That's the Spirit: Whiskey Warehouse Opens Top Shelf

Plaza Midwood’s Whiskey Warehouse continues to draw crowds, especially with its newest addition, a rooftop bar.
Chris Edwards

It’s common that when a new bar opens, it becomes the hot hangout for a few months, but then the crowd begins to wane. Whiskey Warehouse has defied this logic and more than a year and a half after opening it’s arguably become Plaza Midwood’s most popular bar. In June, owners took it up a level and opened a bar and patio on the roof, which they’ve dubbed Top Shelf.

Whiskey Warehouse has mastered the neighborhood bar concept: a long drink list (about seventy whiskeys and more than fifty beers), a large food menu (including special late-night offerings), great specials (all-you-can-eat ribs and half-off wings on Mondays), plenty of seating (pub tables, booths, and a small couch-filled area in the corner), just enough TVs (ten in the main room), a friendly wait staff, a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, and late hours (until 2 a.m. nightly). And on top of all that, there’s never a cover charge.

The rooftop patio may be the best in town, with a large, wraparound, granite-topped bar, wood floors, umbrella-covered tables, and a gorgeous view of uptown’s skyline—and Plaza Midwood’s rooftops. Manager Al Giacomucci describes the addition of Top Shelf as “a natural fit” and says they’ve had no trouble filling the additional space. “We’ve always had an eclectic crowd—kind of indicative of the neighborhood,” he says. A casual after-work crowd piles in many evenings while weekend nights tend to fill the new rooftop patio with barhopping twenty-somethings.

“Every night is popular,” Giacomucci boasts. “We just try to focus on customer service, good-quality food, and ambience.”

Whiskey Warehouse
1221 The Plaza

Categories: Food + Drink, Nightlife