$20 for $40 Towards Door Cover and Drinks at Thaxton Speakeasy

Downtown St. Louis

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Prohibition-style bar features live music and DJs and pours drinks that include homemade moonshine and bathtub gin

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Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 21 or older. Subject to availability, please check website with calendar for availability. Please show Groupon upon arrival at the door for redemption. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $20 for $40 Value Toward Door Cover and Drinks ($40 value)

Alcohol Proof: Of Taxation and Libations

Check out Groupon’s guide to alcohol proof to learn the reasoning behind the way a drink’s potency is measured.

Different drinks pack different punches depending on how much they’ve been fermented and distilled—and the way that alcohol content is measured differs depending on where it’s made. The typical lager contains 4–5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and the typical whiskey or vodka rings in at 40% ABV, but spirits are more commonly measured in proof and chest-hair growth. In America, the typical whiskey is 80 proof—double the ABV percentage when measured at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, the standard proof equals 100, on a scale that ranges from 0 to a theoretical 200. (In reality, not all water and barley tears can be distilled out of ethanol, making the maximum distilled spirit 191 proof).

The French scale, on the other hand, uses 100% ABV as 100 proof and 100% water as 0 proof—which would seem to be more straightforward. In fact, the apparent arbitrariness of the American system stretches back to the tax laws of 16th-century England. In those days, liquors were taxed according to the amount of alcohol they contained. To measure this, officials would soak a pellet of gunpowder in the liquor and put a flame to it. If the pellet burned steadily with a blue flame, it was considered “proof;” if it failed to burn, it would be considered underproof—likely watered down—and if it burned out quickly, it was overproof. “Proof,” it turns out, was roughly 57.1% ABV—roughly the same as a typical English 100-proof liquor today. Simplifying that system gave the United States its current double-sized scale.

Thaxton Speakeasy

Prohibition may be over, but Thaxton Speakeasy honors that strange time with secret passwords and throwback drinks that resurrect that underground appeal. The bar embraces the modern times while nodding to the olden days, and the result is a trendy underground cellar with funky lighting and well-crafted cocktails made from housemade moonshine and bathtub gin. Thaxton regularly hosts DJs and dance parties, and offers a weekly password on its website that, when whispered to the doorman, will yield you a discount on admission.

Customer Reviews

The band was great & the bartenders were awesome!!
Tami B. · June 10, 2016
What a fun place! Make sure you go on a live music night.
Denise D. · February 26, 2016
We had a terrific time at Thaxton Speakeasy. So much fun, great music, great drinks, great dancing.
Dee M. · February 26, 2016
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    Downtown St. Louis

    1009 Olive Street

    Saint Louis, MO 63101

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