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The Eater Pappy Locator: Where to Find Pappy Van Winkle

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The Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery's bourbon — often called Pappy Van Winkle or Pappy — is a cultural phenomenon. Bourbon connoisseurs have long held it up as one of the world's best, while limited production has ensured that it is also one of the world's most sought after bourbons. But more and more people are discovering the cult of Pappy. Hell, Momofuku chef and noted Pappy fan David Chang even introduced the bourbon to his PBS audience in a Mind of a Chef episode in which Husk chef (and fellow Pappy fanatic) Sean Brock joins Chang at Edward Lee's 610 Magnolia to make Old Fashioneds with Julian Van Winkle. And Anthony Bourdain has on occasion worked Pappy into scenes on Treme.

And now just so happens to be Pappy season, the time of year when Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery sends out shipments of its cult-like bourbon across the country. It's both a time of great pleasure and a time of great disappointment. Liquor stores often don't even bother to put it on their shelves, it sells out so quickly. Bars and restaurants run through their allocations months, sometimes years, before they're able to get more. But still, the average bourbon drinker's best bet for getting a taste of Pappy is at a bar — so where to find it now or in the near future? Here now, the Eater Pappy Locator.


Know another great spot with Pappy at the ready? Share your knowledge in the comments, please. Restaurateurs and bar owners, feel free to send your Pappy lists by email.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hugo's

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88 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8538
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2. Booker and Dax at Ssäm

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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UPDATE 11/29: Booker and Dax officially has the 10, 12, 15, 20 and 23 year, plus the Rye. It is in hand RIGHT NOW.New Yorkers are in luck because Booker and Dax receives its Pappy shipment TODAY. They don't know which years are coming yet — though they expect the full line — so stay tuned.

3. Area Four

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500 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
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4. The Whiskey Ward

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121 Essex St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-2998
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5. Ward III

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111 Reade St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 240-9194
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6. Fette Sau

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354 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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7. Stateside

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1536 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 551-2500
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8. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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9. Smoke & Barrel

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2471 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-9353
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10. McCormack’s Whisky Grill & Smokehouse

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204 N Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220
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11. The Crunkleton

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320 W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 969-1125
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12. The Bar at Husk

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76 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
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13. Yardbird Southern Table And Bar

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1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220
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14. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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15. Whiskey Kitchen

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118 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-3029
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16. Rye On Market

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900 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Louisville, KY 40202
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17. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360
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18. Sable Kitchen & Bar

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505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704
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19. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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20. Haute Dish

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119 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-8484
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21. Blood & Sand

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1500 Saint Charles St.
St. Louis, MO
(314) 241-7263
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Blood & Sand has the entire collection: the 12, 15, 20 and 23 year bourbons, as well as the Rip Van Winkle 10 year (both regular and 107 proof versions). They did, however, run out of the 13 year rye, so no luck there.

22. City Grocery

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152 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS
(662) 232-8080
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23. Cure

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4905 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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24. Emeril's Delmonico

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1300 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937
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25. Poison Girl

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1641-B Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-9929
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26. Reserve 101

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1201 Caroline
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 655-7101
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27. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
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28. Private Social

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3232 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 754-4744
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29. Green Russell

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1422 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-6505
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30. Delmonico Steakhouse

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-3737
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31. The Aero Club Bar

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3365 India St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 297-7211
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32. Noble Experiment

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777 G St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 888-4713
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33. Wood & Vine

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6280 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 334-3360
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34. Seven Grand

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515 W 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 614-0737
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35. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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36. Southland Whiskey Kitchen

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1422 NW 23rd
Portland, OR 97210
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37. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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38. Cask & Larder

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565 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
(321) 280-4200
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39. The Aviary

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955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0868
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40. Distil

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722 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 220-9411
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41. Kill Devil Club

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31 E 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 877-8312
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42. The Dram

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2918 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-3726
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43. Twisted Spoke

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501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-1500
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44. Datz

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2616 S MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 831-7000
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45. Doc Crow's Smokehouse & Raw Bar

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127 West Main
Louisville, KY 40202
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