A high-end whiskey tasting room with an old-school look and a welcoming attitude, Bar Jackalope is the bar-within-a bar at downtown's Seven Grand. The primo whiskies are hand-picked from Seven Grand's list of 200-plus bottles, not to mention only-at-this-bar bottles from distillers. Pick a flight served straight up (great for novices) or order a pour on the rocks. (And what rocks — the ice on hand includes hand-chiseled cubes and slow-to-melt spheres.) You can even have a Japanese-style highball with a dash of soda. Everything for a proper tasting is here: droppers for a dash of water to open up the taste, deeply knowledgeable whiskey connoisseurs behind the bar and fellow patrons who have great reverence for the distilled spirit. You may want to take a taste from the premises' prized bottles, including cult bourbons from Pappy Van Winkle, Irish-made 21-year Redbreast and the Balvenie's 14-year single malt. Customers can buy a bottle to keep on hand, and soon Bar Jackalope will serve liquid gold from its own copper pot still. —Kathy A. McDonald
515 W. Seventh St., #2, dwntwn., 90014. (213) 614-0736, sevengrandbars.com.