There's no better way to get to know a spirit than than by trying several of them in one fell swoop. Refine your preferences at the spots below, where you can explore scotch, tequila and even Italian apéritifs by sampling them side by side.
Wine may be the first drink that comes to mind when we talk French food, but Étoile Cuisine et Bar also prides itself on a robust whiskey list. Its stellar $20 flight allows you to select three favorites from 45 to 50 rotating varieties that include single malts (Aberlour A’bunadh), blended whiskeys (Monkey Shoulder Scotch) and Irish ones (Greenore Single Grain). Taking it to the next level, offerings also include specially allocated whiskeys and highly sought-after selections such as the Macallan Rare Cask.
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd.; 832-668-5808
It's a Japanese whiskey party at sushi hot spot Kata Robata where you can score a flight of three one-ounce pours of Nikka (12-year), Hibiki (12-year), Yamazaki single malt (12-year) and the likes for $30.
3600 Kirby Dr.; 713-526-8858
Weekends are extra special at Washington Ave. bar Julep thanks to the Sunday spirit flight. Check social media to keep up with the ever-changing menu, but recent offerings include a killer rye whiskey trio of Redemption Barrel Proof, Wild Turkey and WhistlePig's "The Boss Hog" nicknamed the Spirit of Mortimer for $15
Stay on the pursuit of Pappy Van Winkle, the limited-edition bourbon released just once or twice a year, at Backstreet Cafe. Three half-ounce pours can be yours for $16 when the rare liquid goodness hits the shelves, alongside Orphan Barrel's Forged Oak 15-year bourbon and Balvenie's DoubleWood 12-year scotch. As for the rest of the year, the River Oaks gem has other top-notch options. Choose from a a single-malt scotch flight with Cragganmore 12-year Speyside, Oban 14-year Highlands and Talisker 10-year Skye ($14) and an amaro flight of Italian digestifs: Averno, Cardamaro and Fernet Branca ($10).
1103 S. Shepherd Dr.; 713-521-2239
The Cordua Group doesn't disappoint when it comes to boozy flights. At two of its restaurants, Americas and Churrascos, they roll in three one-ounce pours. Options include flights of scotch ($24) rum ($20) or tequila ($27), which includes an option of a spirit from Cordua's private label.