@BarrelProofNola 1201 Magazine St., (504) 299-1888; www.barrelproofnola.com
The vibe: Just outside the Warehouse District, this corner bar has a rough-hewn roadhouse look, with long rows of table seating. The bar stocks a global selection of more than 250 whiskies, including Scotches, bourbons and some Japanese imports. What you'll drink: The house old fashioned, creative whiskey cocktails like the All the While, made with bourbon, plum brandy, ginger beer and lime.
@BourbonHouse 144 Bourbon St., (504) 522-0111; www.bourbonhouse.com
The vibe: A Bourbon Street address can be a draw or drag for fans of the like-named spirit looking for rare small-batch offerings, but you can try the hotel entrance and head to the adjoining bar and seafood raw bar. What you'll drink: Classic and frozen bourbon milk punches, Louisiana craft beers, small-batch and single-barrel bourbons and bourbon sampling flights.
The Irish House
@IrishHouseNOLA 1432 St. Charles Ave., (504) 595-6755; www.theirishhouseneworleans.com
The vibe: Chef Matt Murphy's restaurant has limited seating at the bar, but it's a hub for all things Irish, including gourmet pub fare, imported whiskies and Monday night music sessions. What you'll drink: Irish beers on draft, house whiskey infusions and a large selection of whiskies, from Bushmills and Jameson to Knap-pogue and Tulla- more Dew.
5757 Magazine St., (504) 891-1177; www.kentonsrestaurant.com
The vibe: There's a wall of whiskey behind the bar in this elegant restaurant, which boasts polished wood and leather banquettes. It's named for Simon Kenton, who founded the Kentucky port town from which whiskey was first shipped. What you'll drink: Kentucky bourbons, rye whiskies and aged Scotches; classic whiskey cocktails include Sazeracs and Manhattans.
Oxalis and the Branch Bar
@OxalisBywater 3162 Dauphine St., (504) 267-4776; www.oxalisbywater.com
The vibe: The casual restaurant has a separate back bar and seating in a couple of small rooms and patios. The list of bourbons, ryes and imported whiskies ranges from refined spirits to "plastic cap" bottles. What you'll drink: Classic whiskey cocktails or a range of choose-your-spirit creations available at the back bar.