In Melbourne, Oz I know there are some good bars about town but the trouble is 1. Finding the bars 2. Getting there.
I have yet to enter a true 'Whisky Bar' and my definition of this would be...
upholstered furniture, not bloody plastic chairs and cafe tables!!!!! seperate areas for both smokers and non-smokers as if by chance I wanted to sample a whisky with my cigar
Actually just before it slips my mind...I have been into a true whisky bar, sorry I forgot...woops Fidel's Bar @ Crown Casino(but due to the anit-smoking laws and the casino becoming a smoke free venue Fidel's has to move, not sure of exactly if they plan to move or just close shop, it would be a damn shame if it was the latter!!!
I have also been into another bar of which I would definately call a true whiskybar, but I unfortunately was there on business and so didn't get a chance to enjoy the venue for it's real atmosphere - Baranow's is the venue...
Anyway back to the topic...
I would think by having a good range, and not just all the standard stuff but a varying selection of products in both Distillery bottlings and Independants would ultimately intrigue the staff, thus the staff would on their own accord do some research and inform themselves on products, plus it would involve the staff further in conversation with patrons on various products.
Obviously a basic knowledge of serving the various products would be a requirement!!
Anyone out there want to help me start a chain of proper liquor appreciation venues...
Di Blasi wrote:And of course, the staff shouldn't be wearing any heavy perfumes, or "scents" of any kind either! So
And for some you just wished they did...!!!
Too bad there are no proper whisky bars around here in Limburg/Belgium. The only place (that I know of that is) with a proper selection of malts is one of the best Irish pub's we've got around...well make that IN Belgium (The Hedgehog in Hasselt). He starts to have a longer and longer list of whiskies both Irish and Scotch which you wouldn't find anywhere (except at your supplier and/or your own bar at home ). The atmosphere in that place adds to a high level to the enjoyment of your dram (or Guiness for that matter)...although in the middle of the town, as soon as you're in the pub you've got the feel of being in a old fishermen's pub on a chalk-cliff close to the sea in the midst of green fields...lovely...it makes my Laphroaig taste like...ehm...Laphroaig...but just so much better ...
I can remember my first Laga 16... sat by the pool with my wife in Sardinia of all places... only 5 whiskies on the menu, and staff that didn't speak English, let alone Scotch! Awesome
I recently visited London and was decidedly unimpressed by the range of whiskies at an average bar.
Matt, at the Whisky Exchange blamed it on whisky drinking in bars being beyond the financial reach of the average customer. I think there is more to it though.
Agree fully with the need for a good pint. Frankly, Ale or Lager is no real sweat off my back.
I'm going to have to say that a good whisky bar has to have some sort of appropriate glassware!
I'd trade knowledgeable staff and settle for 20 or so bottles in the company of smokers just to get my whisky in anything but a rocks tumbler which makes the whisky looks like a few tear drops that have been left in the sun for an hour!
Although my next pet hate is walking in asking for house malt and being poured a JD neat! I won't mention where that happened...
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