When Extra Brut, the Champagne and sparking wine-only concept, closed its doors after a year and a half in Clayton, Jeremy Hogan and Ryan Miller stepped up to the plate. Partnering with Louie's Wine Dive owner Whitney VinZant (who also previously owned Extra Brut), they plan to open Bemiston Cocktail Club, a cocktail-focused late night bar in Clayton, as first reported by St. Louis Magazine.
Set to open in early April, the cocktail club will be neatly priced at $9 to $10 for base cocktails, with all beer and wine under $15. The bar will also offer a $5 can of Old Milwaukee and a shot of whiskey (titled #Bemmy) every day.
Hogan, the marketing coordinator for Bemiston, and Miller, the beverage director, says the goal of Bemiston Cocktail Club is to broaden the horizons of Extra Brut, offering a cozy, boozy late-night concept where people can come and relax.
"We want this place to be what the neighborhood needs it to be," Miller says. "We'll be listening to our guests and getting things in place to make everything as fun and successful as it can be."
Bemiston plans to offer four classic house cocktails including an Old Fashioned, Daiquiri, Dirty Martini and Gin-Gin, which is a hybrid between a Mojito and a Moscow Mule. Seasonal rotating cocktails include a Mint Julep called Trifecta with applejack, bourbon and rum; a Paloma with rose, grapefruit and tequila; and a take on a Piña Colada.
The smaller beer and wine menu will feature trendy IPAs and lagers as well as a rotating wine list, also available for $15 and under per glass. Small plates will offer twists on classic bar food like a chili dog with chorizo chili on a Hawaiian roll. Other options could include club sandwiches and tater tots.
In a switch from Extra Brut, Bemiston will offer walk-up service as opposed to table service to ensure that the quality of the drinks are up to par, as well as wait times.
"The whole idea is to make this more approachable and more open across the board," Miller says. "The service will be more lax. There will be less time waiting and more time enjoying the atmosphere."
Bemiston Cocktail Club will be open Friday through Saturday from 5pm to midnight, will an opportunity to be open even later in the future.
Bemiston Cocktail Club, 16 S. Bemiston Ave., Clayton, Missouri, facebook.com/BemistonCocktail