Why does Stone Turtle offer so many whiskies? Maybe it’s the mathematical economics degree from bar owner and manager Nick Funke. Quantitatively and qualitatively speaking, the number is impressive, with more than 100 selections. Offerings include Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, American, Rye, and International (leaning heavily toward Japan, with a dash of Canadian), as well as limited releases that are available until while stocks last. Le Petit Livre Ch. 5 “The Invitation” limited edition from Clermont, Kentucky, seems an appropriate summons to discover this gastropub. Consider visiting on a Monday evening when many other places are closed. 6335 Clayton.
What started as a small wine shop and tasting room with charcuterie boards is now a full-scale restaurant with a large patio and an even larger bar program, featuring over 80 whiskeys. There are so many bottles that there is a dedicated “whisky wall” behind the bar. For those who prefer whiskey in a cocktail, try the Bygone Age, a concoction of bourbon, orange, calvados, aquavit, blackcurrant, rosemary and cardamom. The elegant drink echoes the elegant atmosphere. 5634 Telegraph.
Industry veterans Zach and Mary Rice recently opened Black Sheep just south of Tower Grove Park and next door to Mama 2’s Biscuits, a Southern cookie brunch, in the space once occupied by 3 Monkeys. The carefully curated whiskey menu includes over 50 offerings, with something for everyone. Pours are available in three sizes, making them the perfect place to try something new. (Consider Suntory Toki if you’ve never drunk Japanese whiskey.) 3153 Morgan Ford.
Of the five Salt + Smoke locations, Ballpark Village has the largest selection of specialty and harder-to-find whiskeys, thanks to the large number of business people and tourists around the stadium. When demand is high, so is supply when it comes to alcohol distribution. Beverage manager Jordan Greenwood explained that due to demand, Salt + Smoke is able to source unique bottles, such as the New Riff 6 Year Malted Rye and Leopold Brothers Three Chamber Rye. Blanton’s and WhistlePig also remain top sellers. Enjoy stunning views of Busch Stadium from the restaurant’s terrace while sipping one of the more than 150 whiskeys on the menu. 501 Clark.