Top 10 Whiskey Bars in Atlanta

Top 10 Whiskey Bars in Atlanta

The cold, drizzly weather outside always reminds me of my time in England, coincidentally where I really learned to drink. As an American, the underage right of passage that happens isn’t usually about the alcohol that you’re drinking as much as the fact that you got alcohol. Being 19 in England, I quickly became fascinated with the art of cocktail creations, while learning to rely on a bartender’s vast knowledge and suggestions. Being in England, also meant I was mostly drinking whiskey. This time of year always puts me in the mood for a fine whiskey in a cozy pub-style bar chatting with a small group of friends.

Not sure about whiskies in general or simply curious about the offerings in Atlanta? Feel free to ask a bartender at any of these places. They are always happy to make a suggestion and up to the challenge to find you that perfect drink.

Southern Art and Bourbon BarBest Bourbon bar Atlanta

Located inside InterContinental Buckhead Hotel, this restaurant and bar serves 70 plus bourbons and cuisine for the local Southerner. This is a great place for an after-work or post-dinner hang out. The whiskey selection focuses on American bourbons, with an emphasis on small-batch producers. They also have an exclusive agreement with Four Roses that allows only them to serve a select bourbon from that brand. Hungry? No problem, try their Bourbon steamed Mussels or Bourbon Braised Lamb Shank for dinner. Head over to check it out!

Local ThreeBest bourbon spots Atlanta

Local Three takes its whiskey seriously. Atlanta’s home for one of the largest and most diverse whiskey collections (250+), with a menu that includes all the main countries that produce, as well as all the hues of liquid to come from, including clear whiskey. Join them for their bi-weekly guided tasting series, as they shift through the vault for something special which you are sure to love. Each tasting includes a whiskey cocktail, flight and light snacks. Check out their website for more details.

Southern GentlemanBest whiskey places Atlanta

A modern American whiskey bar focusing on a wide range of whiskeys from around the world, with over 120 selections to choose from. Since they are globally inclined, they feature several whiskies from each of the main producing countries: Ireland, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Scotland, and the United States. The selections range from well-known crowd favorites to hard to find limited editions, as well as, a few locals new to the game. So, come in, pull up a seat and discover your new favorite.

Holeman and Finch Public HouseBest whiskey spots Atl

Here at Holeman and Finch they serve up nothing too fancy unless that’s what you fancy! As a public house, their goal is to be a place of community, so it only makes sense for them to serve the kind of drinks which bring the community together. Their focus is on drinks that create good conversation. Check out their selections of bourbon, rye, scotch, or try one of their house whiskey cocktails, Bad & Boozy or Centennial’s Torch. This is the perfect place to sit back after a hard day at work or simply spend some time out for the weekend with some friends.

The PinewoodBest whisky spots Atlanta

The Pinewood is a neighborhood bar known for its extraordinary cocktails. With a wide selection of top-shelf spirits and their very own house-made syrups, tinctures, infusions, and sodas – how could you expect anything else? In the area on Wednesdays? Great! They have Whiskey Wednesdays, where you can enjoy half off whiskey drinks all day. Come in for an Old Fashioned or Goonies Never Say Die, or anything else the bartender can think up.

Kimball HouseTop rye in atlanta

Kimball House serves drinks that reflect the seasons, farms and personalities of the people making them. Through reinventing old recipes and experimenting with new tools and technology, their goal is to serve classic and contemporary cocktails in a way that feels distinctly Kimball House. Try one of their signature whiskey cocktails: New Tokyo, Normandy Sour, Socialite, Pecan Old Fashioned, Sazerac, and Bottled Old Fashioned (serves 4, so bring friends!).

Highland Cigar and CoTop Scotch Atlanta

Discover the highest standard for an atmosphere created for acquiring and enjoying premium cigars and spirits. They have an extensive scotch and bourbon menu complete with signature cocktails. Their Scotch menu is broken down into Entry level, Aficionado, Connoisseur, and Elitist sections with a separated area for Single malt whiskies and traditional. Classic cocktails include: Highland Old Fashioned, Perfect Manhattan, and Blood & Sand. Seasonal Signatures include: The Kentucky Ginger, Through the Key Hole and The Home Away from Home.

Mac McGee Irish Pubtop whiskey bars Atlanta

Modeled after a real Irish Pub, with authentic parts shipped over, including a huge portion of their 500+ whiskey list, this is a true taste and feel of the old country. This extensive whiskey list is broken down by region in Ireland and Scotland, by individual states in the USA and Japan. Check out their website and social medias for upcoming whiskey related events, including, Whiskey Trivia Nights, Four Roses limited edition tasting, and whiskey club events. If you’re hungry try their Catfish & Grits, served with bourbon hot sauce.

The Bookhouse Pubbest whisky bar Atlanta

The selection at Bookhouse Pub “changes as they feel like it”, but you can expect a good variety of the usual, with a menu sectioned for Whiskey, Bourbon, Rye, Scotch-Malts, and Asian Whiskey. Of course, they serve the well-known classic whiskey-based cocktails as well as their signature: Roll in the Hay. This bar appears from the outside to be an antique log-cabin or rustic/western-esc bar. The inside is dark and cozy with stained glass details and books everywhere.

Edgars Proof and Provisionsbest bourbon bar atlanta

This loved-by-locals hideaway has a soft spot for barrel aged cocktails. These drinks are made especially tasty with house-made elixirs and their own slow-sipping Edgar’s Truth Bourbon. Their cocktail menu also includes: The TruthBook of Eli, Firm Handshake, Irish in Cider, Irish Mule or Kentucky Mule. Don’t forget to ask about their Daily Barrelled Offering, $12 every day!


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Kaela is a Content Editor with CulinaryLocal. Graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah. Originally from Sonoma County, California, she has grown up surrounded by good, fresh food and people who love to love food. Her philosophy is to try everything (food and drink related) at least once.


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