If you're into bourbon, and live in New York, you're in luck: there are a lot of places with vast lists, including many hard to find bottles, where you can geek out on the Great American Spirit. Some of them have great food too. Here's the list.
If there was ever a great drinker's bar in New York, this is it. It gets a little crowded, but the cask ales, beer and liquor selection, and the general boozy feeling here makes this a Mecca for the tipsy.
Tucked away inside Grand Central Station, The Campbell Apartment is a dark, stylish, busy, and grown-up place to have a drink -- even if you aren't going anywhere.
Low-brow but high-minded dive bar with a serious commitment to bourbon whiskey. Not a place to pick up girls or have a good time; the thing to do here is to drink whiskey.
There are two things to know about Blue Smoke, both of them good. The first is that this isn't a barbecue restaurant; it's a restaurant that serves barbecue, a sister to legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer's venerated restaurants like Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe. So you can't compare the hospitality and service aspects to any of its rivals. Secondly, although the actual barbecue was a weak point for the first couple of years here, owing to legal difficulties with the air exhaust system, they have since been fixed and Blue Smoke now produces barbecue with the robust smoky flavor it was meant to have all along. Go for the barbecue, but stay for the service, the sides, and a bourbon list that just won't quit.
The Brandy Library is practically a shrine to brown spirits: they line the walls and fill whole catalogs. The place shines with a golden glow, and soft seats support the nether parts of drinkers deep in study.
Brooklyn's let-it-roll style works well in the case of barbecue, which is best served in dressed down, funky environments. Unfortunately, it also requires a lot of precision, which Fette Sau doesn't always lay down. The food is excellent, and there are meats smoked here you won't find elsewhere, but they sometimes sit around too long. Go early when they first open, and look for the pork belly if they have it.
An urban ode to Southern tastes, this is a swank bar hiding the soul of a barbecue restaurant. In truth the barbecue, while delicious, lacks smoky oomph, but it's delivered with refinement and care. And, more importantly, the bourbon selection is one of the biggest and best in the city.
A rollicking but relaxed Brooklyn bar boasting a big bourbon list and a bocce court: what more could you ask for?
A very fine example of the "lardcore" or modern southern restaurant; certainly the most refined. It shares with its brooklyn sibling, Char No. 4, an extensive bourbon selection.