Banter and Cocktails at the Gin Room

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Travis Garner and Natasha Bahrami. | Courtesy of the Gin Room

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Cocktail-mixing competitions have been popping up lately. They bring talented mixologists from some of St. Louis' best bars together to see who can come up with the best new drinks. Natasha Bahrami has started an event at the Gin Room at Café Natasha (3200 South Grand Boulevard; 314-771-3411) to highlight St. Louis cocktail talent in a playful context. It's called Bartender Banter. "The concept behind the Bartender Banter series is to highlight the amazing talent in St. Louis, not from the bar they are working at, but independently to showcase the art and personality of each of these talented and rising bartenders and giving them a platform to creatively showcase their skills without restrictions," Bahrami explains.

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Where Are St. Louis' Most Underrated Cocktails?

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The Manhattan at Planter's House. | Jennifer Silverberg

Craft cocktails have come back in a big way in St. Louis. Talented bartenders are taking drinks to the next level at places like Planter's House and Taste. But there are bartenders in town who have been creating reliable, creative and interesting drinks for years. What bar or restaurant do you think has the most underrated cocktails in St. Louis, whether it be a great cocktail list, an old standard or a talented bartender?

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Drizly Alcohol Delivery Service Debuts in St. Louis

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Courtesy Drizly

Delivery services are already de rigeur in cities like New York and Chicago where not everyone has a car and it's insanely hard to carry a ton of stuff home (or, you know, if it's raining). St. Louis is catching up with companies like Grub Go and the Food Pedaler, but we have been severely lacking in the alcohol-delivery department. But not anymore: Drizly debuts its beer, wine and spirits delivery service in St. Louis today.

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Put a Bourbon Punch at the Center of Your Table This Thanksgiving

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Bourbon punch. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

For many, Thanksgiving is the holiday of friends and family reunited to share food and drink and fine fellowship. For others, the holiday is a stressful occasion marked by mediocre riffs on Betty Crocker mid-century classics and some very unsavory political discussions. In either case, strong drink is required.

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How to Make an Old But Still in Fashion #3 From Planter's House [VIDEO]

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The Old, But Still in Fashion #3 at Planter's House. | Charles Thomas

Old Fashioneds may be a classic drink, but they're anything not out of style. The Drunken Vegan visited cocktail oasis Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) last week to check out the menu of not one but ten varieties of Old Fashioneds. We asked bartender Travis Garner to show us how to make the Planter's House drink using Old Fitzgerald Bourbon, St, George Spiced Pear, Amaro Sibona, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and roasted rosemary.

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Exploring Cocktail Shrubs at the Good Pie

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Tasting shrubs with soda water. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

We're starting to see more and more cocktails around town that feature a curious ingredient: a shrub. At their most basic, shrubs are made from fruit, sugar and vinegar. They're not new -- Jerry Thomas' 1862 How to Mix Drinks or the Bon-Vivant's Companion includes recipes for four different varieties. But what exactly is a shrub, and why is it in your cocktail? The Drunken Vegan asked Jeffrey Moll Jr., head barman at the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-9221).

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Keeping the Old Fashioned in Fashion at Planter's House

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The "Old but Still in Fashion #3" | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

The Old Fashioned is a simple but satisfying combination of whiskey (usually bourbon or rye), sugar and bitters. Early versions contained all sorts of base liquors. The current cocktail list at Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603) pays homage to this classic with ten different takes on one of the oldest drinks in the book.

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Reinventing the Cocktail at Layla

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"No Apologies" | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

More and more bars and restaurants in St. Louis are offering carefully concocted cocktails. The challenge of these craft cocktails is staying true to the classics while remaining inventive in an increasingly crowded market. Tony Saputo, bar manager at Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252), strikes this balance nicely with his newest cocktail list.

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Warming Up with Whiskey-Based Cocktails at Small Batch

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"Pumpkin Spiced Old Fashioned" | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Fall cocktails are starting to make appearances all around St. Louis. When the temperature drops, the base liquor of choice is whiskey. What better place to taste new whiskey-based cocktails than Small Batch? Within the next couple of weeks, Small Batch Whiskey and Fare (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040) is releasing a new fall cocktail list. The Drunken Vegan sampled four of these new cocktails and, spoiler alert: They're all really good.

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Late-Night Deals at Mission Taco Joint

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So many tacos, so little time. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

Everyone loves tacos. What's better than a compact corn tortilla wrapped around your favorite protein, some tasty toppings and spicy sauce? Cheap tacos, that's what. And some cheap booze to go with them. Mission Taco Joint (both locations) has you covered. Every night it's open (Tuesday through Sunday), Mission serves $2 tacos and $2 shots from 10 p.m. to close.

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