With taxidermy, plaid wallpaper, pool tables and an impressive, 700-plus collection of Scotch, bourbon, rye, single malt and whiskey—one of the largest selection on the West Coast—Downtown’s popular Seven Grand is a boozehound’s man cave. Take a trip to Japan, Scotland, Australia and even India with pours that will surprise even the most seasoned of whiskey enthusiasts. For those who want to geek out on the brown stuff, sign up for the Whiskey Society’s tastings, held weekly at 6:30pm. Occasionally led by the bar’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable “spirit guide,” Pedro Shanahan, the tastings offer intimate talks with distillers and sometimes never-before-seen bottles.
Once viewed as a drink for cowboys and moustached gentlemen, whiskey is now the people’s liquor: cool, accessible and found in drinks both neat and complicated. Whether you’re a brown-spirit newbie or a bonafide aficionado, L.A.’s whiskey scene has given way to top-notch programs across town (and no, not just in Silver Lake and Echo Park). From hotel bars to dive bars, the city’s best selection of bourbon, scotch and whiskeys from around the globe can be found at these outstanding watering holes.
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