There are plenty of bucket list-worthy destinations for whiskey drinkers, from America’s South to the Isle of Islay in Scotland and even the Eastern spirits-mecca that is Japan. But now there’s a new place to add to that list in an altogether unexpected locale: Tel Aviv, Israel.
The first of its kind within the country’s borders, the Whiskey Bar & Museum is tucked away underground on the western shore of the Old City of Acre in a place called the Templar Tunnel — a historic location that was once home to its namesake, the military-monastic order of the Knights Templar, as well as a 19th century winery and, most recently, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency. Now, however, the interior is a swanky and stylish dimly-lit watering hole home to over 1,000 whiskey varieties from around the world and it even has an in-house kitchen that serves food specifically to pair with your dram(s) of choice. If good drinks and rich history are your thing, this is a must-see.