There’s upscale scotch and then there’s Macallan 64. The last of the single malt scotch fetched a cool $460,000 at auction last year, but those wanting a taste aren’t completely out of luck: The only remaining shot of the 64-year-old scotch was capped and shipped by Macallan to Montage Beverly Hills. The distillery partnered with the hotel’s bar Ten Pound, a clubby little space laden with Hollywood VIPs. (Ten Pound is the only official Macallan partner bar in the United States; the other two are in Macau and Moscow).
The shot is $64,000 and proceeds will be donated to charity. But make no mistake — if you order the Macallan 64, you’ll get the full star treatment. The mini bottle, sealed for authenticity, will be presented tableside and you’ll have a choice of four different ice cubes made with imported water from the very river running outside Macallan’s distillery in Scotland.
Can’t fathom shelling out that kind of dough for booze? Then hit up one of these spots in the Beverly Hills area for an alternative (but still luxe) scotch drinking experience:
Seven Grand. This downtown L.A. bar has an upscale hunting lodge feel and often stocks rare, one-time releases. Belly up to the bar for the Macallan 55 Year ($1,200) or a Glenlivet 1972 Cellar Collection ($140).
The Lobby Lounge at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Known as the Writer’s Bar to locals, this popular spot caters to its traditional, high-end clientele with big names like Macallan 12 Year ($55) and Johnnie Walker Blue ($50).
The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Opt for a green leather booth or a more secluded table in the area behind the lounge and order the Macallan 57 Year ($2,800 per two ounces). Soak up the exclusivity while you swirl, sip and savor.
Photo courtesy of Montage Beverly Hills