Welcome to The Commodore's Bootleggers Club

The Commodore has a long history with the local distillery trade. Rumor has it that this place ran a very popular speakeasy during Prohibition, attracting everyone from notorious gangsters to celebrities. As a nod to our roots—and in appreciation for our (now totally legal) partnerships with local distillers, The Commodore proudly presents:



The Commodore’s annual Bootlegger Awards honor a few select local distilleries who stood apart from the pack. The awards are determined via input from management, bartenders, and guests, and are based on a combination of guest feedback, sales, blind tastings, and which spirits make our craft cocktails so good they should be illegal.

Not a distiller? You can still feel like an award winner. Each year, we host four Bootlegger events, and they’re open to the public. (That means you!)

The January event highlights the previous year’s winners and features the announcement of the new winners. At each event, we feature custom cocktails featuring the award winners.

Each event is themed and includes costume contests, food, and—of course—spirits. All attendees receive a BOGO voucher to our sister restaurant W.A. Frost.


Want to really feel like a winner?

Join the Bootleggers Passport Club. Passports are valid for 12-months from the date of purchase.

Annual membership includes:

  • Discounted rates to Bootlegger events
  • Free appetizer when showing your passport (one per month)
  • $2 off any signature cocktail when showing the passport to your server (one discount per visit)
  • 10% room nights at Hotel 340
  • Waived application fee at the Saint Paul Athletic Club
  • Distillery tours.  Have your passport stamped during each visit to one of our distiller tasting rooms as well as the Commodore-sponsored events.  Receive your 2019 passport free if you receive a stamp from all 2018 winners
  • Access to first runs of small batches from our featured distillers - a unique premium
  • As a club member, you can also call ahead to reserve lounge seating if the dining room is reserved

Bootleggers Passport How To:

Step One:
Purchase your passport online or in person at our restaurant

Step Two:
Register your passport online, or in person at our restaurant

Step Three:


2018 Bootlegger Winners