One way to know how important a bar is to a restaurant is to look at how much space is allocated to drinking. At Kenton’s, the whiskey-focused bar occupies almost half of the building’s square footage. The drinks menu is dominated by America’s favorite brown spirit, with categories including Whiskey Cocktails (Kenton’s originals), Classic Whiskey Cocktails (Sazerac and Boulevardier), Whiskey Mixed Drinks (like the Spicy Buck: Rebel Yell and Blenheim’s Spicy Ginger Ale) and finally Whiskey & A Beer (From Here to Kentucky offers a pour of Old Forester and Abita Amber). If you like your whiskey straight, you can choose from several flights created by the bar. Kenton’s is pretty upscale, but the $11 price tag for the flights makes it easy to do a comparison and find a favorite. Or, feel free to create your own flight from the more than 150 whiskeys they offer.
Sipping whiskey at Kenton’s
Kenton’s is a popular spot, and the bar can easily fill up with people waiting for a table, but if you are already Uptown and you have a hankering to try some really special whiskeys, it’s worth nudging your way to the bar. I’ve been on nights when the bar was jam packed, but I’ve also stopped in closer to happy hour or after the dinner rush and easily found a spot at the bar. According to our bartender, she has already acquired a set of regulars who often stop in after having dinner in the area to have a whiskey nightcap. If you want to end classy, come here.