Rejoice, spooky-loving St. Louisans: We have a Halloween-themed pop-up bar. For the next two weeks, stepping into The Hideout at 210 N. Euclid will feel like you have an invite to an exclusive Halloween party.
Tim Wiggins and Travis Howard of On Point Hospitality‘s Retreat Gastropub and Yellowbelly have transformed their recently opened private event space in the back of the latter into a haunted drinking den. Named Corpse Reviver (in honor of the pre-Prohibition cocktail used to help with hangovers), the beach-themed space is instead adorned with cobwebs, creepy crawlers, and plenty of eerie decorations.
From now until November 2, the pop-up will seat the living on a first-come, first-serve basis from 6 p.m. until midnight (parties of more than six are limited because of the space’s size).
In a release, Wiggins called the bar “over-the-top. You’ve seen these pop-up bar experience for other holidays, but we want to celebrate all things spooky and cool for the Halloween season.”
It’s true. Sitting at one of the Corpse Reviver’s tables means an eyeball might just peek back at you from a black rose–filled vase. The whole bar is cast in hues of orange and purple from light fixtures above. The walls are outfitted in spiderwebs, skulls in every direction, and historic-looking photographs that become a bit scarier upon further inspection. Horror movies, such as Children of the Corn and Killer Clowns from Outerspace are projected onto a wall accompanied by what can only be described as spooky trap music, with playlists like “Trap or Treat” and “Haunted Tiki” bubbling out of the speakers.
The beverage menu, developed by Wiggins and the Yellowbelly team over the past few months, follows suit, with names as fun as they are creepy. Of the options, the Ghost Malone—with Rieger vodka, pineapple, coconut, lime, almond, ginger beer, “coco-caine” dust, and of course, a face tattoo pinned to the side—is reminiscent of a Moscow Mule. Other concoctions include Blood Moon, the Oaxacan Dead, and the Killer Candy Corn from Outer Space. The Numbskull Punch, served in a black skull, mixes Banjjez mezcal with Duckett Blue rhum, and Aperol.
Perhaps the best moniker is Death by a Lawnmower, a sip of Rieger gin, angoverna, pumpkin seed orgeat, and lemon. And the most classic? Hocus Pocus, a non-alcoholic drink that pairs pumpkin seed orgeat, pineapple, coconut, and lime. In addition, the bar offers Yellowbelly pale ale, white and red wine, as well as shots called the “blue pill” or the “red pill.” One dollar per drink sold will be donated to Missouri’s ACLU.
Festive drinks are best paired with festive snacks: Corpse Reviver’s shareables hail from Yellowbelly pastry chef and baker MJ Stewart and include pumpkin gooey butter cake, sour gummy worms, and buckeye balls. But the real treat might just be spending a night at the Halloween hangout of our dreams.
The full cocktail menu
- Ghost Malone ($12): Rieger vodka, pineapple, coconut, almond, lime, ginger beer, “coco-caine” dust with a face tattoo
- Are You Afraid of the Dark? ($12): Rieger gin, Averna, Curacao noir, Jamaican rum, molasses, ginger, and lemon
- PSL ($12): Rieger whiskey, Caffè Amaro, pumpkin, maple, cream, lemon, and nutmeg
- Blood Moon ($12): Rieger gin, Campari, blood orange wine, blood orange soda, and cava
- Oaxacan Dead ($12): Banhez mezcal, Aperol, carrot, red wine grenadine, lime, balsamic, and mole bitters
- Cookie Monster ($12): Espolon blanco, cream sherry, ancho chile, walnut shortbread cookie, and bitters
- Boonana Painkiller ($12): Duckett Blue & Gold rhums, banana puree, coconut cream, salt, and lime
- Killer Candy Corn From Outer Space ($12): Old Forester bourbon, J. Rieger & Co. vodka, “candy corn” amaro and walnut bitters
- Skeleton Swizzle ($12): Jamaican & Bajan rums, strawberry rhum, passionfruit, allspice, grenadine, and lime
- Death by Lawnmower ($12): Rieger gin, angoverna, pumpkin seed orgeat, and lemon
- Numbskull Punch ($34): Banhjez mezcal, Duckett Blue rhum, Aperol, blood orange, strawberry, pineapple, coconut cream, and lime
- Grim Creeper Punch ($32): Old Forester bourbon, Curacao noir, Campari, ginger apple cider, and lemon
- Hocus Pocus ($10): Non-alcoholic with pumpkin seed orgeat, pineapple, coconut, and lime