Front and patio via

Front of Whiskey Bar (photo via

It’s been a couple weeks since I posted but I have plenty of great excuses: playoff baseball, work, vacation, sleep etc.  It’s my recent vacation that I’ll be writing about. Specifically, a whiskey bar in Denver that I learned of through Whiskey Reviewer.

I’ve been to a lot of bars over the years (seriously a lot) and often times when you read glowing reviews of bars–especially niche bars–they’re written by people in the know and part of the cliche. If you are a tourist, an outsider, or new to the spirit, wine, or craft beer game then these bars can be painful to visit. They tend to raise a lot of barriers to newcomers and novices–often as a way of keeping the establishment as a locals only or snobs only joint–and therefore they end up not being very welcoming. Sometimes the experience can be so bad it’ll put people off a certain type of drink.

Thankfully, the Whiskey Bar was not that. Dave and the entire crew at Whiskey Bar created a fun, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Even though we were there on a Friday night we were still able to spend plenty of time chatting about bourbons, ryes, and local Colorado distilleries. He also took time to chat with my wife and help her find something she would enjoy. In a word, no one there was a whiskey snob.

I really can’t say enough great things about the Whiskey Bar and the entire staff. If you ever find yourself in Denver make sure you carve out a little time to go check it out and drink a few drams of whiskey. My only regret was being too tired to stay more than a couple hours. Hopefully, I can make it back there sometime soon.

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