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Fort Lauderdale's Whiskey Neat Bar Follows the Rise of Brown Spirits

The bar at Whiskey Neat.EXPAND
The bar at Whiskey Neat.
Whiskey Neat

Whiskey Neat — a new Fort Lauderdale bar focused on all things Scotch, bourbon, and beyond — is set to open its doors at 1035 SE 17th St. over the Fourth of July weekend.

According to James Flanigan and Trent O'Connor, the duo behind the new saloon, the first thing guests will notice is the bar's illuminated wall of whiskey stretching 17 feet tall directly behind the bartender. A collection of more than 200 bottles will be on display.

Guests will also see three garage doors leading to the courtyard shared with the recently relocated Quarterdeck, a restaurant Flanigan and O'Connor run as part of Old School Hospitality, the management group behind Beach Bar at Newport Pier and Good Spirits Fifth and Fed.

A 1,600-square-foot space decked out in red and black hues, floral drapery, and street art, Whiskey Neat is designed to complement Quarterdeck with more sophisticated drink options.

"The goal is to create a synergy between the two [bars] so that the whole space will become a neighborhood destination," says Flanigan. "The party starts at Quarterdeck, and Whiskey Neat will catch a lot of the overflow from there and other local places."

O'Connor, who will serve as the bar's head mixologist, says the vision for their new venture was whiskey-myopic from the beginning. "We love whiskey and wanted to stay true to ourselves. We're also following the rise of brown spirits — the thirst for bourbon and whiskey on their own and in cocktails."

Brown spirits are the focus at Whiskey Neat, but the bar also offers a wide variety of signature cocktails.EXPAND
Brown spirits are the focus at Whiskey Neat, but the bar also offers a wide variety of signature cocktails.
Whiskey Neat

Despite its emphasis on whiskey, the bar's liquor program will also feature signature cocktails infused with fresh ingredients. Examples include the smoked cedar plank in the old-fashioned, and herbs such as rosemary and ivy used in the house favorite. The bar will also serve an array of locally crafted brews and a lineup of more than 60 types of wine including bourbon barrel-aged options and a high-end selection poured from Enomatic wine dispensers.

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Complimentary tapas will be offered during happy hour (5 to 7 p.m.) with each round of drinks. Options include hummus topped with yogurt and pepitas served with a tin can full of breadsticks, shrimp cocktail served in a shot glass, and a meatball served on toast with homemade marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.

Whiskey Neat will also feature live jazz music and offer guests the option to store rare labels and favorites in private bottle lockers.

Whiskey Neat. 1035 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. Open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. whiskeyneatbar.com.

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