Whiskey Places – TGI Fridays

My wife and I used to hit this TGI Fridays on a monthly basis as we both worked nearby and would meet for lunch whenever we could.

My suggestion, get the Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips. These are the reason I go to TGI Fridays and they really do make it worth the visit.

Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips

However, we are here to talk about whiskey, and TGI Fridays is just not a place to go if you are looking for whiskey selection. The cocktail menu is just very limited:

TGI Fridays Premium Spirits

Our server was incredibly nice and helpful, but when I asked what the whiskey’s they had I couldn’t help but chuckle internally when she said they had Jameson, Maker’s Mark, and Straight Kentucky, which is just the descriptor on their menu for Maker’s.

So of course I went with a Maker’s Mark Manhattan. As our waitress delivered the drink she apologized and said the bartender was new, so your experience with TGI Fridays may be different.

Maker’s Mark Manhattan

What I got was a watered down glass Maker’s Mark. I don’t think there was any vermouth in it and hardly any whiskey either.

I told the waitress no worries, everyone has to start somewhere, and drank the drink – but did not order another, and yes, I still left a nice tip.

The Whiskey-Glazed Sesame Chicken Strips are the reason to go to TGI Fridays for me, but when ranking it as a Whiskey Place I have to give it a 1/100, setting a new record low for “Will Never Go Back” Whiskey Places.

Next time I pass a TGI Fridays I’ll go in and give them another try, but with such a limited whiskey menu, I can’t really imagine it getting much better.

PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
Cinder BarClarksboro, NJ96High CostManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91Moderate CostManhattan
The Irish WhisperNational Harbor, MD90High CostIrish Whiskey
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & SteaksNational Harbor, MD80High CostManhattan
The Dead RabbitNew York, NY75High CostMultiple
Iron Hill BreweryWilmington, DE71High CostKentucky Connection
Cadillac RanchNational Harbor, MD70Moderate CostMultiple
Harry’s Savoy GrillWilmington, DE67High CostManhattan
Ted’s Montana GrillNewark, DE66Moderate CostNewly Fashioned
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
AlewifeRichmond, VA63High CostManhattan
roanokeChicago, IL55High CostBlack Manhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53Low CostManhattan
Da AndreaNew York, NY50High CostManhattan
Iguana CafeChicago, IL45Moderate CostManhattan
The Greene TurtleNewark, DE40Moderate CostManhattan
Restaurante Montserrat ManorPunta Cana, DR35High CostManhattan
Dave & Buster'sDeptford, NJ30Moderate CostManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26High CostManhattan
Old Fashioned
The Brass TapNational Harbor, MD25Moderate CostManhattan
Carrol's Creek CafeAnnapolis, MD21High CostManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10High CostManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5Low CostManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Moderate CostManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost