Whiskey Places – Iguana Cafe

As always, remember that when I’m ranking a Whiskey Place, that is exactly what I’m doing. I’m primarily ranking it as a Whiskey Place, and while the food and setting can impact that, I’m really ranking the place based on if I’d go there solely to have Whiskey Dreams.

So how does Iguana Bistro + Cafe stand up? The staff were really nice, and there was a “Chess meat up” going on while we were there. It was interesting to see this smallish bistro turn into a very friendly game night. It made the place very homey.

On the whiskey side, I got a little worried because other than the martini list, and a Jameson Moscow Mule, I didn’t really see any whiskey drinks.

Iguana Café Martini Menu

They do have a bar though, and thankfully didn’t blink when I asked for a Manhattan. Made with what? I have no idea. The waitress was zooming around and I’m not sure if there was also a bit of a language barrier. Just to be clear, I’m not complaining. She was really busy and got our drinks very quickly, she was just super busy and didn’t have time to stand around and chat.

I’m guessing they used a rye whiskey. The sip starts very mildly sweet, then turns to cinnamon and finishes with a nice pepper and subtle wood char. Overall, a very nice Manhattan. I liked it so much I ordered another and enjoyed it as I watched a ten year old kid demolish three adults in quick succession in chess.

Iguana Café Manhattan

I didn’t order any food, but one of my friends had a meatloaf sandwich and said they enjoyed it. I got the sense from everyone who was eating that the food was excellent.

As a Whiskey Place I’ve got to give the Iguana Café a 45/100. It is a nice café and I would go back for lunch to try the food, but it is essentially an upscale neighborhood bar with the whiskey’s you’d find there.

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