Best Of 2022

Best Bigger-on-the-Inside Bar

OTR StillHouse

The OTR StillHouse is a distillery, winery and brewery in one. Located in a former 1890s ice manufacturing warehouse, it’s also home to an entertainment venue with indoor and outdoor space. But you wouldn’t necessarily know that from the outside, which looks a bit more like a shipping container than the entryway to a “half-acre of relaxation within OTR.” From entrepreneur Michele Hobbs (who launched Pet Wants) and partners including Master Distiller Chris Mitchell, a founder and former head brewer of Woodburn Brewing, and Dr. Tom Asquith, who worked as a whiskey scientist for Brown Forman, the in-house Knox Joseph Distillery produces award-winning gin, bourbon and blended whiskey. In addition to cocktails, beer and housemade root beer and cream soda, the kitchen serves a small menu of smoked and grilled food — all of which can be enjoyed in luxuriously appointed inside digs, or outside under string lights. Picnic tables line the artificial lawn, which is eco-friendly and installed by the same company who installed and maintains the pitch at TQL Stadium. The bar even has its own parking.