The Whiskey Room is a grand slam for Opening Day
The venue offers more than 400 whiskey options to enjoy with Clark & Bourbon's seasonal cocktails and new spring dishes.
BY DENISE MUELLER
Looking for the ideal setting to toast the return of baseball? Whiskey lovers need not look far from Busch Stadium.
Situated inside the Live! By Loews Hotel, across from the ballpark, Clark & Bourbon (799 Clark) offers a baseball-inspired vibe, a seasonal menu, and a space devoted to spirits. For whiskey lovers, the crowning jewel is The Whiskey Room, a semi-private, club-like venue that offers more than 400 options. The well-curated whiskey library spans pages, listing a worldly scope of blended bourbons, straight bourbons, rye and wheated whiskeys from Tennessee, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and beyond. The menu features a robust selection of both small-batch label expressions and age statements. The restaurant also buys a barrel each year from such partners as Ezra Brooks and Templeton. The spirits can be served neat or on one of the large cubes, in a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. Need help deciding? Talk to an on-site whiskey pro.
The hotel’s self-described “laid back luxury” welcomes you in a baseball-inspired grand foyer, and continues as you enter Clark & Bourbon, open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner, Late Night, a theme carried out in subtleties throughout the dining room and lounge. Clark & Bourbon is well-staged for happy hour parties large and small, as well as for late night groups after a concert or baseball game. Take the “Bullock Express'' elevator up to rooftop venue The Bullock, an outdoor space overlooking Together Credit Union Plaza, adjacent to Busch Stadium, with a 15-foot LED screen that hosts post-game broadcasts, game-day specials, and live music.
Photography by Denise Mueller
Spring Cocktails & More
The windows behind the Clark & Bourbon bar open to the street plaza beyond.
Clark & Bourbon Old Fashioned: This classic cocktail is made with Angel’s Envy bourbon and a cube etched with the restaurant's name.
Beets & Bubbly: This beet and orange juice mimosa is made from fresh juice provided by St. Louis Juice Press.
Summer at the Ballpark: Perfect pairing for a lunch on the patio, this bright orange beauty is both fruity and refreshingly herbal.
Bleacher Bliss: An elevated “gin and juice” cocktail with top notes of blueberry and rosemary oils.
Clark & Bourbon also offers a curated wine list curated by certified sommelier Robert Etter, director of outlets. The 25 wines by the glass and expansive bottle list complement the modern new American steakhouse concept, with a focus on American wines, as well as Old World, classic offerings. And, of course, the restaurant offers a wide range of beers, including Flavor by Live! by Loews partners 4 Hand Brewing Co. and Anheuser-Busch.
Chef Matt Lange has created a Spring Menu, with dishes made from ingredients sourced from select vendors, such as Sixty South Salmon, Joyce Farms, Creekstone Farms, and Slagel Family Farm.
Tomahawk For Two: The black angus is simply seared and sliced from the bone.
Lavender Roasted Duck Breast: The duck is served with kimchi fried rice, Luxardo cherries, and a drizzle of cherry syrup and duck jus
Sixty South Salmon: This salmon fillet, served over a bed of lentils and crispy bacon lardons, brings an umami bomb, highlighted by a misoyaki glaze (fish sauce and soy sauce) and a flair of acidity from whiskey-compressed green apples.
Marinated Beets: This standout side is served over whipped goat cheese mousse and topped with madeira plumped golden raisins and pickled fresno chiles. (Other sides include grilled asparagus with preserved Meyer lemon and a soft pillow of finely shredded stravecchio cheese, as well as spiced honey–glazed heirloom carrots.
Read the full article in St. Louis Magazine.