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Sep 20/13

Top Shelf Whiskey Bars in the South Posted by: Dan | 0 Comments

If you like your amber waves of grain in liquid form, you can ride the ripple throughout the entire South. Whether you hike the whiskey trails in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia or go to one of these watering holes with literally hundreds of varieties of sour mash, you’re guaranteed to find something to wet your whistle. Whiskey on tap is becoming a preferred way to savor the warm amber liquor of Southern tradition and folklore.

With artisan microdistilleries coming on the scene, whiskey and all its varieties are being offered by the barrel, bottle and tap.

BEST WHISKEY BARS:

In Alabama, sip a spell at Dram Whiskey Bar. Designated as one of the top 10 spots to have a great cocktail according to b-metro magazine, try the Blackberry Winter, which is made with Knob Creek, blackberry puree and house sours.

Find yourself in Augusta, Georgia? Get a burger and a bourbon at the Whiskey Bar (Kitchen). In addition to more than 35 traditional bourbons and whiskeys, the Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) serves 11 Irish, 19 Scotch and seven Canadian whiskeys.

Quintessentially South Carolina, the Bar at Husk restaurant calls a carriage house its home and serves 80 different whiskeys. Among them, you can find friends like Old Rip Van Winkle, George Dickel and Johnny Walker (both red and black).

Looking for variety? Your wish is this Chapel Hill, North Carolina bar’s command. The Crunkleton drinks offers more than 300 distilled spirits. If you like it straight, choose from bourbon, brandy, Canadian whiskey, Irish whiskey, Scotch whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, corn whiskey, rye whiskey, tequila, gin, rum and vodka.

HAVE YOUR WHISKEY ON TAP:

If you like your music live, your dance floor wide and your whiskey on tap, The White Horse in Austin, Texas is the place. With Knob Creek flowing as easily as the good times, The White Horse stays busy so go early and stay late.

In Arkansas, Big Whiskey’s in the Little Rock River Market serves whiskey on tap (which is as it should be), and so does Maxine’s Tap Room in Fayetteville where, they say, everyone is a little funnier, a little prettier and a little wittier after a cocktail.

The Pelican House in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has your poison whether it is bourbon, scotch, rye, blended, Canadian, Irish or Tennessee. In fact, if you leave there without picking your poison, it’s your own fault.

While what’s on tap is not whiskey, it still packs a wallop. Sweetwater Bar and Grill in Florida makes its own version of coffee-flavored tequila using a variety of espresso beans soaking in tequila and simmered with brown sugar. Dubbed “Ink,” it will knock you out and wake you up all in one shot.

Know a whiskey watering hole we missed? Let us know where in the South the spirits are high.


When not reading up on the carb counts of top-shelf whiskeys, Reep works at Flywrite Communications, Inc., the premier marketing communications agency of Mabelvale, Arkansas. Follow her at Flywrite Inc or on Twitter: @kdreep.


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