Visit the Best Bourbon Bars in the Country

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National Bourbon Heritage Month may be almost over, but we all know that we don’t need a specific month to drink bourbon. The only thing we need to drink bourbon is, honestly, a day that ends in –y.

For Bourbon Heritage Month, The Bourbon Review posted their list of the 80 best bourbon bars in the country. We’ve pulled out some of our favorites for you to check out and, you know, drink copious amounts of bourbon at.

The good thing is that just about no matter where in the United States you are, you’re bound to find a place to sit back and enjoy the wonders of bourbon.

Bourbon Country

Derby Café
Louisville, Kentucky


There might not be anything more closely-linked to bourbon in Kentucky than Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. This café is one of the best places to catch well-known bourbon celebrities while enjoying a bourbon cocktail.

The Old Talbott Tavern
Bardstown, Kentucky 


A classic in the purest sense when it comes to Bourbon Country. They’ve been pouring the good stuff since 1779. Located in the heart of Bourbon Country, you’re also close to where the magic happens. Stop here for lunch and a drink, then head back out to the distilleries.

The South

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar
Atlanta, Georgia


A wall of bourbon. A wall of it. Floor to ceiling. Need we say more? No, but it’s a hard thing to beat, especially when it’s within a hotel and you can indulge without even having to drive somewhere else after.

Whiskey Kitchen
Nashville, Tennessee


The name says it all—whiskey and food.  Delicious southern fare can be paired with our favorite brown spirits for a truly Southern experience. Located downtown, you can make the Whiskey Kitchen the start of the end of your night. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

The Northeast 

Brandy Library
Manhattan, New York


If you went here twice a week, every week for a year, it’d take you until December to make it through their extensive cocktail list. Add almost 1000 bottles of spirits to that and The Brandy Library could literally become a bar you never have to leave.

Jack Rose
Washington, District of Columbia


How can you not want to go to a place that shares its name with such an iconic cocktail? Jack Rose hosts the greatest whiskey collection east of the Mississippi. Also, the terrace is a great place to sit when the weather is nice.

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The Midwest

Big Star
Chicago, Illinois


If bourbon is your number one favorite thing in your life, and tacos are number two (a killer combination to be sure), Big Star will be a haven for you. You’re not going to find anything but American whiskies here, so put your boots on and get ready to drink, Partner.

St. Louis, Missouri


Yes, St. Louis is a beer city, but the last decade or so has seen it become so much more than that. Sanctuaria offers barrel-aged cocktails as well as cocktails on tap in addition to a wide range of other delicious offers.

The West

San Francisco, California

(Photo Credit:Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Scott Schiller)

(Photo Credit:Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Scott Schiller)

Voted the best high volume bars in the country in 2011, the Rickhouse is a great place to indulge in an extensive bourbon list or one of their punch bowls. If you’re for some weird reason, not feeling bourbon (first, speak to a doctor, it could be serious), but then try the Fishouse punch, made with Appleton rum, cognac, peach liqueur, lemon juice, turbinado syrup, and seltzer.

Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium
Seattle, Washington


Canon sells itself as the largest spirits selection (2,800 bottles and counting) in the Western Hemisphere. If that isn’t enough, consider that there are over 700 different whiskies at your fingertips.