Belly up next to the friendly guy in the kilt or snag one of Merlins Rest's comfortably regal leather booths. The band, a.k.a. those guys sitting unassumingly at the front table, is about to start. The cozy British pub in working-class south Minneapolis is bustling and no one's zoning out staring at the TVs, because there are none. There is, however, an intriguing book going around that meticulously catalogs the best whiskey list in the state — a quiet, impressive feat for the neighborhood tavern. The 230-plus single malt whiskeys feel like owner Lee Tomlin's personal stash, which the scotch lover shares with neighbors by the dram or half dram. For those of us not making top-shelf scotch dough, the half pour makes sipping that $20 whiskey for $10 possible.