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While not a restaurant per se, 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar hosts the "Dorm Room," a monthly series in which a noted local chef cooks a multicourse dinner using only the tools available to the average dorm-dwelling college student: toaster oven, microwave, hot plate. The results are wildly creative and always enjoyable. Seating for "Dorm Room" dinners is very limited. Call for details on upcoming chefs and securing a spot. During regular hours, 33 offers a small but well-curated selection of cheeses and salami to pair with your wine or beer.
My wife & I just love this place.
In addition to having the best wines in town they got us into fine scotch also.
The employees really make this place so good, always helpful with great suggestions and never snooty or stuffy.
Americans love wines that feature animals on the label. Penguins, kangaroos, frogs — it doesn't matter what the animal is, really, as long as the logotype is distinctive. Some of those wines are OK. A lot of them suck. But you can't blame us for being drawn toward the cute and cuddly. Wine is an intimidating subject. Have you ever tried to memorize all the different Bordeaux growths? Thankfully, the fine folks at Lafayette Square's 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar aren't the least bit intimidating. Knowledgeable? Absolutely. But it is the sort of knowledge expressed through deferential questions and — especially through owner Jake Hafner's legendary tasting notes in 33's menu — self-deprecating humor. Not sure what wine you want to buy? Jake or one of his assistants might offer you a sample of a wine currently being served by the glass, both as a potential purchase and as a baseline to describe other wines. Whatever you choose, you will head home with wine already at the perfect serving temperature. A small detail, but much more worthy of your attention than another gosh-darn penguin.
Gut Check loves us some wine. Yesterday was National Wine Day, and let's just say we did the holiday proud. Aside from guzzling glasses of grape, we, on occasion, like to read about wine, too. Imagine... More »
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An able St. Louisan who doesn't indulge in the occasional craft brew is nearly as blasphemous as a vegetarian in Memphis. (Although we commend the willpower of each.) And with our city's grandiose com... More »
Selecting Riverfront Times' Best of St. Louis 2011 was no picnic. Choosing the winner meant several worthy candidates would go unmentioned -- until now. In this RFT Music series, we're beeboping and s... More »
Though a wine bar by name, 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar has always done right by beer. Indeed, original owner Jake Hafner is now opening a craft brewery, the Civil Life Brewing Company, in Tower Grove South. Dylan Mosley is the head brewer at the Civil Life, and for many years the beer list at 33 -- as the place is known to regulars -- was his responsibility. The list that Mosley built features numerous examples of the American craft-beer boom of recent years, but it also... More »
No, there isn't a sign. No, the website hasn't been updated -- well, ever. But these details are neither indicative of sloth nor a hipster ploy. Instead, owner Jeff Stettner and his talented staff of Dylan Mosley and Mike Bianco are so focused on providing outstanding hospitality to their customers and riding herd over the 700 wines on their list that things not absolutely essential to the wine-drinking experience fall by the wayside. The result is a relaxing yet engaging opportunity to... More »
When Jake Hafner announced in January of this year that he was selling his Lafayette Square wine bar, St. Louis oenophiles panicked: Would 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, bereft of its guiding spirit, become one more characterless spot selling whatever plonk distributors were trying to offload that week? Thankfully, new owner Jeff Stettner is a kindred soul to both Hafner and 33's many devoted fans, and he continues to curate a wine list that offers something for everybody -- including... More »
Americans love wines that feature animals on the label. Penguins, kangaroos, frogs -- it doesn't matter what the animal is, really, as long as the logotype is distinctive. Some of those wines are OK. A lot of them suck. But you can't blame us for being drawn toward the cute and cuddly. Wine is an intimidating subject. Have you ever tried to memorize all the different Bordeaux growths? Thankfully, the fine folks at Lafayette Square's 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar aren't the least bit... More »
Notes from a wine sociopath, as written by 33 owner Jake Hafner (this year's Best Bartender), reprinted (without permission) from his four-year-old wine shop's fifteen-page wine/beer/cheese list: -- "We have over 600 wine selections on our extended wine list.... Wines are stored at 55 degrees, according to principles taught in my first wine class." -- "Riesling has long been the Rodney Dangerfield of grapes: "It gets no respect.' May you rest in peace, Rodney." -- "In the left... More »
It's sleek, it's urban -- but best of all, Jake Hafner's experiment in bringing a tasting room to Lafayette Square lets you sit and quaff any over-$20 at a café table for the same price you'd pay if you took it home (which you can do, because the place is a retail wine store as well. Under-$20 wines have a $5 corkage fee added to drink them on the premises.). Hafner, a certified sommelier, has about 150 distinct choices available, most in the affordable range but also including... More »
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