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The 14 Deepest Whiskey Lists in America

Pick your poison: Each of these bars features more than 270 whiskey varieties.

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With the holiday season now in full swing, chances are drinkers out there are cold-hardened, travel-weary, and family-wary — which makes it the ideal time to pour yourself a glass of whiskey. Whether the preferred drink is whiskey (usually refers to American or Irish varieties) or whisky (the preferred spelling of Scottish, Japanese, and other internationally-made varieties), here's a look at some of the largest whiskey lists in the country. These are places that don't need to sell Pappy Van Winkle or Yamazaki to earn their whiskey cred.

The quality of an establishment's whiskey list varies, but sometimes there's comfort in knowing a bar's list carries practically every iteration imaginable. Every one of these bars offers more than 270 varieties of whisk(e)y. Did we miss your whiskey favorite? Holler in the comments.

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Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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This self-proclaimed "dining saloon" houses a whopping 1,800 bottles of whiskey in several different spaces. In the Whiskey Cellar, bartenders pour four whiskies on draft, with the selection changing every week; upstairs, the regular menu features rare sections highlighting 25 whiskies are nearly 30 Scotches, the majority of which are cask strength. Downstairs, the speakeasy-style Dram and Grain — which is considered a separate bar entirely — reaches to whiskey and Scotch in several craft cocktails. [Photo]

Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library

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Portland’s MWL houses 1,500 bottles on its beautiful library shelves, with 900 of them specifically of the whiskey (and whisky) variety. Certified whiskey enthusiasts can invest in a library membership, which allows guests to make a coveted reservation or get first dibs to tastings with the in-house whiskey curator. For those just dabbling in the drink, bar managers offer a truncated list of suggested tastes in a variety of price points (currently, Scotch drinkers can order a $4 blended Bank Note or a $57, 15-year Highland Park). [Photo]

Brandy Library

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With anywhere between 700-800 bottles of whiskey on its shelves at any given time, the name of Manhattan's Brandy Library may be a bit of a misnomer. High-rollers can (and should) partake in the bar's "2014 Passport to Greatness" program, during which a $400 ticket grants drinkers one-ounce pours of some of the rarest whiskies in the country. On offer: a 10-year Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, a 21-year cask strength Laphroaig, which was only available in nine casks, and a 33-year Glendronach, described as a "pure whiskey orgasm." The latter retails at $1,000 per bottle. [Photo]

The Flatiron Room

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New York’s Flatiron Room stocks 700 bottles of the good stuff, with resident whiskey expert Heather Greene — the city's first female whiskey sommelier and Eater's own go-to for non-Pappy options — behind the list. Whiskey enthusiasts can sample international varieties (including options from Sweden, Bhutan, and France), as well as what the bar deems its "Dream Whiskey Flight," with pours of Glenfiddich 30- and 40-year, and Glenmorangie Pride. A private locker system allows regulars to purchase bottles and drink them at their leisure. [Photo]

Delilah's

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This 20-year-old dive bar for whiskey lovers pairs rock/punk DJ nights with more than 600 whiskey varieties, including three whiskies that literally can't be found anywhere else: Its own Delilah's-branded bottlings of bourbon, rye, and Scotch. Every day, a rotating special offers bourbon shots for $2 or $3. [Photo]

Nihon Whisky Lounge

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In true izakaya style, San Francisco's Nihon Whiskey Lounge serves small plates and robata-grilled skewers meant to facilitate drinking; in non-traditional izakaya style, the focus here is single-malt whiskey. At 500 bottles, Nihon claims to have the largest collection of single-malts on the west coast, and here too, private lockers are available to guests interested in purchasing whole bottles. [Photo]

Untitled

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Despite its name, Chicago's Untitled Supper Club is not a homey chef-driven pop-up. Instead, the hybrid restaurant/lounge/live-music venue sprawls over 17,000 square feet, with its "library bar" featuring 460 whiskies. Untitled specializes in American whiskies, offers locker storage, and offers the occasional burlesque show. In early 2013, the spot launched a membership program that earned members access to a private entrance (with no line); it cost drinkers $1,200 per year, plus a $300 sign-up fee. [Photo]

Since its debut in 2011, Canon has been considered one of the country's best cocktail bars, with Seattle mixology veteran Jamie Boudreau stirring up innovations like the Canon Cocktail, which features "triple sec foam" among the ingredients. But the self-proclaimed "whiskey and bitters emporium" features a heavy whiskey list, with 2,000 varieties available. Its current "Captain's List" runs the gamut from $6 pours to extremely rare options in the four figures (incuding a Old Overholt 1901 and a 16-year Golden Wedding 1901). Boudreau recently told Eater Seattle his booze collection numbers 3,500 bottles total. [Photo]

Seven Grand

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The menu at Los Angeles' Seven Grand offers 400 whiskies, mostly accessible (with just a handful of options hitting $100 or more) and separated by region for easy browsing. From Australia, there's a French Oak-cask whisky by Sullivans Cove; Taiwan is represented by a half-dozen varieties, and the U.S.'s West Coast earns its own section as well, with options from California, Oregon, and Washington. A bimonthly Whiskey Society invites the public (and Seven Grand's Society members) to rare tastings twice a month. [Photo]

Noorman's Kil

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Opened in 2011, this Brooklyn bar perfectly pairs whiskey with a comfort-food staple: artisan grilled cheese sandwiches. Behind the bar are more than 400 whiskies, including the single-malt 23-year Bruichladdich Black Art and a dozen independent bottlings. [Photo]

Reserve 101

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Houston's Reserve 101 offers 330 whiskies on its list, including some rare bottles: a 21-year single-malt Scotch from the now-closed, much lamented Rosebank Distillery, the 15-year single barrel sherry cask from Balvenie Distillery, and a 34-year single malt from the also-shuttered Port Ellen (13th release). But Reserve's in-house Whiskey Society stresses accessibility, with a $10 membership fee netting members exclusive invites to tastings. [Photo]

Longman & Eagle

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On its Facebook page, Longman & Eagle — the only Michelin-starred establishment on this list — playfully describes its daily philosophy as "Eat Sleep Whiskey," and its 300-bottle list embodies the bar's philosophy that whiskey should be "for your mouth, not for our shelves." Every day, the bar selects 38 whiskies to be poured for just $3 per shot, highlighting both under-the-radar and familiar names. Those looking to spend slightly more can order pours of 22-year Elijah Craig or a 23-year bourbon from Willett Family Estate. [Photo]

Ashton Cigar Bar

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Want to pair your whiskey with a smoke? Philadelphia's Ashton Cigar Bar encourages the finer vices with 285 kinds of whiskey and 200 cigars available at its two-level bar. The single-malt collection touches on every price point, from Balvenie's 30-year single barrel Scotch to Glenmorangie Signet to Auchentoshan Classic. [Photo]

Gamlin Whiskey House

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With 270 whiskies on its list, St. Louis's year-old Gamlin Whiskey House focuses on North American and European whiskies, heavy on bourbon and Scotch. Every few months, owners Derek and Lucas Gamblin make the four-hour trip to Clermont, Kentucky to source one unique barrel of whiskey from the Knob Creek distillery, ensuring exclusive access to one single barrel at a time. [Photo]

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Jack Rose Dining Saloon

This self-proclaimed "dining saloon" houses a whopping 1,800 bottles of whiskey in several different spaces. In the Whiskey Cellar, bartenders pour four whiskies on draft, with the selection changing every week; upstairs, the regular menu features rare sections highlighting 25 whiskies are nearly 30 Scotches, the majority of which are cask strength. Downstairs, the speakeasy-style Dram and Grain — which is considered a separate bar entirely — reaches to whiskey and Scotch in several craft cocktails. [Photo]

Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library

Portland’s MWL houses 1,500 bottles on its beautiful library shelves, with 900 of them specifically of the whiskey (and whisky) variety. Certified whiskey enthusiasts can invest in a library membership, which allows guests to make a coveted reservation or get first dibs to tastings with the in-house whiskey curator. For those just dabbling in the drink, bar managers offer a truncated list of suggested tastes in a variety of price points (currently, Scotch drinkers can order a $4 blended Bank Note or a $57, 15-year Highland Park). [Photo]

Brandy Library

With anywhere between 700-800 bottles of whiskey on its shelves at any given time, the name of Manhattan's Brandy Library may be a bit of a misnomer. High-rollers can (and should) partake in the bar's "2014 Passport to Greatness" program, during which a $400 ticket grants drinkers one-ounce pours of some of the rarest whiskies in the country. On offer: a 10-year Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, a 21-year cask strength Laphroaig, which was only available in nine casks, and a 33-year Glendronach, described as a "pure whiskey orgasm." The latter retails at $1,000 per bottle. [Photo]

The Flatiron Room

New York’s Flatiron Room stocks 700 bottles of the good stuff, with resident whiskey expert Heather Greene — the city's first female whiskey sommelier and Eater's own go-to for non-Pappy options — behind the list. Whiskey enthusiasts can sample international varieties (including options from Sweden, Bhutan, and France), as well as what the bar deems its "Dream Whiskey Flight," with pours of Glenfiddich 30- and 40-year, and Glenmorangie Pride. A private locker system allows regulars to purchase bottles and drink them at their leisure. [Photo]

Delilah's

This 20-year-old dive bar for whiskey lovers pairs rock/punk DJ nights with more than 600 whiskey varieties, including three whiskies that literally can't be found anywhere else: Its own Delilah's-branded bottlings of bourbon, rye, and Scotch. Every day, a rotating special offers bourbon shots for $2 or $3. [Photo]

Nihon Whisky Lounge

In true izakaya style, San Francisco's Nihon Whiskey Lounge serves small plates and robata-grilled skewers meant to facilitate drinking; in non-traditional izakaya style, the focus here is single-malt whiskey. At 500 bottles, Nihon claims to have the largest collection of single-malts on the west coast, and here too, private lockers are available to guests interested in purchasing whole bottles. [Photo]

Untitled

Despite its name, Chicago's Untitled Supper Club is not a homey chef-driven pop-up. Instead, the hybrid restaurant/lounge/live-music venue sprawls over 17,000 square feet, with its "library bar" featuring 460 whiskies. Untitled specializes in American whiskies, offers locker storage, and offers the occasional burlesque show. In early 2013, the spot launched a membership program that earned members access to a private entrance (with no line); it cost drinkers $1,200 per year, plus a $300 sign-up fee. [Photo]

Canon

Since its debut in 2011, Canon has been considered one of the country's best cocktail bars, with Seattle mixology veteran Jamie Boudreau stirring up innovations like the Canon Cocktail, which features "triple sec foam" among the ingredients. But the self-proclaimed "whiskey and bitters emporium" features a heavy whiskey list, with 2,000 varieties available. Its current "Captain's List" runs the gamut from $6 pours to extremely rare options in the four figures (incuding a Old Overholt 1901 and a 16-year Golden Wedding 1901). Boudreau recently told Eater Seattle his booze collection numbers 3,500 bottles total. [Photo]

Seven Grand

The menu at Los Angeles' Seven Grand offers 400 whiskies, mostly accessible (with just a handful of options hitting $100 or more) and separated by region for easy browsing. From Australia, there's a French Oak-cask whisky by Sullivans Cove; Taiwan is represented by a half-dozen varieties, and the U.S.'s West Coast earns its own section as well, with options from California, Oregon, and Washington. A bimonthly Whiskey Society invites the public (and Seven Grand's Society members) to rare tastings twice a month. [Photo]

Noorman's Kil

Opened in 2011, this Brooklyn bar perfectly pairs whiskey with a comfort-food staple: artisan grilled cheese sandwiches. Behind the bar are more than 400 whiskies, including the single-malt 23-year Bruichladdich Black Art and a dozen independent bottlings. [Photo]

Reserve 101

Houston's Reserve 101 offers 330 whiskies on its list, including some rare bottles: a 21-year single-malt Scotch from the now-closed, much lamented Rosebank Distillery, the 15-year single barrel sherry cask from Balvenie Distillery, and a 34-year single malt from the also-shuttered Port Ellen (13th release). But Reserve's in-house Whiskey Society stresses accessibility, with a $10 membership fee netting members exclusive invites to tastings. [Photo]

Longman & Eagle

On its Facebook page, Longman & Eagle — the only Michelin-starred establishment on this list — playfully describes its daily philosophy as "Eat Sleep Whiskey," and its 300-bottle list embodies the bar's philosophy that whiskey should be "for your mouth, not for our shelves." Every day, the bar selects 38 whiskies to be poured for just $3 per shot, highlighting both under-the-radar and familiar names. Those looking to spend slightly more can order pours of 22-year Elijah Craig or a 23-year bourbon from Willett Family Estate. [Photo]

Ashton Cigar Bar

Want to pair your whiskey with a smoke? Philadelphia's Ashton Cigar Bar encourages the finer vices with 285 kinds of whiskey and 200 cigars available at its two-level bar. The single-malt collection touches on every price point, from Balvenie's 30-year single barrel Scotch to Glenmorangie Signet to Auchentoshan Classic. [Photo]

Gamlin Whiskey House

With 270 whiskies on its list, St. Louis's year-old Gamlin Whiskey House focuses on North American and European whiskies, heavy on bourbon and Scotch. Every few months, owners Derek and Lucas Gamblin make the four-hour trip to Clermont, Kentucky to source one unique barrel of whiskey from the Knob Creek distillery, ensuring exclusive access to one single barrel at a time. [Photo]

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