Come to the Blind Donkey when you’re in the mood for both whiskey and greasy bar bites. There are more than 60 bourbons on hand, plus a long list of other whiskies from America, Ireland, Scotland and the rest of the world. The fried pickles, made with both beer and rye whiskey, are not to be missed.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
The Nick of Thyme, a mix of Buffalo Trace, lemon juice, ginger beer and thyme-honey syrup.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
If the drive to Pasadena is too far, there’s a sister location in Long Beach—though its whiskey list is somewhat shorter.