Whiskey is hard. First, is it spelled whisky or whiskey? Whereas it sometimes comes right down to area, it is whiskey in America. Then there’s ordering. Water, rocks, or neat? That will depend on your palette. Lastly, there’s the way in which whiskey is made. Some want peaty scotch, others hanker for rye, after which there are those that concern themselves extra with the distilling course of.
No matter area, grain, or distilling, most drinkers can agree: In the case of whiskey, selection is the spice of life. And we have rounded up a number of bars to provide you that additional kick.
Winston’s Cigar Bar
5041 North 44th Avenue
It’s arduous to think about a advantageous cigar in a stately chair with no first rate drink. Good factor your complete south wall of Winston’s Cigar Bar is adorned with dozens of well-organized spirits on well-lit cabinets. There may be a very beneficiant whiskey, bourbon, single-malt Scotches choice. Simply consider a model. It’s in all probability there. And there is a greater than useful bartender when you want any steering.
The Gladly brings class and class to your whiskey expertise.
2201 East Camelback Highway
Well-known for his or her Unique Chopped Salad, The Gladly is an upscale and trendy possibility for meals followers and whiskey connoisseurs alike. Their whiskey record boasts tons of of choices separated by area and elegance. It is nearly overwhelming, but when you understand what you want, it is easy to search out variations in your most well-liked type. If you do not know what you want, The Gladly supplies an ideal alternative to discover the myriad choices accessible throughout the globe. Home, Irish, Scottish, Canadian, and Asian whiskeys abound.
705 North First Avenue
Previously often known as The Turf (one other downtown Irish pub), Chambers has lengthy been a pub staple in downtown Phoenix. A big whiskey choice and a number of other giant display TVs make this an incredible location for mixing high quality spirits with no matter sport. However a much bigger draw is the comfy but city patio. In case your excellent night entails sports and bourbon, then Chambers is your sort of bar.
The entrance bar at Rula Bula Irish Pub.
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Rula Bula Irish Pub
401 South Mill Avenue, Tempe
Rula Bula’s bar is an actual slice of Irish heaven. Constructed to resemble a saddlery store from centuries previous, the bar transports you straight to the Emerald Isle as quickly as you stroll by its colourful facade. The whiskeys are plentiful and the atmosphere playful at this Mill Avenue staple. Along with a big selection of spirits, Rula Bula additionally has hearty meals, stay music, and pub trivia.
Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar
7137 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale
Previously often known as Kazimierz Wine Bar, Kazimierz reopened in 2019 with a brand new vibe and new whiskey program. Patrons can retailer their high-end whiskey in lockers and in addition select from greater than 500 whiskeys from internationally. Open until 1 a.m. most nights, this whiskey bar an ideal cease for the city night time owl.
Fox Cigar Bar is way from quick on their whiskey choice.
Fox Cigar Bar
A number of Areas
The scent of cigars hangs heavy and the partitions are lined with bottle after bottle of brown liquor. Patrons peruse the wares in a glass room. Welcome to Fox Cigar Bar, a spot to sit down again, chill out, and sink into creature comforts. The environment is as versatile as its whiskey record, with individuals from all walks of life intermingling all through the spacious bar. Every location has tons of of whiskeys and scotches from which to decide on.
Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
18 West Monroe Avenue
The outdated normal for any whiskey drinker value their snuff is Seamus McCaffrey’s. Positioned within the thick of downtown, Seamus has been serving patrons since 1991. If The Winchester from Shaun of the Lifeless had an American counterpart packed to the gills with whiskey … nicely, that is that bar. The menu boasts “Arizona’s largest whiskey choice,” and based mostly on the infinite choices it simply may be proper.
Haymakers affords these stunning sights and extra.
Courtesy of Haymaker
A number of Areas
Haymaker is a bigger operation, however it’s nonetheless a heat, family-owned restaurant with a down-home really feel. The meals is regionally sourced however the whiskey is introduced in from in every single place. When you actually wish to get entangled, present up on Whiskey Wednesday once they escape manufacturers like Templeton Rye, Blanton’s Bourbon, and Buffalo Hint Distillery. Additionally they have a prolonged gluten-free menu. And although whiskey is inherently gluten-free, technically all of those bars and eating places have a gluten-free menu.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
2 East Jefferson Avenue
Elegant, rustic, and ideal for a dinner date, Blue Hound has phenomenal meals and an environment to match. Their cocktail record has a number of scrumptious seasonal whiskey cocktails and their brown liquor record is prolonged. Whiskey die-hards ought to attempt the bourbon flights right here, or three, 1-ounce pours starting from $25 to $225. For followers of whiskey cocktails, order over the Blue Hound Signature Previous Customary or signature drinks like The Machinist.
Hundred North is vivid, enjoyable, and filled with choices.
Hundred North Bar & Kitchen
100 North Gilbert Highway, Gilbert
This ethereal bar is simply south of the principle drag in downtown Gilbert. The atmosphere at Hundred North is super-casual, with a wide-open ground plan, 30 beer faucets, and a whiskey record that’s actually the thickness of a novel. Uncommon whiskeys are rotated into the record, and as soon as they’re gone, they’re gone endlessly. The choices are nearly overwhelming, however if in case you have a robust will and excessive tolerance, you are in for one hell of a journey.
Magnum’s Cigar Wine & Liquor
731 East Union Hills Drive
The north Phoenix lounge is unmistakably a cigar bar first, based mostly on aroma alone. Nonetheless, the 450-square-foot humidor makes it bearable. Both manner, the whiskey record, which reads like a e-book, is killer. Magnum’s dimly lit bar affords tons of of whiskeys begging for a neat order, in addition to craft cocktails just like the Fancy Monkey — Monkey Shoulder Scotch, honey, and walnut bitters.
The whiskey choice impresses at Bourbon & Bones.
Bourbon & Bones
Bourbon & Bones
A number of Areas
It’s proper there within the identify. Bourbon & Bones affords one of many largest collection of bourbons and whiskeys in Arizona. The bourbon and whiskey menu alone is three pages lengthy, whereas a separate menu lists the in-house reserve whiskey and accessible whiskey flights (starting from a $21 sampling of home whiskey to a $975 flight merely known as Unicorn). The upscale steakhouse additionally affords the BNB Home Manhattan when you don’t just like the straight stuff.
Gray Hen Rx
3620 East Indian College Highway
Grey Hen Rx, considered one of three ideas by Barter and Shake Hospitality within the Century Grand constructing, is impressed by 19th century New Orleans apothecaries. Greater than 500 whiskey bottles await in what was previously simply The Gray Hen, which additionally doubles as a spirits store. Sip straight bourbons and whiskeys from the curated menu or attempt one thing from the New Orleans impressed cocktail menu.
This story was initially printed on March 27, 2019. It was up to date on February 11, 2021.
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