Are you talking about Bourbon on 18th St.? Or the Jack Rose on 18th St.? Or Bourbon in Glover Park?
Bourbon: good liquors and whiskeys behind the bar, jiggers and so forth. Both my Manhattan and my Sazerac were free-poured and shaken. What???? (Meanwhile other people ordered drinks that were carefully stirred and measured...I don't get this.) It's comfortable downstairs, a shit-show upstairs.
Thought Bourbon was so weird. Like why are they a pain about serving the whole bourbon list upstairs? It's the kind of place where you have to sacrifice atmosphere for the drinks. I'll do that for food occasionally, not booze.
Basically, I've only had 1 guy make my drinks at Bourbon, and he's rarely behind the stick these days, as he's now managing...but I agree with you both about the weirdness of those places and policies. If it wasn't for their amazing booze selections...who the fuck shakes a Saz?
Glad you liked Ace; I even get my Maraschino cherries there!