As badass as typical Southern pastimes are (muddin', boggin', swampin', wheelin', braffin', 4byin', "g"-droppin'...), what truly sets Southerners apart is their unwillingness to engage in any of these activities sober. Channeling the South's culinary badassery in that same grand, besotted style, Picán
Picán's a 5,600sq ft ode to upscale N'awlins fare and the single-barrel, small-batch bourbon that fuels it, offering plantation-chic setting options in the dining room (woven chairs, burlap-swathed chandeliers), around the 30ft limestone/crushed shell bar, and in the private, rentable Bourbon Room -- stocking 96 "exquisite" whiskeys, and soon, one "exquisite" you. The menu's overflowing with heartiness like buttermilk Southern fried chicken w/ Gouda mac n' cheese, braised short ribs w/ jalapeno creme fraiche, and the collard green-flanked bourbon/molasses "lacquered"
deck duck. Back to the booze: the list features a host of rarities (Henry McKenna Special, Distiller's Masterpiece 20yr, etc), while specialty cocktails include a Bulleit/Tia Maria Revolver, and the Dubonnet Rouge-splashed Elmer T. Lee "Soul Kiss", also an Olivia Newton-John album, which was a huge hit in Mexico under the name Olivia Newton-Juan