Meet me at the whiskey fountain.

By Mike Pomranz
September 02, 2020
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Few things in life are as enjoyable as a really nice whiskey. I’m also well aware that if my night turns to brown spirits, it’s often best I don’t leave the house just in case those 40-percent-plus ABVs catch up with me. That’s part of the appeal of a whiskey-themed hotel: try all the tipples you like and, when you’re ready to turn in, just make sure your room key matches the door.

Whisky-focused hotels (spelled without the “e,” of course) are already common in Scotland, but the idea seems to be catching on outside the birthplace of Scotch. London got its first whisky hotel in the past year, and now, new details have emerged about whiskey-inspired lodgings set to arrive in Los Angeles in 2022.

Dubbed simply The Whisky Hotel (perhaps hinting that the forthcoming establishment will favor Scotch over bourbon?), the brand new 134-room, seven-story property is currently being built in the heart of Hollywood at 1717 N. Wilcox Avenue. News emerged that the site was cleared earlier this year, but last week, What Now Los Angeles (WNLA) reported that the project was officially moving ahead with $35 million in funding.

The boozy hotel is spearheaded by restaurateur Adolfo Suaya who’s already well established in Southern California with bars and restaurants including Gaucho Grill, The Phoenix, and the Surly Goat. “The project is well underway,” he told WNLA. “We finished all the shoring and are going [vertical] very soon.”

“The Whisky Hotel aims to carve a niche in the growing whiskey tourism industry and plans to do so by providing a unique experience for connoisseurs and amateurs alike,” a spokesperson added. “Upon arrival, guests will be served complimentary whiskey in the lobby. Suaya wants to make every inch of this hotel an immersive experience, from the smell and the music to the whiskey sommelier on staff who will help guests expand their palates.”

Other planned features reportedly include a whiskey fountain in the lobby (you can let your mind run wild about what that exactly means) and well-stocked minibars filled with craft whiskey in every room. And no whiskey hotel is complete without places to drink. The Whisky Hotel will feature a greenhouse-style bar and restaurant on the roof providing (possibly blurry) views of the neighborhood.