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where we’re drinking Check out what we’re sipping at bars, breweries, wineries and coffee shops.

Written by jenny vergara

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LEE’S SUMMIT, MO. the newest spot stirring and shaking things up in the Kansas

city area is the w, located in the heart of historic downtown lee’s summit. merideth veritasi and her husband purchased the intimate second-story space and spent the next two years remodeling it. exposed brick walls give way to dark wood floors, punctuated by the hammered copper bar. leather chairs are placed next to custom tables that feature an embedded golden “W.” head barman and general manager mike strohm greets everyone who sits down at the bar warmly, even as his hands are busy making every single drink served in the place. strohm’s best-selling smoked vanilla cocktail has the flavor of freshly baked cookies thanks to applewood smoke mingling with 4 roses yellow label bourbon, vanilla beans, burnt sugar simple syrup and aromatic bitters. getting out of the W is almost as mysterious as getting in: once you’ve paid your tab, make your way down the sparkling tiled hallway toward the red exit sign in the back. then hit the lighted red button next to the back door. the light will change to green, and with that, the door will click open, releasing you into the cool night air. the w, 6½ third st., Downtown, lee’s summit, Missouri, 816.287.0000, thew.bar

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cellar house wine & food written by kyle harsha

OAKVILLE, MO. soon after bottle Cellars wine shop opened in 2010, owner Patrick

ahearn noticed a common complaint from customers: there weren’t many restaurants or bars in Oakville, Missouri, serving the same quality wine selection as was available in his shop. in May, ahearn solved the problem: he took over the space next to his retail store and opened Cellar House Wine & Food.

photography by landon vonderschmidt

bar manager shawn sullivan has curated an impressive drink program at Cellar house. the wine list boasts more than 20 by-the-glass domestic and foreign options, with both half and full glasses available. sullivan rotates options on a regular basis; you might find baron de bréban, a brut sparkling rosé from Provence; wagner Vineyards’ Chardonnay from near the Finger lakes in new york; or la Posta “Paulucci” Malbec from argentina. even more compelling is the bythe-bottle list, which is essentially every bottle available in the retail space. For a $10 surcharge, you can open any bottle sold in the shop and drink it in the bar.

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the same care also goes into the cocktail and beer lists. Cocktails include classics like a version of a Frisco and house drinks like bringing back the Dead, a potent combination of white whiskey, lillet blanc, lemon juice, Cointreau and absinthe. the beer selection rotates often and includes local and international microbrews. Cellar House Wine & Food, 6039 Telegraph Road, Oakville, Missouri, 314.846.5100, bottlecellars.com OCTOBER 2015

photography by judd demaline

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