If sugary cocktails, volcano-shaped barware and cheap grass skirts are what comes to mind when you hear the words "tiki bar," Travis Howard and Tim Wiggins want to change that.
The pair, who own and run the bar program at Retreat Gastropub, respectively, are bringing a new kind of tiki concept to the Central West End late this year. Their "sea and spirits" concept, Yellowbelly, will play with the nostalgic, rum-centric drinks that comprise the tiki genre, though they plan to do so in a way that is very much of the moment.Howard and Wiggins explain that they have been seeing this sort of concept pop up in other markets, but it has yet to hit St. Louis. "Modern cocktails bars are starting to get away from that really dark sort of thing," Howard explains. He adds that, while classic cocktails will always have their place, cocktail menus are lightening up, with modern versions of drinks like classic daiquiris.
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