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Great Whisky Bars of the World

Postby Matt2 » Thu Nov 10, 2005 6:09 pm

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Recommend your favourite whisky bars for inclusion in our Great Whisky Bars of the World list.

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Postby MGillespie » Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:52 am

Just recommended my choice...Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia...

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Postby chill » Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:39 pm

Added my choice for anyone in or visiting Boston, Massachusetts. The historic Parker House Hotel also houses the finest whisky bar in the city......The Last Hurrah.

My previous job used to take me to Boston on a regular basis and once I learned of The Last Hurrah, I never stayed in another hotel.
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Postby Frodo » Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:45 am

Allens in Toronto!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:14 am

There are some excellent specialist whisky bars in Scotland but I think to be a great bar, it has to cater for more than one group.
I considered Canny Mans in South Edinburgh but eventually plumped for the Bow Bar located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle close to a number of other whisky attractions and a few specialist shops.
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Postby rthomson » Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:03 pm

I second your recommendation of the Bow Bar, Crieftan.

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Postby Paul A Jellis » Sat Nov 12, 2005 11:34 pm

My choice - The Nobody Inn, Devon

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Postby Tom » Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:59 pm

Added the whiskyclub/shop where I am in. With a range of over 100 whiskies from all possible countries open at all time I believe it is worthy.
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Postby greengene13 » Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:34 am

I recommended Noonan's in Larkspur California. It has a huge selection of Scotch Irish and Bourbon. I was also going to recommend F.X. McCrory's and Jake O'Shaughnessy's in Seattle but I couldn't pick them up on internet search. Anyone lurking from Seatlle who can shed some light on the status of these two? :?:
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Postby MGillespie » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:34 am

I haven't been to F.X. McRory's for several years...but remember that it was pretty good for whiskies when I was there...

Also, I want to suggest St. Andrew's Restaurant in New York City...it's a block or two off Times Square, and has a very good list of whiskies along with authentic Scottish food...

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Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Dec 01, 2005 5:16 am

Louisville, KY has three very fine bourbon-themed bars -- the Jockey Silks Club at the Galt House Hotel (where D Marie's is history!), Maker's Mark bar/restaurant, and BourbonsBistro.
Each also quite generously offers 2-3 nice single-malts for those who decline to 'do as the Romans do'.
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Postby MacLover » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:24 am

Tokyo has many great whisky bars to choose from but I selected the Helmsdale and The Mash Tun. Both offer hundreds of different kinds of whiskies + other great beverages.

The Helmsdale has a great atmosphere and is a perfect place for die hard football (soccer) enthusiasts to relax and enjoy a dram or pint. Not many places where you can walk in off the street and have a dram of Macallan 1955 or a '66 Sprinbank West Highland Sherry (of course subject to availability).

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Suzuki-san has set up a world class whisky bar and what a selection! That coupled with Suzuki-san's excellent service and hospitality makes The Mash Tun a super place to enjoy a dram.
Please note that this does not show even half of his selection which includes a wide range of the SMWS bottlings, Japanese malts including the new limited release Hakushu and Yamazaki bottlings, a decent bourbon selection for us bourbon enthusiasts and much more.
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Oh man I really loved and miss Japan :cry: !!!!!!
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Postby Badmonkey » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:27 am

MacLover, I couldn't agree with you more. Helmsdale is as good as it gets in Japan for whisky selection. The selection is mind-boggling and the fish&chips aren't bad either. I can't wait until my next trip back.
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Postby toshie » Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:57 am

Pot Still Glasgow. Huge range, friendly and knowledgeable staff
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Postby The Dazzler » Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:09 pm

The Pot Still get top marks from me also Toshie, what a pub to stumble across when in Glagow, and very difficult to leave.

Also like Bow Bar and Canny Man in Edinburgh, Lochside and Port Chalotte on Islay, The Quaich Bar in Craigellachie and Drumchork Lodge in Aultbea.

If you can reach it the Drumchork lodge is excellent. Around 500 whiskies and if thats not enough Jonh and Francis are about to launch their own whisky. A distillery has been set up alongside the hotel and production should start soon. Well worth the trip!!

If in Edinburgh you should try out the Albanach, (not the same as Albanach in london), this bar is on The Royal Mile. The Albanach is a more modern bar with traditional decor. The range of whisky is not as diverse as Bow Bar as they are mostly OB`s, however some tasty rarities on offer such as Oban 32yo, Balvenie 30yo, Lagavulin 25yo and Ardbeg 77.

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Postby Mike Ralston » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:33 pm

The Bow Bar in Victoria Street, Edinburgh...
The Grill in Union Street, Aberdeen...
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Postby Bullie » Sun Dec 18, 2005 7:28 pm

Some really good whiskybars in Sweden:

Akkurat in Stockholm
Bishops Arms in Helsingborg
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Postby Mr Ellen » Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:38 pm

My choices are:

Glasgow: "The Pot Still": fantastic place, friendly, cozy with a range of whiskies that beats most of it's competitors.

Aberlour: "The Mash Tun": Not the biggest selection but this is where you meet the local whisky industry. Have a dram and talk to the distillery workers of Glenfarclas. Do not forget their food, it's fantastic. And if you don't like the Scottish Cuisine they have a great selection of beers to clean your mouth.

Stockholm, Sweden: "Akkurat": Huge selection of single malts and 600 different beers that could keep you busy for a while.

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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:03 am

Old Glory in Washington, DC. They have a bourbon club with 80 different bourbons. Every time you try a new one they mark if off your card and when you have tried them all you get your name on a plaque on the wall.

http://www.oldglorybbq.com/about/bourbonclub.aspx

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Postby MGillespie » Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:12 pm

The new episode of WhiskyCast (#27) online today has an interview with Ken Storrie, the owner of the Pot Still, which just won Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky Award as the best whisky bar of the year!

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:34 pm

I have to nominate O'Loclainn's Whiskey Bar which is a beautiful traditional Irish pub located in the village of Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare. Real friendly and has a great selection of Irish Whiskey on the menu. Probably the largest selection I have seen in any Irish Pub.

Further it has hundereds of whiskey on Display including alot of scotch. An excellent collection with some rarities. Well worth a visit if only to look.

Visit http://www.irishwhiskeybar.com/



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Postby Paul A Jellis » Thu Mar 23, 2006 8:54 pm

Cheers whiskychaser, I'd forgotten all about O'Loclainns. We had some great nights in there a few years ago when we stayed in Ballyvaughan. I do remember the Middelton as being rather special.

A great little pub, really friendly and now with inside toilets I believe!

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Postby irishwhiskeychaser » Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:19 pm

Paul A Jellis wrote:.....A great little pub, really friendly and now with inside toilets I believe!

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Postby SpiritofShetland » Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:50 pm

Have to mention probably the best pub situated on Norwegian territory:

Karls-Berger Pub

Situated on the islandgroup of Svalbard (78 degrees north) it's got a huge assortement of all kinds of spirits:
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Postby Di Blasi » Tue May 23, 2006 3:25 am

Holy goodness SpiritofShetland! Yes, I recently heard about this place! It seems the collector that started this place sold it fairly recently, so the people there now are selling the stuff at the same old prices as always! Have you been then? Were the prices a thing of the past, very very moderate and cheap?? Wow, great shots, too bad Svalbard is probably further from Bergen than Scotland. Oh well, not so bad looking at it that way.
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Thu May 25, 2006 1:09 am

The Malt Shovel
11-15 Cockburn Street
Edinburgh, Scotland
EH1 1BP

Very close to the Royal Mile and they have a nice selection of single malts and the food was good to.

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/e ... hovel.html
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Postby Di Blasi » Thu May 25, 2006 2:03 am

Another nice suggestion Virginia Gentelman, thanks! Nice to hear the food is good too. I start to wonder now about what these places are like, the whisky focused pubs. Again, my girlfriend is not a whisky fan, and is of course tired of just hearing the word! I'm wondering if I casually walk us in there, saying I heard the food was good, if she'll see overwhelming amounts of beautiful bottles of whisky and know what we're doing there? Or are these wonderful pubs also "non-whisky fan friendly?" Thanks, keep the good recommendations coming, I'm building a great Scotland travel log!
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Thu May 25, 2006 10:37 am

The prices when I was there were quite reasonable. But then again that's thanks to the fact of the whole Islandgroup being a tax-free area. It's been a few years since I was there though.

From Bergen it takes about 6-7 hours to get to Svalbard (via Oslo), while Scotland is just an hours flight away. But a visit to Svalbard is really a must, there's really no place like it in the world.

But beware, while a carton of cigarettes cost around £6 - a litre of milk will set you back £2.
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Postby The Whisky Addict » Sun May 28, 2006 10:48 pm

I have just opened what is a tremendous addition to the world's whisky bars. Located 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip The Whisky Attic boasts over 500 selections from around the world with a stated goal of reaching 1800 in a few years.
When in town please visit, a dram is a beautiful way to start a friendship.
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Postby MGillespie » Mon May 29, 2006 4:56 am

Welcome aboard, and I'll be sure to stop by the next time I'm in Vegas...

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Re: Best Whisky Bar in the world

Postby Virginia Gentleman » Mon May 29, 2006 10:02 pm

The Whisky Addict wrote:I have just opened what is a tremendous addition to the world's whisky bars. Located 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip The Whisky Attic boasts over 500 selections from around the world with a stated goal of reaching 1800 in a few years.
When in town please visit, a dram is a beautiful way to start a friendship.
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That is an impressive whisky list. You should take a picture of your bar and post it.
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Best Whisky Bar in the world

Postby The Whisky Addict » Tue May 30, 2006 6:19 pm

I will get the pictures up shortly.

Thank you,

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Re: Best Whisky Bar in the world

Postby Di Blasi » Tue May 30, 2006 10:21 pm

The Whisky Addict wrote:I have just opened what is a tremendous addition to the world's whisky bars. Located 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip The Whisky Attic boasts over 500 selections from around the world with a stated goal of reaching 1800 in a few years.
When in town please visit, a dram is a beautiful way to start a friendship.
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Damn! Too bad you weren't open in mid-March, I would've for sure stopped in! Who knows when I'll be back, but I'll for sure stop in and say hi! Best of luck!!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Wed May 31, 2006 12:03 am

At last, a reason to go to Vegas.

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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Sat Jun 03, 2006 9:45 pm

The Royal Mile Pub in Wheaton, Maryland. The food is great. They have a nice whisky selection and on some nights they have live entertainment.

http://www.royalmilepub.com/
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