07 Crafted


Located in Tower Grove East, Crafted (3200 Shenandoah Avenue, 314-865-3345) is that rare establishment where the Bar Rescue pixie dust really worked — perhaps because it never needed that much rescuing in the first place. Jon Taffer’s 2016 visit transformed Van Goghz Martini Bar & Bistro into Crafted, a neighborhood favorite offering cocktails that are served in a French press. The gimmick is probably not necessary, but it is a lot of fun, and the combinations the bartenders have concocted are so tasty, we’d drink them out of a red Solo cup if that’s what Crafted was utilizing. In addition to that, Crafted offers a well-executed menu of bar food that’s much more creative than you normally see in south city — think edamame ravioli, flash-fried brussels sprouts and goat cheese balls. The place also serves an excellent brunch.

Photo courtesy of Crafted Staff