Cheers to World Whisky Day

The below blog was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is designed to be used as inspiration for a future trip to Windsor Essex. Due to current circumstances, some of the locations listed in the blog may currently not be open, or may not be offering full services at this time.

Please contact any business prior to planning a visit.

World Whiskey Day reminds us that there is an incredibly broad range of whisky out there to try and whether served neat, on the rocks or mixed as a cocktail there are endless ways to enjoy a dram of this golden nectar.

Celebrated on the third Saturday of May each year in order to make this spirit fun and enjoyable to all, it is likely that you will need more than just one day to sample every kind available! World Whiskey Day is a great opportunity for you to try something new, expand your palette and share experiences with your friends (even if right now it’s simply over social media or video conference).

Translating to “water of life”, whisky is the foundation of some of the most wonderful drinks known to man.  Canadian whisky is set apart not only by the way it’s spelled (sans the ‘e’), but it is also known for its lighter flavor and color than its American counterparts.  If you need an excuse to try something new or if you are looking for a cocktail of choice, read below for 5 local establishments who have been known to serve up the Art of Cocktail!

Blind Owl 

430 Ouellette Ave.
Windsor, ON

Intimate and stylish with an old time Detroit speakeasy vibe. This is the place to enjoy creative cocktails, wines by-the-glass, charcuterie and cheese in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wolfhead Distillery 

7781 Howard Ave,
Amherstburg, Ontario

The first ultra-premium craft distillery in the heart of rum-running country. Wolfhead Distillery features small batch Vodka, Whisky and more, creating distinct spirits you won’t find anywhere else.

F&B Walkerville 

2090 Wyandotte St. E.
Windsor, ON

Known as Windsor’s premier cocktail, wine, and small plates speakeasy. Secretly located in the basement level of the Blackburn Radio building in Olde Walkerville, their dimly lit atmosphere accentuates the high end Food & Beverage and creative craft cocktails.

Maiden Lane Wine & Spirits 

494 Pelissier Street
Windsor, ON 

Quality wine, cocktails & food in the heart of downtown.  Creativity abounds in the creations of their bartending staff.

Thirsty butler 

1585 Wyandotte St East
Windsor, ON

The Thirsty Butler Cocktail Lounge is an Old Walkerville hotspot serving up signature cocktails and tasty bites!

Explore your own inner mixologist and create a whisky centered cocktail for yourself, or extend the enjoyment of World Whisky Day by ordering from our local distillers and exploring our Barrels, Bottles and Brews trail in the future.   There definitely is something for every palate and once you find your favourite, it will have you marking that third Saturday of May in next year’s calendar.