MWL, One Year In

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 8.36.47 PMWhen Multnomah Whiskey Library opened its doors last fall, Portland had never seen anything quite like this handsome downtown den of whiskey excess, oozing old money refinement and boasting a boggling bottle collection, dashing vest-clad bartenders mixing tableside via vintage cocktail carts, and an inch-thick drink menu dubbed “The Bible.”

Word spread, waits ballooned, and the library’s memberships sold out in a snap. A year later, the waits are still as long, the bartenders are still as dashing, memberships are still as hard to come by as a bottle of Pappy, and MWL is now a firm fixture on the discerning drinker’s spirits circuit.

Last week, I retired to the Library’s Tasting Room with general manager Jake Heil and events manager Jen Quist to discuss the challenges of a seated bar, the nuances of genteel bribery, $15,000 bar tabs, and exactly who has to dust all those bottles.

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