The dining room at Jack Rose looks like one of those libraries where you need a sliding ladder to find a copy of Moby Dick - except instead of great American novels, it’s filled with 2,000 whiskey bottles. That being said, if you’re the type of person who can’t tell the difference between bottle #1 and bottle #1,658, you can head upstairs to the rooftop bar for a more casual group hang. Get some Southern small plates to go with the whiskey drink you’re trying to make your signature order.
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