The cult-like following for Pappy Van Winkle is still at a high, with most establishments completely sold out of the rare and limited edition bourbon or waiting for their next allocation to arrive. People have gone to such extremes that last October 65 cases of Pappy were stolen from the Buffalo Trace Distillery equaling over $26,000 and the culprit(s) remains a mystery. Fall is a popular time for new shipments to arrive; so Pappy enthusiasts can look here, for 12 places to enjoy the expensive and sought after bourbon.Read More
Where to Find the Sought After Pappy Van Winkle in Los Angeles
Here are 12 places the popular and extremely hard to find bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle, can be found in LA.
Copa d'Oro is known for its low-lit atmosphere and craft cocktails with fresh ingredients from the Santa Monica farmer’s market. Luckily, they still have three kinds of Pappy Van Winkle, the 15-year, the 23-year and the Rye Reserve. A 2 oz. pour of the 15-year is $50, the 23-year is $125 and no word on the rye reserve, but one can use their imagination.
Bar Jackalope at Seven Grand
The popular Whiskey Bar in downtown LA serves three types of Pappy Van Winkle at their Bar Jackalope. The difference here is one can get the 15-year 2 oz. pour for $46, and if that’s too expensive, an option to get a flight is available, which is 20 mL for $16. For the 20-year a flight is $25 and the full is $73. For the 23-year the flight is $47 and the full is a whopping $139.
This elegant 19th century English Manor look-alike speakeasy will make it easy to drink this hard to find bourbon, being surrounded by sophisticated paintings, decorative objects and antique mirrors, even the front door has been shipped from England. What’s the catch? Pappy Van Winkle bottles are reserved for special events or large parties, which will guarantee a memorable night out.
Harvard & Stone
Harvard and Stone features “spirits, rhythm and blues.” With local bands playing midweek, burlesque and the H&S band on weekends, this neighborhood bar is constantly busy. Luckily, they still have the 15-year Pappy on the shelf. For a 2 oz. pour, the enthusiast is looking at $50.
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The popular multi-regional Italian restaurant in the Arts District, known for its charcuterie and delicious desserts from wife and husband Chef Ori and Chef Genevieve. Bestia still has the 10 and 12-year Pappy in stock. The 20-year is unfortunately sold out.
This hidden gem serves classic French bistro cuisine in Silverlake. With celebrity sightings every now and then, the romantic and quaint restaurant sells the 20 and 23-year Pappy. Go quick because the 20-year is close to its last drop. The 10-year is: $26, the popular 20-year is: $ 75 and the 23-year is $140.Photo Cred: Minx Society
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This beautiful bar that started as an industrial Cathedral inside the depths of Los Angeles’s first private power plant, is a popular spot to go for a drink downtown. With cabaret, intriguing décor and some of the best-crafted cocktails and happy hour, Pappy can be found here. No word on the prices and years.
With a modern take on Los Angeles cuisine, Chef Michael Voltaggio’s signature restaurant in LA is inspired by the flavor profiles that make up the city of angels. With Pappy as popular as Ink’s cuisine, it’s best to hurry because there’s only around 2 shots left of the 12-year Pappy Van Winkle.
The Six Restaurant
This rustic American concept with “unpretentious cuisine inspired by the “Society of Six” has locally sourced ingredients and a rotating seasonal menu. With two full bars and craft wines and beers, one can find the 12-year Pappy for $30 for a 2 oz. pour. Stay tuned, because the 23-year is coming in November.
Bigfoot Lodge West
The Bigfoot Lodge West's concept is to look like a log cabin that brings a northwest charm and sophistication to Culver City. Like Copa De Oro, Bigfoot West’s cocktails use fresh squeezed juices, made in-house infusions, and jam purees from Culver City Farmer's Markets. They have 100 plus whiskey's and over 60 small batch bourbons. The 10-year and the 12-year Pappy can be found here.
The Daily Pint
This dive in Santa Monica has been voted as “One of the Top Bars in the Country” for three consecutive years, and has been on the Westside for over 25 years. With 33 beers on tap and over 100 different bottled beers, Daily Pint doesn’t disappoint. Additionally, they have a huge selection of whiskey from all over the world and the “largest and rarest selection of single malts west of the Mississippi.” So of course Pappy can still be found here. The 15-year, the 20-year and the 23-year are still in stock.
Lastly, for the Pappy aficionados that just really want to purchase their own bottle, Mission Liquors in Pasadena will be getting the bourbon in this month. With other liquor stores with over 100 people on waiting lists, and no idea whether they’ll scoop one or not, Mission can still take reservations. Just call and tell them which one you’re looking for and they’ll call depending on how many they get in.