The largest whiskey portfolio in the country tantalizingly adorns the walls that wrap around the main-level dining room of the multistory Jack Rose Dining Saloon. At last count, the active list hovered near 2,700 different whiskeys, including some of the rarest vintage finds on the planet, carefully hunted down by proprietor Bill Thomas. The upper level of the space offers an open-air roof deck, a back Tiki area and a closed-in private dining room with fireplace, while the basement houses cocktail bar Dram & Grain. Don’t pass up the Southern fare either—grab an order of fried chicken skins or an order of freshly baked biscuits with ham and pimento cheese.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: You’re here for the whiskey, yes? Come in with a game plan of something you want to sample or else you’ll get lost, and plan to ask for staff advice. Or try a flight, which offers variety at generally generous prices.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Why does your whiskey come with a water dropper? Taste like a pro by sampling a strong whiskey neat and then adding a few drops of water to open it up.