The Libertine is a place dedicated to the honest experience of a great meal.
When you come to The Libertine we hope you can spend some time with us and experience what’s inspiring us that day as we deliver the things we’re most passionate about. We hope you come with a curious spirit ready to experience what our decadent version of a neighborhood eatery is all about.
Helmed by proprietors Nick & Audra Luedde The Libertine is a re-imagined neighborhood eatery that serves decadent yet ingredient driven food to the surrounding community and beyond. Chef Samantha Mitchell backed by an All-Star culinary team displays her culinary acumen with offerings dedicated to the bounty available to her throughout the Midwest — Bread is baked daily, desserts are homemade and there are always new and rousing creations on the menu.
The wine list features a diverse selection of small production & boutique wines with an emphasis on sustainable & bio-dynamic farming practices. With creativity, quality and affordability as hallmarks, the ever changing wine list is a proverbial playground for the novice and the expert alike.
At The Libertine beer receives its respect due. The team at the Libertine have selected a myriad of seasonally changing unique craft ales and brews representing different brewing styles from St. Louis and the globe over. At The Libertine, a brew isn’t just a brew, it’s an experience.
The cocktail menu at The Libertine returns one back to the very roots of what it once meant to enjoy a truly great drink. With an extensive & meticulously stocked bar, The Libertine’s offerings are anything but typical. Barkeep extraordinaire Ben Bauer has crafted a menu comprised of modernized parlor cocktails prepared completely from scratch. Taking pride in the creation of a cocktail menu filled with fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers, housemade cordials, bitters, and tinctures, and freshly squeezed nectars all prepared with the whimsy and precision required to hearken one back to those times of yesteryear when merrymaking was more than just a drink, it was an art form.
In essence, The Libertine exists as a union of all that one loves about their favorite watering hole: ease, warmth & simplicity; with a focus on the reasons one loves to eat in great restaurants – creativity, quality & flavor.
Evoking a way of life centered on seasonality and the grand traditions of St. Louis life —The Libertine is a neighborhood gathering place for family, friends, and friends-to-be. The Libertine’s inventive yet approachable dining menu, the from scratch cocktails, craft ales & extensive wine selection all exist as a beautiful expression of The Libertine Team’s vast experience practiced throughout Chicago, New York City & St. Louis in delivering the guest a comfortable, yet unforgettable dining experience.
NICK LUEDDE | PROPRIETOR
Nick Luedde is a native of St. Louis, Missouri (He went to Kirkwood High School if you were wondering) and is a veteran Sommelier, Beverage Director, General Manager and Director of Operations of award winning restaurants and bars throughout Chicago, St. Louis and New York City for over 20 years. Luedde, a published author and poet, found a second calling as a restaurateur establishing his one-of-a-kind way at some of the nations most exclusive restaurants and bars, becoming a fixture in Chicago and the national culinary & bar scene at large. Luedde’s passion, creativity and commitment continue today. Nick is back home in St. Louis, Missouri with his best friend, partner and loving wife Audra & his sons Miles & Luke, at the helm of The Libertine.
AUDRA LUEDDE | PROPRIETOR
Hailing from farm country in Central Illinois, Audra grew up in a large family where the culture of food and drink was a staple in and of itself. It was because of this large family, and the characters and appetites that come with it, that Audra first fell in love with the lush simplicity that is great cooking, with of course a little help from her grandmother’s Lola and Anne along the way. Audra, upon attending Illinois State University, found her way to Chicago, where she began her career first as a bartender and later sommelier in some of the Windy City’s most prestigious wine bars and lounges—still as much as Audra loved wine she still found herself longing nostalgic about those days back home in her Grandmother’s kitchen, watching her large family devour those home cooked meals.
This longing soon got the best of her and before too long Audra found herself graduating as a Master Chef from the nationally acclaimed Kendall College for the culinary arts, working alongside her husband at the award winning The Tasting Room in Chicago. Today, after traveling the world and several restaurants later, Audra’s culinary adventure has brought her to the helm of The Libertine in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s here that Audra enjoys the opportunity to share with her guests that same lush simple food that she fell in love with as a girl, and maybe just one or two of those tricks she learned from her grandmother’s along the way
BEN BAUER | BEVERAGE DIRECTOR
The Libertine resident Beverage Guru & Mad Scientist, Ben Bauer was born, raised and resides in the Midwest but he finds himself at home anywhere there is an open seat and a shot of Fernet. For Ben the restaurant & bar industry is not a job – it’s a lifestyle and in what little free time he chooses to spend outside of The Libertine, Ben likes to research new drink ideas, perfect his bar techniques, or go explore what other bars & restaurants have to offer. Ben originally found himself at the Libertine with its opening in May 2013 and is excited to now hold the position of Beverage Director. .