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Aug 11, 2006 12:17 PM

Single Malt Scotch Selections

What bars/restaurants in the DC area have the best selection of single malt scotches?

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  1. Actually, I think 1789 has a nice selection but it's not exactly the type of place you drop by on a whim. I remember tasting a bunch of bourbons there before dinner and think they had some nice scotch as well.

    1. The Royal Mile Pub in Wheaton--the food's decent but they're really known for their scotch. Ask for the monthly calendar--they do scotch tastings on some weeknights.

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      1. re: shellymck

        Seconded - there's no competition for first place in scotch selection with Royal Mile. Thursdays are tasting nights.

      2. Martin's in Georgetown has a pretty good one.

        Elephant&Castle generally has a decent one, though I haven't been to the DC location.

        If the flying scotsman in capitol hill was a good one but it closed fairly recently I think.

        1. Your question reminded me that some years ago when a Scot friend would visit, we used to go to Bistro Bistro in Shirlington for single malts. He used to correct the waiters' pronounciation. I just pulled up their menu and see they list 14 single malts.

          Here's the address

          1. The best scotch bar I've ever been to hands down is Birds of a Feather in Fells Point (that's B'more, hon). They used to have hundreds of different single-malts, but now they are probably down to a hundred or so. Still, more than you can shake a stick at.

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            1. re: atls21231

              I'll second Birds of a Feather. Their website claims a current selection of 120 single malts.

              If you are interested in a particular single malt, I would call around to see who has it. If instead you are interested in trying something new, I would HIGHLY recommend Birds of a Feather. The owner / bartender is very knowledgeable about scotches. She will walk you through making a good choice based on your pallet. It might be worth the drive.