St. Louis, long known for its rich history, is home to some of the finest culinary delights and cocktail blends known worldwide. If you’ve ever had trouble finding the perfectly blended martini, look no further. St. Louis has just what you’re after. Ask any martini lover in town where to find the best gin or vodka cocktail, and they will happily direct you to one or more of the following locations scattered throughout the area. Although likely to contend that they have a favorite spot, they will eventually concede that each of these establishments has its own unique twist to fill your glass.
3196 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Fri to Sat – 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sun – closed, Happy Hour Daily – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you haven’t recently been “Goosed,” stop by Absolutli Goosed and check out why it claims to be more than just a martini bar. Offering up delights like the Godiva Down, a Pink Panther or a Blue Ocean, this place is truly unique. Stop in for drinks made to perfection to suit your dining needs, after-dinner cocktail desires or just some social sipping. Winning more than 15 Readers’ Choice Awards from Sauce Magazine and The Riverfront Times, including Best Martini, Absolutli Goosed offers more than 80 martini blends to tempt your taste buds.
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Sub Zero Vodka Bar
309 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Hours: Mon to Fri – 2 p.m. to – 1:30 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Offering one of St. Louis’s most extensive martini menus, Sub Zero Vodka Bar contains spirits collected from over 40 countries and offers cocktail blends exciting to even the most seasoned martini drinker. With options like Amy’s Blueberry Martini, you experience the bursting flavor of blueberries and vanilla blended with blueberry puree. This has just the right mix to snap the taste buds of any fruit-loving martini drinker. For the more traditional martini lover looking for serious flavor with a kick, try one of the new house specials like the Russian Flight, a mixture of Quadro, Stoli Gold, Russian Standard and Putinka.
4584 Laclede Ave
St Louis, MO 63108
Hours: Mon to Sat – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sun – 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Sit back and enjoy a relaxing evening at Taste Bar while sampling the bountiful menu of handcrafted cocktails and tantalizing dishes created with attention to detail. Shaken, stirred or swizzled, you’re sure to find a martini blend to tip your taste buds over the edge. The Skinny Tie is among those most ordered, weighing in with five unique ingredients: Nolets Dry Gin, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Green Chartreuse, decanter bitters and Boston bitters. Due to popularity and limited seating, parties of six or more are asked to call ahead for reservations.
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The Famous Bar
5213 Chippewa St
St. Louis, MO 63109
Hours: Mon to Sat – 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sun – 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Named by St. Louis Magazine to have the Best Bar Vibe in St. Louis, The Famous Bar is rich in both history and reputation. The location has operated under many names since its original opening in 1933, just after the end of prohibition. Since then, it’s remained a popular drinking and smoking establishment. Drink specials like the Mango Martini and Strawberry Bomb are made with homemade purees from fresh fruit gathered daily at local markets. With a warm atmosphere, experienced staff and mouth-watering classic cocktails, it’s obvious why this has been a St. Louis favorite for almost a decade.
999 N 2nd St
St. Louis, MO 63102
Hours: Daily – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nestled atop the eighth floor at the Four Seasons Hotel on Leclede’s Landing, the Cielo offers the perfect martini and a spectacular view of the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis riverfront. Recently voted the Best Martini in town by Sauce Magazine, the Cielo offers the fabulous Dirty Diving Martini that’s a blend of Blue Pearl Vodka and olive juice, garnished with blue cheese stuffed olives. Want something a little more festive? Try out the Good Tidings – Hard Carving Martini containing pumpkin-infused vodka, Quadro and cranberry juice. During warmer weather, you can enjoy the view from the Sky Terrace, however reservations are highly recommended.
Gila Todd is a freelance writer living in the St. Louis area. Among her many interests are food and beverage. You can read more from Gila on Examiner.com.