Snagging a table at popular St. Louis staple Russell’s on Macklind is no small feat – which is why locals rejoiced when chef-owner Russell Ping announced he’d be expanding the Southampton restaurant this past summer. Ping worked with SPACE Architecture + Design to renovate the space above the restaurant, formerly an apartment, to include 30 additional seats and room for private events.

The new upper level also features a full bar, allowing Russell’s to expand its wine and beer offerings – look for local options like 4 Hands Brewing Co., The Civil Life Brewing Co. and Schlafly Beer – and introduce a full cocktail menu. Choose from several classic cocktails, including an Old Fashioned, a Negroni, a Sazerac and a Martini, or one of Russell’s signature cocktails, which will rotate seasonally.

The latter includes options such as the Cranberry Smash, with bourbon-soaked cranberries, and the Gin-Soaked Sage, featuring ginger-infused simple syrup and sage liqueur. This winter, warm up with The Antidote – a hot toddy-esque cocktail made with scotch, Earl Grey tea, lemon, cloves and local honey.

The food menu, which focuses on approachable farm-to-table fare, hasn’t changed much, but Ping has added a few bar snacks to enjoy alongside the new drinks. Grab a glass of wine or a cocktail and nosh on a few finger-friendly plates like roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled bread or cheese puffs.

Russell’s on Macklind, 5400 Murdoch Ave., Southampton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.553.9994, russellscafe.com