We wanted these to be of great value as well.”

Amid the pandemic, when so much feels uncertain and taxing, Schmidt hopes that these cocktails can offer something comforting and unique. “What we’ve always been about is hospitality and comfort and making people feel at home," says Schmidt, "and I think everything we can do right now to make things more familiar for our guests and more unique for them is really important.”

Even restaurants and bars that are temporarily closed are getting in on the curbside cocktail action. At Brennan’s, which is relocating steps away from its original location in the Central West End later this year, the team has launched a way to get snacks and cocktails to your front door. Dubbed Booze and Snacks, the delivery service offers customers delivery for wine, beer, spirits, and cigars, as well as snacks and gift boxes. Soon, Brennan’s will also release cocktail kits and bottled mixed cocktails for two to four people.

“Our pricing is very competitive, and, in some cases, well below other local retail options,” owner Kevin Brennan said in a release. “We’re moving through inventory and trying to offer people some nice items for sheltering in place. We’ll be uploading unique booze and snack boxes curated by us often, and we’re also letting people build their own custom gift boxes.”

Booze and Snacks operates Monday through Saturday from 4–9 p.m., and same-day delivery is available for customers who place orders by 4 p.m. Customers are charged a $4.50 delivery fee for orders under $50.

Fans of craft cocktails can find rotating options from the founder and owner of STL Barkeep, Matthew John. Under the all-too-apt name Silver Living Cocktails, John recently launched a cocktail delivery service offering canned cocktails in four packs for $20 (plus a $5 delivery fee), made in partnership with Matt Foster of Firepot Nomadic Teas, a brand from Kaldi’s Coffee.

The first line included cocktails such as bourbon with hibiscus tea, gin with Moroccan jasmine mint tea, tequila with passionfruit, and lime and vodka with lavender. The initial run of 60 four-packs sold out in just two days.

Courtesy Baileys' Restaurants

Courtesy Baileys' Restaurants

Hurricanes at Knockout BBQ are made with fresh fruit juices and light and dark rum.

Baileys' Restaurants recently rolled out The Best of Baileys', an online virtual store featuring a variety of grocery boxes for purchase (or donation), as well as a la carte options, including cocktails from several family restaurants: a Fresh Hurricane Kit from Knockout BBQ, a Bloody Mary Kit from Rooster (batched versions of both are coming soon), a bottle of pre-made Manhattans from Small Batch, and five kinds of Baileys' Chocolate Bar martinis (Milk Chocolate, Very Dark, Mint Chip, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, and The Sexual). The 750-millileter bottles of martinis (good for three to four cocktails) are priced from $19.99 to $21.99.

Today, The Crossing announced its line of signature cocktails (in 6- or 12-ounce bottles, priced $24 to $72), available for pickup or delivery. Choose from a barrel-aged Negroni, bourbon Manhattan, a proper Sazerac, and more—topped off with a "big rock ice cube" for $2.

And beginning tomorrow, 612North, the catering and event space on Laclede's Landing, is selling quarts and half-gallons ($25.95 and $47.95 respectively) of Raspberry Lemonade, Blue Hawaiian, and Sangria for curbside pick-up or delivery.


Top 10 Food and Drinks in St. Thomas

In order to make the very best of a vacation, you have to do a little research. You research to find the prettiest beaches, the best hotels, and even the best things to do. Of course, some research is more fun than others. Namely, researching the food of an area! The fun and yummy cuisine in St. Thomas makes that research a little less grueling. We’ve compiled this list of our very favorite foods and drinks of St. Thomas and the best restaurants to find them to make that search a little smoother. Keep reading to make your next vacation to St. Thomas as delicious as possible!

Food

This classic side dish (pronounced fun-jee) is actually completely unrelated to mushrooms. Made with salted cornmeal, water, and okra, this is one of the most common side dishes you can find in St. Thomas. It’s similar to polenta, but a bit more tropical and with a much more fun name!

Best place to try it: Cuzzins. If you’re going to have something as typical as fungi then you have to try it in one of St. Thomas’ most authentic and historic restaurants. Learn about the histories of Cuzzins and fungi on our Flavors of St. Thomas food tour!

Johnny Cake

In the Caribbean, Johnny Cake is as common as french fries are in the United States. Slightly sweet and deliciously fried, you only need three words to describe these well-loved cakes: Simple, classic, and yummy. Enjoy them on their own as a snack or pair them with your meal.

Best place to try it: Island Flavor. This restaurant certainly earns their name with their perfectly baked Johnny cakes.

Besides being really fun to say, kallaloo (or callaloo) is a soup made from leafy greens, and okra, meats, or fish (or a combination of those things!) This hearty stew is versatile and packs a lot of flavor. If you’re a fan of gumbo, then this dish is for you.

Best place to try it: T-Restaurant and Chicken Fry. You truly cannot find a better callaloo on the island.

Move over empanadas – pate is king in St. Thomas. Pates are chicken, meat, fish, or spiced vegetables that have been stuffed into a pastry dough and then deep fried. Pate is a local favorite because of how easy they are to make and eat.

Best place to try it: Bumpas. You can find pate just about anywhere, but to have the best experience you have to try it at Bumpas, all while taking in the beautiful view from their terrace. Bonus – Bumpas is also a stop on our food tour of St. Thomas!

If you can’t get enough of pate then meet its cousin, roti. Thanks to its Indian background, roti is a bit spicier and lighter than pate. Roti is the perfect embodiment of West Caribbean cuisine and is sure to please your tastebuds.

Best place to try it: Ideal Restaurant. This place serves one thing and one thing only: roti. Honestly, we would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t recommend this restaurant.

Remember when you were a kid and you used to put a conch shell up to your ear so that you could hear the ocean? Well, now you can taste the ocean with this delicious dish! Conch is prepared in many different ways on the island, including fritters, chowders, and in different sauces. This is definitely for seafood lovers, as it has a fishy taste to it.

Best place to try it: Jen’s Cafe. Jen’s Cafe and Deli is famous on the island for having some of the best conch fritters on the island! If fried food isn’t your thing, you can also try it with a yummy butter garlic sauce. Jen’s Cafe is also another restaurant you’ll find on our St. Thomas food tour.

Bullfoot Soup

Yes, you read that right. Bullfoot soup is a favorite comfort food among locals made from – you guessed it – a bull’s feet, stock, and veggies. Don’t let the name throw you off, this is basically the yummy Caribbean equivalent to chicken noodle soup.

Best place to try it: Gladys’ Cafe is also a great place to try this delicacy!

Sweet and full of coconut, dumb bread can be enjoyed as a snack or dessert. Dumb bread may be simple to make (that’s actually how it got its name!) but it’s a smart idea to try some while you’re on the island.

Best place to try it: Cup-N-Kettle Tea House. Enjoy a nice sip of tea while you snack on their dumb bread (called coconut scone on the menu.) Be sure to get there early, since this pastry often sells out!

Drinks

There is nothing quite as classic in the Virgin Islands than a Painkiller cocktail. Made with rum, pineapple juice, coconut, and orange juice, a painkiller is as refreshing as it gets.

Best place to try it: Flavors of St. Thomas Food and Culture Tour. On our food tour, you don’t just get to taste this island staple, but you actually get to make it yourself at Side Street Cafe. You even get to take the recipe home with you!

Although this drink is often attributed to Pensacola, Florida, its roots can be traced back to St. Thomas in the mid-1970s. This drink is often described as a milkshake with alcohol or a chocolate version of a piña colada. Whatever you call it, sipping on this cocktail is a nod to the history of St. Thomas cuisine.

Best place to try it: Paradise Point. Combine outstanding views with a classic drink, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect vacation. With over 1 million bushwhackers served at Paradise Point, it’s safe to say you’re in good hands.

We’ve armed you with plenty of information to have the most delicious vacation ever, but if you want the deliciousness with less research and more fun than join us on our St. Thomas Food and Culture Tour! You get to try many of these items above, plus some other goodies – with no wait at any of the restaurants and 2 rum cocktails! Find out more information here.


Top Frozen Drinks In St. Louis

Whether it&rsquos a quick stop before a show or a night out with friends, The Fountain on Locust will cool you down with a number of delicious treats for the whole family. While the kids can enjoy a good old-fashioned soda, adults can sip on an ice cream martini or an adult float. Experience a classic frozen mudslide or one of the unique martinis accented with ice cream at this place that is famous for its birthday ice cream martini and its orange Dreamsicle, lemon lime or strawberry selections. Add vanilla ice cream to a white peach Bellini or a dark creamy stout, and enjoy your float with a new twist.

Enjoy a family-owned atmosphere from this North County restaurant that has been in the area for nearly 50 years and claims to be the area’s oldest Mexican restaurant. Satisfy your taste buds with authentic Mexican food followed by fried ice cream. Wash it down with the most refreshing and finest frozen strawberry margarita around, with or without banana. Go for a little less frost, but still ice cold and chilled, with the blue lagoon, Cadillac, melon or peach margarita on ice.

If chocolate’s in the name of the restaurant, you know you&rsquore in for some deliciousness, and not just the hot cocoa variety. This place doesn&rsquot miss a chance to accentuate chocolate in every way, shape or form especially in its frozen drinks. For the best in frozen drinks, select from the selection of liquid dessert martinis. Choose from ice cream or sorbet choices of rich coffee, creamy Bailey&rsquos, cinnamon chai, smooth pumpkin, dark chocolate coconut, raspberry or strawberry-lemonade, sangria or a traditional salty dog.

Whoever said coffee needs to be served piping hot has never enjoyed a frosty treat at this favorite St. Louis spot. This place turns a favorite cup of coffee into a hot summer’s afternoon frozen delight. Enjoy a frozen Irish coffee, which is a blend of frozen coffee and whiskey, topped with whipped cream. Another frozen treat to enjoy is a Finnegan&rsquos shake which mixes frozen coffee with a delicious milk stout.

Nothing is quite as thirst quenching as a nice tall glass of iced-cold lemonade &ndash nothing, that is, except if that lemonade is frozen. Visit this Forest Park hot spot to take in an outdoor musical while sipping on the best frozen lemonade around. Sit back and wait for the show while you hit the concession stand, which offers a variety of frozen cocktails as well as plain old-fashioned, non-alcoholic frozen lemonade. The Muny is open during the summer season months only.


Here are the top ten drinks in the US Virgin Islands:

  1. Painkiller: As a matter of fact, this strong cocktail is a Virgin Island favorite! It is a delicious mix of rum, coconut, pineapple and orange with a thick and creamy consistency. At the end of the day, the painkiller is sure to remind you why you love vacation in the Caribbean.
  2. Bushwacker: Combine happy hour and dessert with a delicious milkshake made with Coco, Lopez, Baileys, Kahlua, Amaretto and Vodka. Don’t let this sweet snack fool you though. Bushwackers are infamously strong, so you’ll only need one or two.
  3. Rum Punch: This is another island classic that almost every bar has on the menu. It’s a refreshing blend of Dark Rum, Grenadine, sour mix, orange, pineapple and a dash of bitters. The citrus mix is perfect to quench your thirst after a day snorkeling in St. Thomas or hiking Caneel Hill in St. John.
  4. Cruzan Confusion: This popular US Virgin Islands drink uses the famous Cruzan Rum, which is made on the islands. Start your day touring the Cruzan Rum Distillery in St. Croix, and then as the sun sets order a Cruzan Confusion at your favorite beach bar. The equal mix of Cruzan mango rum and Cruzan coconut rum with pineapple juice is the perfect tropical mix for vacation.
  5. Limin’ de Coconut: This refreshing Virgin Islands drink includes Light Rum, Coconut Rum, Lime juice, Coco Lopez and crushed ice. Limin’ de Coconut is especially great for quenching your thirst and cooling down after some time in the sun.
  6. Bay Breeze: A more tropical treat is the popular cocktail called a Bay Breeze. This US Virgin Islands drink is made with Cruzan Aged Light Rum, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. Most bars serve this over ice and garnished with a pineapple or a strawberry.
  7. Frozen Pina Colada: A popular drink in many tropical locations, you’ll also see Pina Coladas in the US Virgin Islands. It’s a tasty combination of rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple chunks. If you don’t meet the drinking age in the US Virgin Islands, virgin Pina Coladas are a great non-alcoholic alternatives for visitors under 18.
  8. Dark and Stormy: A top choice for beer lovers is the Dark and Stormy. This is a combination of ginger beer and black rum, with wedges of lime and oranges as toppings.
  9. Rum Swizzle: Although the Rum Swizzle is known as “Bermuda’s National Drink”, it has also been adopted as a USVI drink for many years. In addition to Cruzan dark or light rum (or both), the Rum Swizzle also has lemon juice, triple sec, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine, Angostura bitters and crushed ice. Watch as the bartender stirs with a swizzle stick and strains into cocktail glass!
  10. Cruzan Kiss: Want to celebrate a special occasion during your trip to the US Virgin Islands? Why not make a fancy Cruzan Kiss drink? Pour one part Cruzan Strawberry Rum and four parts Rose Champagne. Drink it from a flute and feel elegant and luxurious.

These are only some of the most popular drinks in the US Virgin Islands. Now that you have a list, you can feel confident ordering on your next Caribbean vacation.

After your Caribbean vacation, comment and let us know which US Virgin Islands drink was your favorite!


Top Boozy Brunches In St. Louis

If the idea of kicking back and sipping on bottomless mimosas isn&rsquot enough, this place offers bottomless bloody marys as well. Oh, and there&rsquos amazingly delicious food to accompany your Sunday brunch cocktails. Sit down to all-you-can-eat biscuits, gravy, bacon and an omelet station, as well as a variety of egg dishes and sometimes even a crawfish gumbo or shrimp dish. Finish off the meal with a variety of pastries.

The Scottish Arms
8 S. Sarah St.
O&rsquoFallon, MO 63108
(314) 535-0551
www.thescottisharms.com

Every Sunday, The Scottish Arms offers a wide selection of farm-fresh eggs and Applewood-smoked bacon, just to get you started. Take in the full experience of Scottish Victorian pub-style dining, complete with a well-stocked bloody mary station and endless fresh-squeezed mimosas. Accent your bloody mary with pickled vegetables, spices, mixers and your choice of vodka, gin or a shot of beer. Before you leave, pair a dessert with an Irish coffee, Bailey’s coffee or perk up just a tad with a cup of straight-up java beans in a cup of Northwest coffee.


Eau Bistro
The Chase Park Plaza Hotel
212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 454-9000
www.chaseparkplaza.com

One of the only restaurants that opens early on Sundays in the Central West End, Eau Bistro starts by offering a complimentary champagne alongside a wealth of entrée and dessert options. As if the breathtaking views of Forest Park from inside this gorgeously rehabbed hotel isn&rsquot enough, this elegant bistro also offers a Sunday brunch like no other. The head chef delivers a wide array of amazingly delectable dishes, with an omelet station, waffles, breakfast meats, breakfast dishes, a crepe station, seafood, salads, an array of cheeses and desserts. It&rsquos hard to decide which is more tasty &ndash accenting the food with a bloody mary and mimosa or accompanying the free-flowing alcoholic beverages with the vast food choices. Even some of the dessert options offer Grand Marnier and Baileys-infused options.

(credit Brasserie by Niche Facebook)

Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 454-0600
www.brasseriebyniche.com

Don&rsquot wait until Sunday when you can enjoy a sit-down brunch a day early at this Central West End restaurant, offering both a Saturday and Sunday brunch. Feast on an a la carte menu with items like house-made granola or fresh cheese with dried plum compote, brioche French toast, hazelnut waffle with apple compote, quiche and other specialty egg dishes. Or enjoy a croque madame ham and cheese sandwich or a burger with fries. Add a kick to your entrée by asking your server about the specialty brunch cocktail, or choose from a variety of liqueur-based drinks or mimosa orange juice champagne, bloody mary with kosher salt, black pepper and cornichon or an unusual barrel-aged Hendrick&rsquos gin and sweet vermouth. Add unique sides like grapefruit brulee, and top it off with chocolate mousse, hazelnut shortbread or a floating island of ice cream.


Bixby&rsquos
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 361-7313
www.bixbys-mohistory.com

This restaurant that overlooks the center of Forest Park, from inside the Missouri History Museum, offers a champagne brunch every Sunday and on special occasions. Choose a buffet that includes house-smoked salmon, entrees, sausages and pastries along with select a la carte items like Belgium waffles with pecan maple butter and strawberry syrup and omelets made to order. Of course, if champagne is not your cup of tea, select wine, bloody mary, mimosa, a champagne cocktail, blood orange margarita or order from the full bar. For the younger crowd, choose from an array of homemade sodas including blood orange fizz or mango sunrise.


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