If variety is the spice of life, this feature is all the seasoning you need to add a little vim and vigor to your dinners out.
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There’s more to restaurants than food, and it often comes to your table via cocktail glasses. Learn about four spots that do drinks differently.
14| The J.O.B. Offers Rare Whiskey
The J.O.B. Public House
319 E. Walnut St., Springfield
In addition to its tasty menu that features cute little cubicle sandwiches, the J.O.B. Public House has quite the drink selection, including 240 whiskeys. One of the best features for whiskey aficionados: J.O.B. Public House offers the full line of Pappy Van Winkle’s bourbon whiskey, which is tough to find in 417-land. Arrive thirsty.
|Try it Now: J.O.B. currently offers two hand-selected 12-year single-barrel whiskeys: Four Roses and Elijah Craig.|
15| Farmers Has a Secret Drink Menu
431 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, 417-864-6994,
Farmers Gastropub specializes in farm-to-table fare and a tasty selection of British food (thanks to owner Bill Griffiths’ heritage). Another thing offered via Bill and his wife Christina (who co-owns the restaurant): a tasty wine and spirit selection. “We have wines and spirits off the menu that our regulars know about, and we are happy to place special orders,” Christina says.
|Extra-Secret Tip: Want to try the special spirits? Ask about the Griffiths’ wine cave on your next visit.|
16| Scotch & Soda has the State’s Third-Largest Scotch Menu
Scotch & Soda
310 S. Ave., Springfield
Scotch & Soda features a snazzy collection of classic cocktails with modern twists, and it recently introduced barrel-aged cocktails to its menu. Yes, it’s just what you’re thinking—a cocktail made in a massive quantity and aged in a barrel. Oh, and did we mention it also has the third largest Scotch collection in the state of Missouri?
|Hot News: Scotch & Soda is currently aging a Manhattan to serve for its one-year anniversary in October.|
17| Flo Makes Sampling Wine a Breeze
Flo Eatery & Wine Bar
2925 E. Battlefield Rd., Suite 105, Springfield
Why try one wine when you can try five? Flo Eatery & Wine Bar has an Enomatic Wine Serving System that’s capable of preserving wine for as long as four weeks. Thanks to that system, you can order wine in 1-, 3- and 6-ounce pours. Instead of one glass of vino, you can try three or four 1-ounce flights and sip your way through some new favorites. Enjoy.
Extra-Secret Tip: Want a change of scenery? Check out Flo’s patio, a hidden gem that’s tucked away between two buildings.