Monday, March 26, 2012

When you think of the best bourbon bar in Atlanta...

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Pappy Van Winkle on the list at Mac McGees
Wine Spectator magazine, that big glossy ode to big glossy wines, recently published a very nice issue dedicated to American whiskey. They start off by discussing some of the amazing bourbon bars around the country - Delilah's in Chicago, the aptly named Bourbon in Washington, D.C., Bourbons Bistro in Louisville. Then, they quickly mention a handful of like-minded examples around the country - Village Whiskey in Philadelphia, Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco, d.b.a. in New York, the Vortex in Atlanta .... Wait, what? Of all the whiskey bars in Atlanta they could feature, they chose the Vortex? Is there a burger angle hiding in here somewhere?

Don't get me wrong, I do like the Vortex, and they do have a decent whiskey selection, but to include them in a spotlight on the nation's exceptional bourbon bars? The author of the article, Lew Bryson, who does know his whiskey, must have either not ventured out very well when he was in town, or relied on faulty intelligence. There are about ten places around town that come to mind when I think "great bourbon bars," but the Vortex is not one of them. H. Harper Station? Yes. Empire State South? Absolutely. Local Three? Definitely. Bourbon Bar (duh). Even Scotch/Irish stalwart Mac McGee's rocks a mean American whiskey selection. There's Table & Main up in Roswell with a surprisingly strong selection, or the shockingly good list at One Flew South in the dadgum airport! I could go on ... heck, I even know a home bar or two that might warrant inclusion over the Vortex. I suppose it's great to see any Atlanta bar mentioned among the nation's best, but I do wish Wine Spectator had done a bit more digging around town.

So, Wine Spectator, if you happen to have any writers or editors in town for the High Museum Wine Auction this week, drop us a line. We'll point you in the right direction.

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