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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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Booker and Dax at Ssäm

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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.

Area Four

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The Whiskey Ward

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Ward III

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Fette Sau

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Stateside

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Bourbon Steak

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Smoke & Barrel

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McCormack’s Whisky Grill & Smokehouse

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The Crunkleton

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The Bar at Husk

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Yardbird Southern Table And Bar

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H. Harper Station

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Whiskey Kitchen

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Rye On Market

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Proof on Main

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Sable Kitchen & Bar

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Big Star

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Haute Dish

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Blood & Sand

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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.

City Grocery

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Emeril's Delmonico

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Poison Girl

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Reserve 101

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Easy Tiger

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Private Social

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Green Russell

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Delmonico Steakhouse

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The Aero Club Bar

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Noble Experiment

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Wood & Vine

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Seven Grand

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The Alembic

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