Blood & Sand Rule No. 1: Wanna Flirt at the Bar? You'll Need Bartender Permission

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TJ Vytlacil of Blood & Sand
We snagged a copy of the guest "guidelines" for Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street), the members-only restaurant opened last Saturday by mixologists TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager.

Here's the very first rule on the list:
In the tradition of most upstanding drinking establishments, Members are expected to ask the bartender before approaching someone who's sitting at the bar.
Wow! Just to get into the restaurant, you must pay a $15-per-month membership fee (or be invited by someone who has). Thus you've already been screened once.

Why, then, if you wish to chat up a fellow member with whom you're unacquainted, must you be screened again?

Gut Check can't help but wonder how many adults will enjoy paying for the privilege of being treated like a pest...

We've got calls in to Vytlacil for a little background on the history of this practice and his reasons for adopting it.

In the meantime, take a look at the membership app below:
Blood & Sand Membership Application

Location Info

Blood & Sand

1500 St. Charles St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant


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22 comments
Nicholas Phillips
Nicholas Phillips

Readers, This was not meant as an in-depth review. Rather, it was a tartcommentary on a single rule at Blood & Sand, and thehighly-controlled environment the owners are experimenting with. Wereserve the right to make tart commentaries, whatever the subject,because that's what blogs are for. That said, Ihave nothing against Blood & Sand nor T.J. Vytlacil personally.If you'd like to read uniformly positive coverage of the new spaceand its owner on Gutcheck, click on the links below:

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.c...

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.c...

Rob
Rob

Well said Down Town Diner... I suppose it's too much to ask that Mr Phillips actually visit the place he so readily defaces. Journalist? Hack indeed.

This place is exactly the tonic downtown STL has been waiting for - if it's not your scene that's fine, but save your comments until you've experienced this place.

I for one will be a regular patron, the food is unbelievable - Chef Chris Bork is a rising star in this town and the cocktails are on par with the very best in the USA.

Downtown Diner
Downtown Diner

It's amazing to me how much hatred a little jealousy and envy can spawn.  You people are rediculous.  Sorry if you sleaze d!c4s can't take the fact that women will feel comfortable sitting at the bar, not having to worry about getting hit on my the STL branch of the Jersey Shore.The bottom line is that the food and service at B&S will be second to none, and all of you that don't go will be secretly wishing you could get off your self-loathing butts and come experience one of the best places in STL.  The membership guidelines mentioned above are structured as most fine cocktail bars in this country, and there's nothing offensive about it.  So put your cell phone down at dinner and enjoy the experience.

Eric, Red Moon closed b/c of piss poor management.  And why knock people down for trying something new, especially in a tough space.  Sure, 1500 St. Charles isn't prime real estate.  But here's an idea...support downtown growth rather than smear it with empty nonsense tied to a hack's post on the RFT.

This is, after all, the same guy who tried to tell us the Tribiano (sp?) family is a bunch of saints and the city is out to get them.  OKAY!  Fooled me!  Nick Phillips isn't worth the space he takes up on this blog.

Daughtcawm
Daughtcawm

I'm just not sure if there are enough pretentious assholes in our fair city to keep this place going. But if anyone can source them, T.J. can (and they have to pay for it.)

Eric
Eric

Isn't this where Red Moon was? That place was getting rave reviews and had no membership stipulation and still closed, presumably because St. Charles St. is in essence an extended alley and not a main street like Washington or Locust where people would be looking for a restaurant.

Works for Thaxton, I guess, but their bread and butter is wedding receptions anyway, so what's the deal?

Mike N.
Mike N.

I wonder what will open up in this spot three months from now after Blood & Sand closes.

Borg1027
Borg1027

What if I'm wearing a vintage vest and fat knotted tie?

Downtown Diner
Downtown Diner

I guess we, the public, often hold people paid for their journalist skills to a higher level than your run-of-the-mill yelper.  I guess the public should start looking in places other than the RFT for true journalism.

tj001
tj001

@Daughtcawm Nick......nice sign in name.  If I can keep people like you out then my place will be pretentious free for a long time coming.

Mary Griffin
Mary Griffin

I was at Blood and Sand this week and easily had the best experience I've ever had in a restaurant.  They were thoughtful, caring, and extremely attentive. The Thai BBQ pork sliders were unbelievable and every cocktail was absolutely perfect.  I'll be going back a lot.  There isn't a hint of pretentiousness.  You can tell they love their customers and love doing what they do.The author of this article and everyone else responding negatively clearly are so miserable with their lives that they need to waste their time spreading gossip and lies about something they've never experienced.  Thank you Blood & Sand for creating a new standard for quality and service!

Gtgd
Gtgd

Went to opening. Wow, it was fabulous! Great drinks and staff. Went again last night, the burger is fantastic!

Rob
Rob

What if you (Jack) had absolutely no idea what you are talking about?

TJ, Adam and Ted are not only friends but more importantly part of a rare breed in this town who actually follow their dreams and create experiences for the rest of us.

Take note; what have you done outside of your miserable blogging lately?

Rob
Rob

I wonder what inane comments you will be blogging 3 months from now. Oh wait... No one cares.

tj001
tj001

@Borg1027 Then you would look fantastic!

your mom's mom
your mom's mom

Yelp has had better (and more accurate) reviews than the RFT for 3 years running.

Dbag
Dbag

Good to see employees standing up for their place of business. Huzzah!

Selena
Selena

Really, a fantastic burger? $15 a month for a great burger? Get over yourselves and your stupid name

tj001
tj001

@Selena We are almost out of business with 1200 members!  Look for a going out of business sign soon.


Selena
Selena

Like the 14 Yelp reviews that were solicited BY the owners?  I wish them luck but with members like Downtown Diner, I can tell this place won't be around long.

Downtown Diner
Downtown Diner

Nope...I don't work there.  I am a proud member though...and also a member of the local media, which is why this gets under my skin.

Downtown Diner
Downtown Diner

Try 12 bucks. Less than you'd pay at a dozen places in town that thaw their frozen patties. Stupid name? Do you know why the name is blood and sand?

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