Neat or on the Rocks: Top 5 Scotch Bars in Atlanta

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However you prefer it, it is one of the smoothest drinks around. It adds major class and an old Hollywood glamour to any event. Imagine a dimly lit lounge, jazz trio playing on the bandstand, rich mahogany furniture and a soothing glass of scotch…neat or on the rocks, it doesn’t really matter. Atlanta has many places to indulge your love of scotch and its’ various brands. Here are the top places where scotch reigns supreme.

Fado Irish Pub

Buckhead is the place where one of the best pubs in Atlanta, and best places to have a nice scotch, resides. Fado Irish Pub has been an Atlanta staple for many years and their highly praised reputation is well-deserved. Extensive isn’t enough to describe their scotch selection, with some of the top brands gracing the shelves. A few standout brands include: Johnnie Walker Red & Black, Chivas Regal, Glenmorangle, Glennfiddich and the Glenlivet just to give you an idea of all the smooth flavors you can expect when you stop in for a drink. The authentic and welcoming atmosphere is a bonus and there is always a celebration of some sort, so every night feels like a party.

Fado Irish Pub is located at 273 Buckhead Ave. 404.841.0066

XO Bar

Located inside the lobby of the InterContinental Buckhead hotel, this is the most upscale entry on the list and the perks are endless. Celebrities, entourages, limos and Lamborghinis are among the usual suspects found at the ultra-exclusive spot. Although XO Bar specializes in cognac, and quite a wide variety, they still know how to serve up an expert scotch and soda. Enjoy Talisker, Glenfarclas and Highland Park brands to wet your whistle. Bring your shades for the inevitable star-gazing.

XO Bar is located at 3315 Peachtree Rd. NE 404.946.9000


Another hidden gem located within a hotel, this time it’s the W Atlanta-Downtown. With a name like Drinkshop expect several different drinks, top-shelf liquor and signature cocktails. Of those signature drinks, there is one particular concoction made with scotch that is the talk of the town. It’s called a “Penicillin” and it has blended scotch, lemon juice, ginger-honey syrup and Islay scotch, it is a definite “must”, but also quite strong so be prepared. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and helpful regarding any of your spirit inquiries, so don’t hesitate to ask which scotch they recommend.

Drinkshop is located at 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 404.582.5800

The Brick Store Pub

Head over to east Atlanta and experience a bar with plenty of old-world charm and a classic menu. The Brick Store may lean towards their beer selections, but the scotch and other liquors are also very well-represented. Obvious brands Johnnie Walker Red & Black and also Springbank are perfect choices for your scotch cravings. Don’t leave without having a bite of some great American food; burgers, salads, pasta and fish & chips will soak up any remnants of alcohol you want to hide.

The Brick Store Pub is located at 125 East Court Sq. 404.687.0990

The BookHouse Pub

In the Old Fourth Ward of Virginia Highlands lies this cool, understated spot known to offer a good time through food, entertainment and of course spirits. It’s also a very friendly place where after a few repeat visits, the bartenders will remember your name. Get your scotch fix with Lagavulin, Macallan and Ardbeg, while enjoying the outdoor patio and music blaring from the retro jukebox.

The BookHouse Pub is located at 736 Ponce De Leon Ave. 404.254.1176

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