by Nancy Stiles
St. Louis has been celebrating its 250th birthday all year, and the party is still going strong. On May 25 Eclipse (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-726-2222) and the Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar Boulevard; 314-721-1111) are gathering the city's best mixologists and bartenders for a birthday bash.
"I think it's just fun. We've been celebrating the 250th birthday of St. Louis with events throughout the year, and the Moonrise Hotel wanted to participate," owner and Loop developer Joe Edwards tells Gut Check. "What more fun way to do it than to bring together the city's best mixologists and do different periods of St. Louis."
There will be six different rooms throughout the restaurant and hotel, each with a different theme from St. Louis history. Jamie and Ted Kilgore of Planter's House will be manning the pre-Prohibition room with period cocktails (one of the Kilgores' specialties).
Jeff Moll of the Good Pie will be slinging Prohibition-era drinks in the Roaring Twenties room. Juniper's Joey Duepner and Cocktails Are Go!'s Beth Sorrell will be celebrating the history of Gaslight Square, while the Bartender's Guild's Matthew Obermark and Kyle Mathis of Taste will be in the World's Fair room. There's the future of St. Louis to consider, too -- BC's Kitchen's Justin Cardwell will be doing molecular mixology, and 4 Hands will be serving up some experimental brews. Even the famous Clydesdales will be making an appearance (outside, of course).
Leave it to Edwards to get that much talent into one party. He says most of them know each other through the Bartender's Guild. "It's really a great group where everybody supports everybody else in the spirit of building St. Louis into one of the great cities again," Edwards says. "So a lot of them talked and said, 'Let's do it!'"
There's no cover, but you can get a $45 VIP bracelet which is all-inclusive, from 6 p.m. to midnight. You can pick one up at any of the participating restaurants (Juniper, Taste, etc.) or online here.
"St. Louis is one of the richest cities in culture, I think, of any city in the county," Edwards says of hitting the 250 mark. "Way richer than anything west of the Mississippi and pretty much on par with Boston, New York and Philadelphia and ahead of almost everything in between."
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