East Side Show Room, East Sixth
What you’re drinking: Hibiki 12 Year Japanese Whisky Highball (whisky, carbonated water over ice with a lemon twist) or The Final Say (rye whiskey, lime juice, green Chartreuse, and maraschino liqueur)
The scene: Almost intimidatingly beautiful, vintage, and hip at first -- the staff here is incredibly friendly, and if you show up a bit early you’ll be greeted by a bar staff who are more than enthusiastic to talk shop with you, and by "shop", we mean whatever spirit is their favorite that month and why. The bar boasts a lovingly curated selection of whiskeys and whiskys, some standouts include George T. Stagg bourbon and the entire Pappy Van Winkle family. Tip from ESSR bar maestro, Justin Mork: "Don’t be afraid to put a splash of water on a higher proof whiskey after your initial sips, it unlocks the fat molecules, opening up more flavor." Done, and done.