Our Story

Derek Gamlin had more than 10 years experience working in St. Louis’ finest bars and restaurants, but envisioned owning a drinking establishment unlike any other in town. Derek convinced his brother, Lucas — who worked in the Portland, Oregon, bar scene — to join him in this exciting new venture. Combining Derek’s bold idea with Lucas’s West Coast genius, the Gamlin brothers opened Sub Zero Vodka Bar in the Central West End in 2004.

Of course, a chef was needed who could enhance the Gamlins’ vodka haven experience with amazing and flavorful food. They found that talent in sushi chef Vu Hoang, who had more than 15 years experience with the Ritz Carlton. Featuring a variety of fish delivered daily, fresh sushi is available until last call seven days a week.

Adding variety, a modern American burger menu was added in 2007. Selections include fresh burgers made with high-quality, hand-ground American Kobe beef, Black Angus beef, lamb and bison.

Since its inception, Sub Zero Vodka Bar has developed the most extensive drink list in the St. Louis area. In fact, only Sub Zero Vodka Bar can truthfully claim the LARGEST SELECTION OF VODKA IN THE COUNTRY.

Sub Zero Vodka Bar also features brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests can choose from a menu of sushi, featured entrees, egg dishes, waffles, pancakes, salads and sandwiches, as well as brunch cocktails such as signature screwdrivers, Bloody Marys and champagne cocktails.

Burger lovers can choose from an extensive variety of signature burgers. The menu also offers vegetarian options, such as the Southwest Veggie Burger.

Consistent innovation and new ideas have helped Sub Zero Vodka Bar gain national acclaim — USA Today even named Sub Zero Vodka Bar among its top vodka bars in the country. Our infamous Ice Bar attracts some of Hollywood’s greatest celebrities. Ever hear of Dan Aykroyd, George Clooney or Rob Riggle? What about Eddie Vedder, Sammy Hagar or Sting? We thought so. Sub Zero Vodka Bar has also played host to Andy Cohen, Carrot Top, Brett Hull, Lewis Black, Ezekiel Elliott and The Swon Brothers.

We’re honored to be included on St. Louis Magazine’s “A-List Best Burger” and “A-List Best Bar,” and excited to be featured on this list of 21 Missouri restaurants to visit before you die.

In 2016, Sub Zero Vodka Bar joined the Green Dining Alliance, a restaurant sustainability certification program of St. Louis Earth Day that works with area restaurants to reduce their environmental impact.