Village Whiskey in Philadelphia (slogan "eats and neats") has an old-school charm that makes it easy to imagine Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson signing the Declaration of Independence downtown then having a pour at this dark-lit pub.
The bourbon list is decent, although somewhat expensive, followed by shorter lists for Rye, Irish, and Scotch. Their Manhattan was a nice idea - adding bacon-infused bourbon and maple syrup - even if it ended up a tad sweet for my taste. I wanted to try something new off the whiskey menu, but the bartender didn't give me much credit. When I asked for a bourbon suggestion - I always like asking the bartender favorite - he brought back a Bulliet without asking if I had tried it yet or what exactly I wanted. It wasn't a bad suggestion, just didn't offer me anything new.
He did make up for it by steering me toward an Indian whiskey that I enjoyed. It had a spicy kick to it.
We originally showed up to a packed house and warnings of a two-and-a-half-hour wait. Luckily, we were able to quickly grab bar seats and enjoy dinner. And we did enjoy dinner, starting with the tator tots. Then a $16 burger with caramelized onions and goat cheese that needed a jaw to unhinge to get it in. The duck-fat fries were extra (money and fat). Followed by a chocolate milkshake because why not at that point?
Benjamin Franklin said beer is proof that God loves us, but I think maybe he hadn't tried a really good Scotch yet.