By Alyssa Pereira

A fine whiskey is  a thing to be celebrated any day of the year, but when a world holiday in instated, a true observance is in order.

World Whiskey Day is approaching, and that means we need to figure out where we’re going to be exerting our taste buds for this international festivity.

So, in honor of this blessed day, we’ve rounded up some of the best whiskey bars in the Bay Area, so you know exactly where to imbibe.

American Oak
Alameda, CA

American Oak has five shelves of fantastic bourbons, ryes, and other whiskeys. It also has an impressive cocktail menu including drinks like the Honey Ryder High Ball, which features Akashi White Oak Whisky with honey and lemon, and the Improved Whiskey Cocktail, a new take on the 1876 classic drink with AO Private Barrel Selection Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, Absinthe, Maraschino and Lemon.

83 Proof
San Francisco, CA

This SoMa joint has a seriously large selection of spirits and drinks and a mean cocktail list. Plus, they have one of the liveliest happy hours in town, with $4 pints and other deals.

Whiskey Thieves
San Francisco, CA

Looks can be deceiving: Whiskey Thieves might look like a Tenderloin dive, but the incredible offerings they store are utterly top shelf. Run by some of the friendliest bartenders around and selling the highest quality sippers at very un-SF low prices, this is one of the best spots to grab a nice scotch and play a game of pool with a few friends.

Jack Rose Bar
Los Gatos, CA

Featuring cocktails with literary throwback names like The Beautiful and the Damned and This Side of Paradise, Jack Rose Bar is clearly aiming for the romantic in all of us. With whiskey cocktails brimming with gourmet ingredients like house made fig jam and Tahitian vanilla rooibos tea reduction, we’re thinking about spending every weekend there.

Bourbon & Branch (and Wilson & Wilson)
San Francisco, CA

What list about Bay Area bourbon houses would be complete without B&B? The speakeasy joint that launched a thousand replicas in the Bay Area is still just as good as it was when it first began doling out passwords to reservation-making guests. Featuring a massive menu, it may take you just as long to choose a drink as you will enjoying it.

Nihon Whisky Lounge
San Francisco, CA

If your interests lie outside the traditional canon of American bourbons and ryes, Nihon may be your siren’s song. With over 500 selections of spirits available, it offers the largest single malt collection on the West Coast. Kanpai!

Hutch Bar & Kitchen
Oakland, CA

Hutch has an insaaaaaane whiskey list and a cocktail list that offers twists on American classic cocktails like Milk Punch, Sazerac — even an Oyster Shooter.

Rye
San Francisco, CA

Regarded by many as the best place to sip a Manhattan in San Francisco, Rye is something of a slightly more casual alternative to swankier nearby cocktail options like Jones, Swig, and Bourbon & Branch. They’ve also got a pool table in back and plenty of seating.

Acme Bar & Company
West Berkeley, CA

Acme pours more than 160 whiskeys (probably more by now), but it makes sure to stock around 30 that are priced relatively low. Also a casual option, Acme is a good low-key spot to enjoy a finely crafted small batch.

Rickhouse
San Francisco, CA

Back in 2013, GQ named Rickhouse one of the Best Whiskey Bars in the Country and even now, nothing has changed: this spot offers some fine bourbons and ryes. The happy hour gets a little crowded, but after the post-work crew subsides, this whiskey house is one of the best in the Bay.

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