2) Bar Gabányi
The author of several whisky books, Stefan Gabányi’s stylish cocktail lounge gives place of pride to Ardbeg, the peaty Islay Scotch. Solid drinks are only half of what brings in the regulars, though. Set in an atmospheric, moody cellar not far from the Oktoberfest grounds, Bar Gabányi has a wildly varied entertainment schedule, with poetry, chamber music, jazz, and dance performances, resulting in an artsy, sophisticated clientele. With plenty of intimate corners, couches, and nooks for dates, Gabányi is a modern classic clearly inspired by Gabányi’s tenure at Schumann’s American Bar, the city’s old-school favorite.