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.
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 avail78
Compass Box Peat Monster at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar
This Scotch holds true to its name and offers a heavy dose of earthy flavors. Tuck away on the upstairs couch for a tete-a-tete, perfect to pair with this whisky said to come from secret distilleries. 1004 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.8141.
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 yearold 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.
Glenmorangie Flight at Charles Ramble On at Five Bistro Five Bistro takes seasonal seriously by conP. Stanley Cigar Club structing a new menu every day. The bartendWhether 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 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,
ers’ 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.
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