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Amber Deem, owner of the Office Whiskey Parlor, which opens next week in Parkersburg, will offer table service to pour drinks any way you want, whether neat, on the rocks or with a splash of water. (Photo by Candice Black)

PARKERSBURG – Whiskey can literally be found by the barrel as one walks between two authentic barrels of whiskey in the Office Whiskey Parlor, a new bar opening next weekend in Parkersburg.

For the past 15 years, owner Amber Deem has worked in the hospitality industry, developing a standard for providing a more upscale, yet cozy atmosphere with high quality cocktails.

While Office Whiskey Parlor serves a wide variety of different liquor options, the focus is on the 65 different types of whiskey on offer, ranging from scotch to bourbon or rye.

“We have a lot of bars in town, most of them offer the same things, but there is no other place in town that only offers whisky.” said Deem.

The spirits on offer range from mid-range to premium and the cocktails are crafted with quality as the top priority. If a drink isn’t on the menu, Deem said she keeps a bartender’s guide handy for making any type of drink you want.

When the Office Whiskey Parlor opens next weekend in Parkersburg, six different types of whiskey flights will be offered. (Photo by Candice Black)

“We are more about the quality of the drinks than the quantity. You come here and you get a good balanced and good quality cocktail on more cocktails”, said Deem.

The drink menu has been selected by Deem and every recipe has been perfected. His favorite cocktail is the well-known Old Fashioned which contains bourbon and fruit.

“It’s a classic, older cocktail. It’s the perfect balance of bourbon and fruit and it’s so appealing. she says.

Generally, women prefer vodkas to bolder spirits like whiskey, but Deem said she hopes to find a new favorite for the ladies.

“All cocktails are consistent with balance to ensure we hit that mark every time to avoid throwing a drink off balance and having it taste bad.” said Deem. “I browsed and found a lot of beautiful girly cocktails to appeal to women so they have more variety.

Prohibition/Speakeasy era is the vibe at Office Whiskey Parlor, an upscale bar opening next weekend in Parkersburg. (Photo by Candice Black)

The whiskey will be served at the table with fresh ice or water depending on the customer’s preference. Whether the desire is a pure drink (without added water or ice), on the rocks or with a dash of water, it will be served in a glass specific to this need.

One of the dishes on the menu is the Whiskey Seduction which contains rye, pino noir, blackcurrant liqueur and lemon juice with a lemon garnish.

A few food options will be available with appetizers such as spinach artichoke dip and smoked salmon bites, four different types of paninis and cheesecake bites or small ganaches for something sweet.

Deem hopes to bring a vintage, speakeasy vibe to the salon, which will involve customers dressing as if they’re on a first date. Business casual attire will be required in the salon.

“We try to keep this atmosphere. I lived in Columbus for 10 years. We used to go to good bars and people were well dressed and I want to bring that here. she says.

Throughout the lounge, every decorative piece is designed to make patrons feel like they’re drinking in a Prohibition-era bar. With comfy leather armchairs, black and white artwork on the walls, and splashes of color throughout, the atmosphere takes you back in time.

“We brought in prohibition and the repeal of the 18th Amendment because it is whiskey, and that is what this is about. Whiskey has a very troubled past,” said Deem. “We want you to come in, get comfortable, sit back, relax, sip your drink, enjoy and (converse). It’s that atmosphere, we’ve thought about it a lot.

The “Whiskey Parlor Office” was born because the space was literally an office space before the transformation. To pay homage to the original space, banker’s lamps are arranged throughout to accompany the name of the desk.

Opening night will be Friday, May 14 from 4-10 p.m. at 4100 College Parkway in Parkersburg. It is open Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Happy hour will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with food and drink specials changing weekly.

Only people 21 and over can enter and each person must show their ID.

Candice Black can be contacted at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.




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