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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.


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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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Hugo's and its sister restaurant Eventide don't carry Pappy consistently, as they probably get one bottle for the year. But they both do have the 15 and 20 year bottlings right now. [Photo: Facebook]

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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A lot of Boston bars are currently out of Pappy and Area Four is no exception. But when the distributor pulls through, this will be a solid bet for Pappy in Boston as Area Four carries the full line from the 10 year to the 23 year. [Photo: Area Four]

4. The Whiskey Ward

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121 Essex St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 477-2998
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Whiskey Ward usually gets the 12, 15, 20 and 23 year bourbons and the Family Reserve Rye, but is currently waiting on a shipment. [Photo: Twitter]

5. Ward III

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111 Reade St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 240-9194
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10 and the 13 year rye. [Photo: Ward III]

6. Fette Sau

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354 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 963-3404
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They usually have the 13 and 34 year, but sold out of the last bottle a week ago. The next shipment should arrive by February. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Stateside

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1536 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 551-2500
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Stateside has the 12, 15, 20 and 23 year bottlings. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Bourbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Michael Mina's DC restaurant Bourbon Steak currently has the Van Winkle Family 12 year and the 13 year Family Rye. They expect to get their allocation in the next week, meaning the addition of the 15, 20, and 23 year bottles. [Photo: R. Lopez/EDC]

9. Smoke & Barrel

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2471 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-9353
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Normally they do have it but it just ran out. Fortunately, the distributor in DC should have it in a couple weeks, meaning Smoke & Barrel and its sister bar Meridian Pint will get the 12, 15, 20, rye and possibly the 23. [Photo: Eater DC]

10. McCormack’s Whisky Grill & Smokehouse

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204 N Robinson St
Richmond, VA 23220
McCormack's Whiskey Grill has the Van Winkle 12, the Pappy Van Winkle 20, and the Pappy Van Winkle 23. [Photo: Facebook]

11. The Crunkleton

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320 W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 969-1125
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Chapel Hill's The Crunkleton is known for its wide selection of Pappy — they have the 10, 12, 15, 20 and 23 year bottlings, though the 13 year rye is not allocated to North Carolina so they do not have that one. [Photo: Facebook]

12. The Bar at Husk

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76 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Even Pappy-loving Sean Brock's Bar at Husk has only a very limited allocation. Right now, they are holding onto it for 12 Days of Pappy that will begin Dec. 12. It will then be available again for New Years Eve and special occasions throughout the year like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Selections include the 10, 12, 15, 20 and 23 year bottlings. [Photo: Husk]

13. Yardbird Southern Table And Bar

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1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220
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Yardbird offers the 10, 12, 12 year rye, 15, 20 and 23 year bottlings, though they only release them sporadically throughout the year so they don't run out. They'll announce released on social media, so keep an eye on Facebook. [Photo: Yardbird]

14. H. Harper Station

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904 Memorial Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30316
(678) 732-0415
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H. Harper Station has the 12, 15 and the 23 year, but are out of the 10 year. [Photo: Facebook]

15. Whiskey Kitchen

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118 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 254-3029
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Whiskey Kitchen hasn't gotten its allocation yet, but will probably in next month or two and will post on Facebook about it. They usually get in 10, 12, 15, 107, 20, 23 and the rye. [Photo: Facebook]

16. Rye On Market

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900 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Louisville, KY 40202
Rye has the 12, 15, 20 as well as the 13 year old rye. [Photo: Facebook]

17. Proof on Main

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702 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 217-6360
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Proof on Main has the 10 year (107 proof), as well as the 12, 20 and 23 years. [Photo: Proof on Main]

18. Sable Kitchen & Bar

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505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704
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Chicago's Sable has the 15, 20 and 23 Pappys and also the Van Winkle Reserve 12. [Photo: Eater Chicago]

19. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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Big Star has the 15, 20, and 23 year Pappy. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

20. Haute Dish

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119 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-8484
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Haute Dish has the 20 and 23 right now, plus there's a new order for the 12 that they're expecting to come in soon. [Photo: Haute Dish]

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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John Currence's City Grocery has the 20 year Pappy right now. They usually also have the 10 year, but it ran out. Since they have to run it through the state liquor board as a special order, there's no telling when more will come in. [Photo: City Grocery]

23. Cure

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4905 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Cure has the 13 year rye, and while they normally get the 15 year, that allocation hasn't come out yet. It usually arrives in November and is running late right now. 15 is one they covet and if anything is left over at end of allocation they'll "pick up what we can get," explains an employee. [Photo: Eater NOLA]

24. Emeril's Delmonico

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1300 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937
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Emeril's Delmonico is out right now and is on back order, but they usually carry the 12 and 20 year. [Photo: Emeril's Delmonico]

25. Poison Girl

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1641-B Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-9929
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Per an employee, they have the 20, 23 and probably a 15 in the back. [Photo: Facebook]

26. Reserve 101

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1201 Caroline
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 655-7101
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Reserve 101 co-owner Mike Raymond says the bar has "all expressions except for 15 yr which we sold out of last week." [Photo: Facebook]

27. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
Easy Tiger has the 10, 12, 15 and 20 year versions in stock right now. [Photo: Raymond Thompson/EATX]

28. Private Social

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3232 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 754-4744
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Private Social bartenders report that they've got the 13 and 15 year rye on hand. [Photo: Eater Dallas]

29. Green Russell

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1422 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-6505
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Green Russell currently has the 10, 12, 15 20, and 23 year bottlings in stock. [Photo: Facebook]

30. Delmonico Steakhouse

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-3737
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There's plenty of Pappy on Delmonico Steakhouse's extensive whiskey list, including: Pappy Van Winkle 12 year, Lot B, Pappy Van Winkle 15 year, Pappy Van Winkle 20 year Special Family Reserve, and Pappy Van Winkle 23 year. [Photo: Delmonico Steakhouse]

31. The Aero Club Bar

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3365 India St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 297-7211
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15 year, though they are out of stock at the moment. It's on order with the distributor, though. [Photo: Aero Club]

32. Noble Experiment

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777 G St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 888-4713
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San Diego speakeasy Noble Experiment writes in, "We've still got plenty of the 13yr rye, and the 23yr bourbon in stock... We've been promised the rest of the lineup is slated for delivery next week (12, 15, 20yr bourbons). And we'll be glad to have it back. Stuff sells like crazy (helps that it's so delicious)." [Photo: Facebook]

33. Wood & Vine

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6280 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 334-3360
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Wood & Vine still has a little of the Rip Van Winkle 10 as well as the 23 year, but is out of stock of the rest until early next year. On order is 12, 18 and 23 year for the next shipment. [Photo: Wood & Vine]

34. Seven Grand

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515 W 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 614-0737
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Seven Grand is out of Pappy at the moment, but GM Andrew Abrahamson says the next allocation is tomorrow, meaning they should have some by mid-December. Once that happens, the bar will be stocking the complete collection of Pappy. [Photo: Seven Grand]

35. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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The Alembic stocks Pappy every time they can get it. They have the Van Winkle 10, 15, 20, 23, and the 12 year Family Reserve. They also have the 13 year rye. They have both the 90 and 107 proof versions of the 10 year bottle. [Photo: novocainated/Flickr]

36. Southland Whiskey Kitchen

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1422 NW 23rd
Portland, OR 97210
Southland Whiskey Kitchen carries the 10, 12, 15, 20, and 23 years of Pappy. [Photo: Dina Avila/EPDX]

37. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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Jamie Boudreau tells Eater that he stocks the 15, 20, 23 and the Van Winkles at Seattle hotspot Canon. [Photo: Eater Seattle]

38. Cask & Larder

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565 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
(321) 280-4200
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Cask & Larder sends word that they've got the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year, plus the Van Winkle 12 and 15 that they offer as a flight or solo. [Photo: Twitter]

39. The Aviary

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955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0868
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The Aviary's Nick Kokonas writes, "We do a tableside tasting of Pappy Van Winkle's entire (to my knowledge) line: 10,12,13,15, 20 & 23 year olds respectively. The flight is (last I checked) $150 and is served in 6 beautiful fluted glasses. I don't know of any other bar anywhere that does that -- I'm sure it may well exist somewhere but I don't know where. It took some doing to put it together. The Pappy 20 is always available as a single pour.... we sell a lot but won't run out (we've put effort into stocking up so it doesn't become a seasonal product with us)." [Photo: Eater Chicago]

40. Distil

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722 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 220-9411
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Distil has the 10, 12, 23 and the 13 year old rye. Right now they are looking for the 15 and 20, but expect to get those in by mid December. [Photo: Distil]

41. Kill Devil Club

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31 E 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 877-8312
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Kansas City's Kill Devil Club has the Pappy 15 in stock right now and is working on getting some of the others. Stay tuned. [Photo: Kill Devil Club]

42. The Dram

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2918 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-3726
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The Dram's GM writes in to say that they're stocking the 10, 12, 15, 20 and 23. [Photo: Facebook]

43. Twisted Spoke

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501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 666-1500
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Twisted Spoke owner Mitch Einhorn notes in the comments: "The Twisted Spoke in Chicago has had Pappy on the back bar for the last 17 years; in stock now: 10, 12, 15, 20, 23, and the 13 year rye. Plus we have the 16 year old Twisted Spoke bourbon bottled by Julian Van Winkle for us." [Photo]

44. Datz

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2616 S MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 831-7000
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Datz owner Suzanne Perry writes in the comments that they're carrying the 10, 12, 15 and 20. [Photo]

45. Doc Crow's Smokehouse & Raw Bar

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127 West Main
Louisville, KY 40202
Facebook reveals that as of November 16, Doc Crow's has the 10, 12, 15, 20, 23 and the 13 year rye. [Photo]