Author: Emma Chapman,Local (Springfield MO),

The Golden Girl Rum Club The Golden Girl Rum Club entranceSome of you might remember when I announced that I was starting a new business with Trey and a few friends in our hometown, Springfield, MO. We had just bought a very brown building and had plans to fill it with a bar! A few weeks ago we officially opened The Golden Girl Rum Club, and I am SOOOO excited to give you a little virtual tour today. 

Golden girl rum club before and afterHere's a before and after peek of our space. 

So many things changed – where do I even begin! We added another bathroom, a kitchen, a bar, back bar storage, a second (emergency) exit, a garage door, lots of tile, wallpaper, a neon sign, tables, chairs, and everything in between (like plumbing, electrical, drywall, etc.). Our building is located on our city's square and therefore is quite old, so it got a major facelift this year – it feels so fresh and new now.

The Golden Girl Rum Club  The Golden Girl Rum Club The Golden Girl Rum Club best new bars The Golden Girl Rum Club back bar cupsThe Golden Girl Rum Club record playerThe Golden Girl Rum Club Springfield MO The Golden Girl Rum Club best midwest barsI love SO much about our bar, but I wanted to point out just a few details on the tour. First up, our "Endless Summer" neon light. 

The Golden Girl Rum Club wallpaper and neonOriginally we had planned to install this above the backbar. But it ended up making more sense on this wall that you see when you walk in the front door. I had already picked out wallpaper for this space. And I think the two ended up looking really cool together, even though that wasn't what we had planned. 

The Golden Girl Rum Club endless summerIn case you're curious, our wallpaper is Brazilliance from Dorothy Draper. It was installed by Robbie and her team at CoverGirls. If you are in Springfield, MO and need a pro wallpaper hanger, Robbie is THE gal. I don't think she has a website, but email me and I'll give you her number ([email protected]). 

The Golden Girl Rum Club pineapple tileAnother fun detail is this pineapple guy we installed toward the back (towards the bathrooms and kitchen). We kept the concrete floors and chose to just seal them, but the back of the building had this kind of faux wood linoleum that we replaced with mostly white hexagon tile and then this little pineapple guy. 

It's for shoe pics. Obviously. 

The Golden Girl Rum Club Daniel Zender original painting The Golden Girl Rum Club Zender paintingAnother really fun detail is this original painting from a very talented friend, Daniel Zender. It's so fun, right?! And it only gets better in the dark. ;)

The Golden Girl Rum Club Rogan Howitt menu design The Golden Girl Rum Club cocktail menu The Golden Girl Rum Club spirit menu The Golden Girl Rum Club food menuSpeaking of talented designers, check out our menu that Rogan put together. He not only created our logo and menu, he also crafted many of the original cocktails that we serve.

Yeah, he's pretty cool I guess.

The Golden Girl Rum Club pinsHe also designed these pins (with our logo). And yes, we sell them at the bar too.

The Golden Girl Rum Club owner Josh Widner The Golden Girl Rum Club the itch cocktail with backscratcher The Golden Girl Rum Club banana manThe other mastermind behind many of our cocktails and the business as a whole is Josh Widner. Luckily Josh was around when we were shooting these pictures so he threw together a few of my favorite drinks for you to see. 

Almost every night that I am at the bar someone will ask me what my favorite drink on our menu is. And it's SUCH a tough question because I sincerely like every single one of them. And yes, I have tried all of them. 

The Golden Girl Rum Club Holy Sh*t Jaws in 3DSo even though I don't think I can pick just one favorite, I must admit I'm pretty crazy for this one, which is called Holy Sh*t Jaws in 3D. Yes, it comes in a shark mug so it's already pretty epic. But it's also got some pretty amazing flavors going on including green chartreuse, which is very herby and really complex tasting.

It's weird. I like it.  

The Golden Girl Rum Club downtown Springfield MO The Golden Girl Rum Club owner Emma ChapmanYou might be thinking, why did you guys install a garage door? Well, this spring we plan to expand a little by adding an outdoor patio area, pretty much exactly where you see me walking in the above photo. We will then be able to open the garage door and people can spill out into the patio area without ever leaving the bar. I'll share some pics when it's finished.

Thank you SO much to everyone who has already come out to check out The Golden Girl Rum Club these past few weeks. We have been so excited to see the great response we've gotten so far. We've even had a few groups drive hours to come check us out, and for that I am immensely grateful. 

If you haven't come out yet, dude, where have you been? We serve lunch from 11-2p and dinner and/or drinks from 5p-1a Tuesday to Saturday currently, but you can always check our website, Facebook, or Instagram for updates. xx. Emma, Trey, and the GG team

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy and Rogan Howitt.


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