The Bullock Room is a cocktail-centric bar located within the Planter’s House space. It’s an excellent spot to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail from its larger cocktail list or to adventurously enjoy whatever the barkeep recommends.
The Bullock Room is named after Tom Bullock, who was a bartender at the Saint Louis Country Club. Over the course of his career there, he served four American presidents and became known for his Mint Juleps. In fact, he is often heralded as the bartender that scandalized a president. While under oath, Teddy Roosevelt once admitted to drinking “just part of one julep”. It was promptly declared that he had to be lying, because no one could only drink a “part” of Tom Bullock’s julep. Mr. Bullock’s juleps were enticing enough that you would surely drink the entire cocktail. In addition to his fine career at the St. Louis Country Club, (where he served his mixed libations before, during, and after Prohibition) he became the first African American to write a cocktail book. In 1917, he published The Ideal Bartender. Mr. Bullock passed away in 1964, but his legacy lives on in the Bullock Room at Planter’s House.