Josh Zanoff has no doubt that if Elvis Presley would swing by Charlottesville, he would definitely stop by the Whiskey Jar to get the fried chicken and waffles or a rack of ribs with a big Pepsi, his favorite drink. “Nothing Fancy. Locally grown food prepared by hand,” the friendly manager reminds us.
This is a place for southern music, no matter rock or blues, with live concerts 4 days a week. Zanoff proudly speaks about the heritage of southern cuisine, the food of the people and a mix of African and British colonial influence: cornbread, pork, collard greens, pumpkin soup. The popular picks at the Whiskey Jar are mainly the BBQ platters (brisket, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly or oyster mushrooms), the ham steak, and chicken fried in their signature herb blend. We were too full for dessert, but we saw a freshly baked cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream that seemed to delight our neighbors’ table.
And as you might be thinking, they are whiskey specialists with a menu of around 150 types of Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, Whiskey and Irish Whiskey. You can pick your favorite whiskey, get a flight of three samples, or let the expert bartenders advise you.
The Whiskey Jar is very busy on Fridays and Saturdays and is always bustling when it is warm outside and they can open their big windows. Bourbon, live music, food and southern hospitality are the formula. At the Whiskey Jar people care about each other and food and booze always come with good energy and a southern state of mind. “Mind your biscuits and life will be gravy!”
Phone: (434) 202-1549
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-12am. Fri-Sat 11am-2am. Sun 10am-2:30pm
Text and photo: Edu Bayer