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Bar/Restaurant with great whisky selection

chowda Mar 15, 2012 11:45 AM


Trying to organized a birthday celebration for a whisky lover. Do any of you know any bars or restaurants with a good whisky selection (and hopefully good food)?


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  1. ebone RE: chowda Mar 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    I recall Citizen's Public House having an extensive collection. At least of Bourbon...

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      chowda RE: ebone Mar 15, 2012 12:12 PM

      Ah, yes. Forgot to mention...any place except Citizen's Public House (went there last year!). Thanks though.

    2. MC Slim JB RE: chowda Mar 15, 2012 12:13 PM

      Saloon, downstairs from Foundry on Elm, is a pretty good whiskey bar: http://www.saloondavis.com/menus/Spir...


      1. ChinaCat RE: chowda Mar 15, 2012 01:19 PM

        We were at Russell house tavern a week or so ago, and I noted they had 14 bourbons. I believe there was a large selection of single malts as well. And some nice Irish whiskey. We had several whiskey lovers at the table, and they were pleased.

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          Gabatta RE: ChinaCat Mar 16, 2012 09:42 AM

          Russell House has a respectable selection, but they don't know how to handle it. The bar tending there is widely inconsistent. I posted in a previous thread about being served an expensive single malt scotch in a hot glass right out of the dishwasher.

          I can 2nd the Saloon recommendation. Their selection of bourbon is particularly wide. While they don't offer as many scotch choices, their small selection has some outstanding options. Just don't go upstairs to Foundry for your dinner afterward...

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            barleywino RE: Gabatta Mar 16, 2012 10:17 AM

            speaking of hot glasses...what local bars do the upside-down power rinse of the glass with the water jet from below, before filling the glass with the beverage?

        2. Jolyon Helterman RE: chowda Mar 15, 2012 03:29 PM

          Sweet Cheeks has a nice selection of American whiskeys, and terrific food.


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            Unfoodie RE: Jolyon Helterman Mar 15, 2012 10:27 PM

            Russell House is well curated and Area Four has a surprisingly good selection including 3 vintages of Pappy (which very few places have).

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            huuvola RE: chowda Mar 16, 2012 10:33 AM

            Five Horses Tavern in Davis Square has a good selection, but the atmosphere is busy (too many TVs) and I can't vouch for the food.

            The Independent in Union Square (Somerville) also has a good selection of whisky.

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              tgordo49 RE: chowda Mar 22, 2012 07:48 AM

              The Whiskey Priest down in the Seaport district is *THE* place to go. Almost worth learning how to use the silver line for, but there's a huge parking lot (cheap) right across Seaport Blvd. from it. They boast 100 whiskeys 'on tap'. Quite a place.

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                jgg13 RE: tgordo49 Mar 22, 2012 03:02 PM

                The one time that I was there, it had a decidedly "Jersey Shore" type of crowd and loud, pumping music. No thanks.

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                  MC Slim JB RE: tgordo49 Mar 22, 2012 03:13 PM

                  Agreed, it's not exactly the Rowes Wharf Bar. The whiskey selection is good, but the food is from the same folks and at about the same level as the Atlantic / Boston / Brighton Beer Gardens. It's generic fryolator bar food and British Isles pub fare.

                  Both Whiskey Priest and the Atlantic Beer Garden next door have gotten into a bit of trouble for not doing enough to discourage drunken patrons from jumping off their roof decks (which admittedly have nice water views looking toward Logan) into the Harbor.

                  Looks like they're not keeping up with their website-hosting bills.


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                    Alcachofa RE: MC Slim JB Mar 22, 2012 03:32 PM

                    I was gonna say... if it's nice out, and you're going on a Sunday - Wednesday evening, AND you're just sticking with the whisky... not a bad choice. But once the 22 year olds show up, forget it.

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                      tgordo49 RE: Alcachofa Mar 23, 2012 07:35 AM

                      Oh, don't worry, I wasn't defending the food, which is sub-par. But chowda was just looking for whiskeys.
                      I'm glad I haven't encountered the social rejects y'all have, though; just lots of fine whiskeys...
                      At lunchtime...
                      With well-heeled local businessmen...
                      At which times it's been fine.
                      Evenings/weekends? I can't speak to as much. That's when I'm down at LTK which is not a party spot but has some of the best food in the area.

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