Born in 2001 as a local hangout, The Whisky Bar has gained a solid reputation over the years thanks to its ever-growing whiskey collection, which now has more than 500 bottles. While the number may sound intimidating, bottles are classified by region on the menu, allowing guests to navigate it calmly and ask all kinds of questions to the knowledgeable staff. The Scotch section itself shows bottles by region, too, like the Highlands and Campbeltown. From Speyside, you’ll find jewels from The Macallan, such as its Editions #5 and #6. Head to Islay for interesting finds from Bruichladdich, like its Black Art 7.1 and 9.1 editions.
Irish, Canadian, and Japanese whiskeys also make an appearance at this bar. Lovers of Japanese whiskey will be delighted to find treasures like a Mars Komagatake 2018 Single Malt and a Suntory Yamazaki 18-year. When it comes to American whiskey, there is a great selection that includes bourbon and rye. In fact, a visit to The Whisky Bar is the perfect opportunity to try local creations, such as Woodinville rye whiskey and Chambers Bay bourbon.
The bar’s flights are an excellent way to explore its offerings. Choose the theme that inspires you most, from a Local Flight, with regional whiskeys, to a World Flight, which may feature whiskeys from India or Wales. Another way to go? Cocktails. The Earl’s Old Fashioned (with Earl Grey-infused Elijah Craig bourbon, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and lemon bitters) is perfect for a rainy Seattle evening.