When I go out for the evening I very rarely drink beer or wine. The Drink and cocktails below are what I often order.
Vodka Martini with Blue Cheese stuffed Olives, Extra Cold and of course straight up.
Manhattan, straight up extra cold. (I often request Rye for the Whiskey, and a Luxardo cherry is appreciated)
A Vesper, (If they know how to make one).
Bourbon on the rocks. (Or a Scotch on the Rocks...Preferably Lagavulin 16)
The brand name of alcohol often plays little importance to me so long as it is a premium and the correct alcohol for the drink. (IE No Jack Daniels in a Manhattan) I generally prefer a drink before a meal and it must be large and cold. (It is quite possibly due to the fact of being overseas for a year without ice is the reason for preferring my drinks cold and with Ice.)