The Battle for Bourbon

The caramelization, the sweet scent of vanilla and oak chips, and that smooth burn. Whether it be a traditional old fashioned or manhattan, a fun new twist on an old classic cocktail, or two fingers on the rocks, we all can appreciate a good bourbon. With all the fantastic bars and restaurants in the twin cities the search for a good bourbon was not as hard as it seems. Finding a remarkable bourbon in an outstanding restaurant, that was fun. Here are four local twin cities restaurants and bars that we deemed honorable to have a damn good bourbon.


An arcane underground haunt mixing up classic cocktails and creative concoctions, this bar knows its bourbon. In fact, they have dedicated a whole room to bourbons and whiskeys. They call it the Whiskey Chapel. Try the Grab Me by the Good Ear, an herbal bourbon cocktail mixed with 100 proof Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, topped with a boozy coconut foam, and served in a tiki mug. And that foam I mentioned, like no other.

Handsome Hog

If you want a great bourbon with a side of southern cooking, this is the spot for you. Handsome Hog hosts over 100 bourbons and whiskeys and are in the works of picking out their very own cask of Single Barrel Knob Creek. Try one of their many handsome creations or when in doubt, there is nothing wrong with a classic old fashioned.

Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

This chill little watering hole has an entire wall with shelves up to the ceiling full of bourbons. Ask the bartender for a top shelf spirit and watch them climb a rolling ladder to retrieve it. Try one of their cocktails, like their twist on a manhattan, The Dark Horse Brooklyn.

Butcher & the Boar

Hosting ten different kinds of hand selected aged bourbon barrels, it's no wonder Butcher & the Boar sells the most Knob Creek in the world. Not only do they have a well endowed bourbon selection, they also have an extensive menu of smoked meats and sausages. Grab a seat, relax, and enjoy a classic bourbon cocktail or go "full boar" with two fingers of Makers Mark Private Select with added notes of vanilla bean and mocha chips. Mmm, so smooth.


There are many more wonderful bars and restaurants to indulge in your favorite smokey spirit. When it comes to bourbon, I think the twin cities knows its hooch.

Where do you tipple? Leave a comment below of your favorite lounge, pub, or saloon.


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