Whiskey is America’s oldest spirit and just about every city has a bar with a particularly great selection. Here are my choices for America’s best whiskey bars.
Miami – Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
At Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, the focus is on American comfort food and whiskey. It serves the most extensive selection of bourbon and rye in southern Florida. The strong list also features small batch American bourbon from highly sought after distilleries and features a flight of unique and rare whiskeys, as well as house made seasonal infusions and an inventive cocktail program that highlight American whiskey and farm fresh ingredients. Go for the Michter’s 20-year bourbon, a rare treat.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, Florida 33139
New York – Leave Rochelle Out of It
Often drinking whiskey is a casual affair and this lower east side Manhattan bar is a perfect example of such. Aptly named after a woman Creative Directors Brett David and Stephen Yorsz had mutually “dated,” this bar has a don’t-take-yourself-too-seriously vibe. A wonderful spot for an after work drink or a meetup with friends, Rochelle’s features whiskey in a number of ways, from their whiskey-focused cocktail menu to flight nights highlighting whiskey from around the world. But one of the biggest draws is the beer and a shot, featuring a Miller High Life split and a shot of the whiskey of the week.
205 Chrystie St., New York, New York 10002
Las Vegas – Delmonico Steakhouse
With more than 700 selections from nine different countries, Delmonico’s in Las Vegas is one of the largest and most diverse whiskey collections in America handpicked by bar master Juyoung Kang. For the whiskey enthusiast, the restaurant boasts 18 unique flight options, guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning of guests. Should you decide to plan a visit, get excited by reviewing their online book of whiskey where you can review their entire catalogue and preplan your whiskey selection in advance. Or try the famous 1876 Centennial Exposition cocktail featuring Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, lemon juice, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and chamomile and lavender-infused Chartreuse.
The Venetian, 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas Nevada, 89109
Los Angeles - Seven Grand
Opened in 2007, Seven Grand came onto the downtown Los Angeles scene by storm and boasts one of the largest selections of premium whiskey in the West. Seven Grand is home to the Whiskey Society, a private members club that provides an opportunity to explore whiskey through education, tasting and unique experiences, including meet and greets with the master distillers of famous whiskey houses. Then in 2014, Seven Grand opened Bar Jackalope, an 18-seat Japanese whiskey bar, to much acclaim. Located behind the main bar at Seven Grand, Bar Jackalope features more than 120 varieties of whiskeys, including rare international and domestic varieties. Go for one of the tasting flights offered Sunday through Thursdays from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
515 W. 7th St., Suite 200, Los Angeles, Calif., 90014
San Francisco - Wingtip
Although listed as a “gentleman’s club,” women are very much welcome at Wingtip. Located on the top floor of a custom clothing store, should you splurge and become a member; you’ll find a billiards room, private parlor rooms, golf simulator and the coveted whiskey corner. While the club as a whole is careful to not take itself too seriously, the whiskey corner may be a bit of a different story. Showcasing a world class collection of more than 300 whiskies from around the world, the whiskey club takes itself just seriously enough. Come by for a glass of fine Scotch but drink it on the rooftop deck.
550 Montgomery St., San Francisco, Calif., 94111