Amazing Whisky Bars To Drink In
Dick Macks, Dingle, Ireland
Named the Best Whiskey Bar in Ireland, this family operation dates back to 1899. Its walls are lined with family memorabilia and outside are Hollywood-style slabs naming the stars who have visited the pub (Sean Connery and Julia Roberts, to name a few). In the half-light of its atmospheric backrooms and snugs you can sample any of the Irish greats. It also makes space for drams from every region in Scotland. After building up the range with the help of Peter White of the Irish Whiskey Society, much of their stock comes about by word of mouth tips.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Washington D.C, USA
With 2,390 whiskies currently on its shelves, Jack Rose’s boasts the widest selection in the Western Hemisphere. The venue doesn’t scrimp on size, either – totalling 6,700sqft space, kitted out with leather seats and ladders, and five different bars.
The most in-demand tables are in basement speakeasy Dram & Grain, where guests book a two-hour whisky-based ‘cocktail experience’ that’s part-tasting, part-learning. Oh, and it serves drams on draft, around a changing weekly theme (e.g. all Japanese whiskies or bourbons from one distillery).
Boisdale of Canary Wharf, London, UK
The 12m long bar – dubbed the ‘amber wall of liquid gold’ – holds over 1,000 malt whiskies. This staggering Scotch menu has swiftly made it famous among whisky purists, and you can sample unusual offerings from English, Welsh and Indian distilleries. For further indulgence, try the downstairs oyster bar and Cuban Cigar Library.
The Flatiron Room, New York, USA
This Manhattan ‘fine spirits parlour’ has so many whiskies (around 1000) the expert staff have to clamber up teetering ladders to reach some of them – let’s hope they have clearer heads than us. A 'Bottle Keep' service let’s you name tag and store your favourite to dip into whenever you drop by while live jazz, chandeliers and plush banquettes add to the ambience. Still don’t know your bourbon from your rye? Book a session in the upstairs Whisky School.