Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Shady Jack's Saloon bartender Jennifer Miranda. Part two, a Q&A with Miranda, will be posted tomorrow.
On an industrial stretch of North Broadway just beyond the Arch grounds sits the biker-bar destination known as Shady Jack's Saloon. Shady's isn't so much a bar as it is a self-contained universe. Giving a tour of the cavernous interior, bartender Jennifer Miranda points out a gift shop, a sunny tattoo parlor, a dog grooming studio and two event spaces "for things like baby showers."
The crowd "depends on the day," Miranda explains. "You get the young people who ride their crotch rockets, to the older people that have been riding for years and years and years, who are veterans -- grandma-and-grandpa style -- to your MCs, your clubs, couples...I mean, just such an array of people."
A lively crowd sits at a table with a bucket of beers while a man at the end of the bar orders a margarita, which Miranda mixes with a couple of unconventional add-ins, like orange juice and -- well, we won't spoil the surprise.
Click through to see a video of Jennifer Miranda mixing a margarita...
Shady Jack's Saloon 1432 North Broadway; 314-241-4644
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