WHY HERE: The Baxter Inn has been thriving for the past seven years while continuing to branch out into new domains. The bar has partnered to produce its own vermouth, amaro, rum and beer. It’s hard to find yet hospitable, without the faux seriousness of too many self-styled speakeasies.
WHY NOW: Order from a whiskey list more than 1,000 strong, including exclusive house bottlings. Cocktail menus rotate throughout the year, with a recent concept showcasing the elements of whiskey in the categories Earth, Fire, Air, Smoke, Salt and Water.