“It’s my favorite whiskey bar of all time,” he says. “They have the sickest collection of whiskey, including some stuff I’ve never seen in my entire life. They have a cart they push around to make you cocktails tableside. It’s literally like a library, except instead of books, there are bottles.”
Even the decor leans into the library concept, with a sliding ladder to retrieve top-shelf bottles and seating in cozy leather chairs. While non-members generally have to wait in line for a seat, a $25 “Hall Pass” allows visitors to make a one-time reservation.
A place for pre-dinner martinis
Diedrich calls Expatriate, a bar/lounge with a menu of “drinking snacks” from Beast chef Naomi Pomeroy, “an awesome restaurant that does great cocktails and badass food.” While he is a huge fan of their brunch and sake program, the one thing that keeps him coming back again and again is the martini.