Review Preview: Gamlin Whiskey House

Gamlin Whiskey House | Mabel Suen

Brothers Lucas and Derek Gamlin of SubZero Vodka Bar fame turn their sights to whiskey and steaks at Gamlin Whiskey House (236 North Euclid Avenue; 314-875-9500). Bourbons, Scotches, ryes and whiskeys, served in every way imaginable, are the name of the game, but there's more to Gamlin than the booze. The pair joined forces with chef Ivy Magruder, formerly of Vin de Set, to create a hearty, bourbon-themed menu that is made for hardcore carnivores.

See Also: Gamlin Whiskey House Debuts Whiskey Sommelier and Tastings in Central West End.

I braved the great snowmageddon of 2014 to warm up with some stiff drinks and stick-to-the-ribs food at Gamlin. Here is a sneak preview of my thoughts -- the full review will be online tomorrow and in this week's issue.

It was the evening before the great snowmageddon. The sky had that ominous steely color to it -- the one that signals the approach of a major weather event -- and the city was filled with nervous energy. I wouldn't normally go out under such conditions, but felt that, if this was the end, I'd like my last meal to be more than a bowl of cereal or some leftover fried rice. I had a choice. I could join the frantic throngs at the grocery store to stock up on bread, milk and eggs, then rush home to binge-watch the Weather Channel. Or I could drink whiskey.

Gamlin Whiskey House, the brainchild of brothers Lucas and Derek Gamlin of SubZero Vodka Bar fame, is exactly the type of place a gal would want to spend her last night on earth. It's stocked to the rafters with quality booze, unapologetically meat-driven and offers a cozy spot for people-watching when the stuff hits the fan. Chef Ivy Magruder, formerly of Vin de Set, crafted the bourbon-themed menu and the result is a restaurant that is straight out of Cigar Aficionado -- hearty, masculine and full of things that will take years off of one's life. Since we were all about to die in a polar vortex anyway, this last fact mattered little.

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Gamlin Whiskey House

236 North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

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Gregory Bosch
Gregory Bosch

I do think it is worth a trip now and then. The portion sizes and prices where comparable to other places I have been. There are three different drink menus. One for wine, one for cocktails and of course with blends, bourbons, scotches, etc. while I get the manliness of drinking whiskey neat I generally like a little ice on the side. A little water at times is required to bring out the best in the older stuff.

Alex Lee
Alex Lee

"Served every way imaginable," isn't the only way to drink bourbon or whiskey is neat? Def if it's high quality lol

Ryan Stufft
Ryan Stufft

Good, but the price for the quality of food they serve and the quantity they give is off by at least 15%. Their cocktails are heavily iced down too @$10/ea. Nice atmosphere and their menu has a lot of potential. They just need to tweak the prices or offer more food at the cost they charge.

Cheryl Heiney Meyer
Cheryl Heiney Meyer

Daniel Amsden, this looks like a good place for you and Jimmy to hang out!

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