Kaz Bar was vino-only from its founding in 2001 until original owner Peter Kasperski closed it 17 years later. Enter restaurateur Tommy Plato of Second Story Liquor Bar fame, who reopened the posh lounge in 2019, adding a focus on rare and distinctive whiskeys, a bespoke supper club atmosphere big on leather and wood, and a vibe not unlike New York City’s Flatiron Room. Connoisseurs can indulge in any of its curated selection of Scotch, whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes of the high-end, imported, and single-barrel ilk. There are such small-batch favorites as Teelings, rarities like Russell’s Reserve, and Japanese brands like Nikka Yoichi and Akashi Ume. Oenophiles also needn’t worry, though, as Kaz Bar still has a surfeit of red, white, and sparkling wines, uncorking Dionysian bliss on weekends and certain weeknights until 1 a.m.
Kazimierz Wine & Whiskey Bar
- Price: $$, $$$
- Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Friday & Saturday 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: On-street, Valet
- Extra Services: Private-group dining