Best Of 2019

Best Weekend Bourbon Bar: Prohibition Bourbon Bar

Named one of the best bourbon bars in the country by The Bourbon Review, Prohibition Bourbon Bar started as Newberry Bros. coffee and pastry shop before morphing into a speakeasy with one of the largest collections of bourbon and whisky in the world — the bar has more than 2,000 bottles, including Scotch, Irish, Tennessee and Japanese brands, plus more than 50 wines by the glass. Like any good Prohibition bar, access is limited: Owners Peter and Kim Newberry only open their watering hole Friday and Saturday nights. The bar is also on The B-Line, a collection of bourbon-minded Northern Kentucky establishments that has its own passport (download the guide and collect stamps from two distilleries, two bars and two restaurants, then turn it in and get some free B-Line swag). In addition to tending bar, Peter is an accomplished pastry chef and opens the shop third Sundays for a super special pastry party. Get ready to wait in line: From 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the shop serves coffee and espresso alongside a cult-favorite selection of homemade croissants, pastries and cinnamon rolls. They’ve even been known to serve sweets topped with a Pappy Van Winkle barrel-aged maple syrup glaze. So you can drink your bourbon and eat it, too. Prohibition Bourbon Bar, 530 Washington Ave., Newport, newberrybroscoffee.com.