The Bourbon Review - American's 55 Best Bourbon Bars



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Here at The Bourbon Review, we get asked all the time, “What’s your favorite Bourbon?”  It seems our answers never really satisfy folks – mainly because there are so many damn good Bourbons out these days.  It was with this lingering disappointment dancing in our heads that we began responding to these curious souls with the best answer possible — we directed them to our favorite Bourbon bars across the country.  

In honor of our 5th Year Anniversary, we’ve pared our list down, and chose what we feel are the 55 Best Bourbon Bars in America.  This list was compiled through years of onsite research, the trusted opinion of the best minds in our industry, and just to be safe, some additional onsite research.  

Honestly, the criteria to make our list was simple. The bar must showcase Bourbon in the proud manner it deserves, it must educate its patrons about Bourbon and either provide them with a superior selection, or a combination of great selection and a reputation for showcasing Bourbon in their cocktails.  Five regions were then selected for representation:  Bourbon Country, Northeast, the South, Midwest and West.  If you’re wondering if the Bourbon Country region held an advantage based on its proximity to where 95% of all Bourbon is produced and its long tradition of harboring the spirit, well that would have been a good assumption as it came in with the most Bourbon-centric watering holes.  

It is great to see so many places that are proud to showcase Bourbon and we hope we’re forced to extend this list to 105 the next time.

Southern Living - 100 Best Bars in the South

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We sipped our way through the South to compile a list of our 100 favorite Southern bars. From down-and-dirty dives to sleek and buzzy cocktail lounges, these spots are sure to liven up any Friday night.

The 22 Best Whiskey Bars in America

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We are very pleased to announce that the tavern was recently featured on Thrill List as being one of the 22 top whiskey bars in America. Below is an excerpt from the article. Click here for the full article.

Whether you drink it neat, on the rocks, or through a hilarious straw attached to your hat, whiskey is one of America's most beloved spirits, slightly edging out Sriracha-flavored vodka. And if you know where to go, you can get your hands on some of the rarest, most coveted whiskeys on the planet, as well as delicious cocktails that feature everyone's favorite brown water. We've found the best bars from sea to shining sea in which to drink whiskey -- now it's up to you to get off your ass and visit every one of them. Just maybe leave your whiskey hat at home.


The scene: With one of the biggest collections of bourbon in the US, BT is a must visit whenever you’re rolling through Lexington on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or just visiting your uncle John Calipari. Post up at the long, long bar, or snag a spot at one of their big barrel tables, and order up one of 230 bourbons, especially something vintage you likely won’t be able to get anywhere else but a very old boozehound’s basement, and you can easily forget that you’re all alone in this big world, and don’t actually know anyone in Lexington.

What you're drinking: Whatever the good gentlemen behind the bar recommend (though they also do a fine Manhattan)

The Bluegrass Tavern Old Fashioned

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Stagg Junior, Old Forrester Birthday, Four Roses 125th Anniversary Small Batch

Angel's Envy bourbon master distiller Lincoln Henderson dies

aHyjn.AuSt.79Kentucky bourbon legend Lincoln Henderson, patriarch of the family behind Angel's Envy, died Tuesday night in Lexington at age 75.

Mr. Henderson pioneered premium bourbon and whiskeys, first at Brown-Forman and later, in retirement, with his own label.

"I lost my dad and best friend today, but I am blessed and grateful that together we created a brand that we're both incredibly proud of," Wes Henderson, chief operating officer of Angel's Envy, said in a statement from the company. "We will proudly carry on his legacy and keep his memory alive."

Lincoln Henderson was an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame and was awarded a lifetime achievement award from Malt Advocate magazine, now known as Whisky Advocate.

He "began serious study of bourbon" as an undergraduate in Oklahoma, according to the company. He earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Louisville and a master's degree in business administration from Webster University in Missouri.

Mr. Henderson helped develop brands including Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniel's Single Barrel.

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