With a sufficiently comprehensive selection of spirits, it seems that at some point a bar should be called a Museum. This is the case of Tel AvivThe new underground Whiskey Bar & Museum. Between a dizzying selection, a gourmet menu, and an incredible location, the bar-museum alone could put Israel on the map as a bucket-list destination for spirits lovers the world over.
The owners present the Whiskey Bar & Museum as the first bar-museum of its kind in Israel. Clearly they don’t expect to be outdone anytime soon as the stock here is deep with over 1,000 whiskeys. in total. Their inventory appears to represent nearly every notable whiskey distiller in the world. This includes offerings from the world’s most legendary Irish and Scottish distillers to the smallest artisanal stills in India. and Hong Kong. All are poured into standard 25ml (approx 0.8oz) Glencairn tasting glasses to accurately represent their flavor and aroma. In addition, all whiskeys in the museum bar are available for purchase by the bottle. No exit to the gift shop required.
Guests can also work with staff to customize a dinner menu that pairs any of their whiskeys with dishes on their gourmet menu. Like their whiskey selection, the restaurant menu includes a wide variety of dishes ranging from smoked meats and vegan dishes to gourmet desserts.
Beyond the dram, the location alone is worthy of a destination. The Underground Bar Museum occupies the Templar Tunnel of Sarona, a famous location that once housed the Monastic Order of Knights Templar for hundreds of years. For much of the 19th century, the tunnel housed a cellar. As recently as this century, it even served as the headquarters of Mossad, Israel’s notorious secret intelligence agency.
This new bar-museum further cements Israels fascination and dedication to the booming world whiskey scene. The country may not seem like a prime destination for whiskey lovers, and he is well aware of that. So, he has quietly worked to find a place on the map in recent years. Most notable in this effort was the start of the Milk & Honey whiskey distillery – Israel’s first whiskey distillery.
Tel Aviv whiskey bar and museum is now open to guests for a quick drink at the bar, no reservations required. For diners, however, it’s best to call ahead.