Food & Drink

The 16 OTHER best whiskey bars in NYC

Published On 02/24/2014 Published On 02/24/2014
Andrew Zimmer
Rye House
Post Office
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Brandy Library
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1. Vintry Wine and Whiskey 57 Stone St, New York, NY 10004

From the team behind Adrienne's, Ulysses, and pretty much everything else on Stone St, VWW's a brown booze and vino temple that feels like the inside of a swanky tree thanks to a 23ft bar made of rare African "flaming bubinga" redwood.

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2. Post Office 188 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This will be, by far, the most fun you'll every have at the Post Office. There are no letters or stamps, but there is a long list of tasty craft cocktails and a food menu featuring sammies, soups, and snacks.

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3. On the Rocks 696 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019

This fun and intimate drinkery boasts one of the most extensive whiskey collections around.

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4. Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004

This Pearl St boozery/resto has something for everyone, whether you're looking for a solid adult beverage (their whiskey list is extensive and impressive) or a delicious meal (with everything from burgers to pot pie to penne).

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5. Rye House 11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

From Executive Chef Greg Johnson, Rye House has a long list of 'tails, an even longer list of spirits, and a food menu chock-full of tasty options like perogies, Truffle Grilled Cheese, and fish tacos.

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6. Idle Hands 25 Ave B, New York, NY 10009

Set up by a trio of music/entertainment vets in the subterranean hole that used to house the Warhol hang Save The Robots, Idle plays the part: concrete floors, black leather banquette-lined walls, and a stool/bench-strewn stage area.

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7. Caledonia Bar 1609 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

This low-key Upper East Side pub is unique for making old man Scotch a hit among the twenty-something generation. The Scottish owner makes his extensive spirit menu manageable by separating the bottles by their geographic origin (most are from the Highlands, Islay, and Speyside) and adding tasting notes. For those looking for something with a lower alcohol content, a few Scottish beers finish out the menu. The dark and glossy bar is the centerpiece of the tiny space, and there’s a small food menu with shareable appetizers like Scotch eggs and pork sausage rolls.

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8. Angel’s Share 8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

A Japanese speakeasy lives next to the unassuming, second-floor restaurant Village Yokocho: walk up the stairs, turn left and through an unmarked door you'll find a small but comfortable room with a dark wood bar, regal wallpaper, and a large mural depicting the namesake angelic cherubs. Long lines betray Angel's Share's secret since the place has been catering to cocktail enthusiasts for decades, so arrive early -- and with a small group. The formally dressed bartenders craft impeccable, Japanese-tinged takes on classic American cocktails that make it worth the wait.

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9. B Flat 277 Church St, New York, NY 10013

This sultry Tribeca jazz lounge has got some of the best whiskey pairings imaginable.

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10. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Housed in a historic arts building, The NoMad hotel is a stylish, Parisian-inspired luxury hotel with hardwood floors and handmade rugs. Inside the hotel is a bi-level library, an opulent lounge with a mahogany bar, and an upscale restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel is the much-lauded NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St), serving refined cocktails and upscale pub fare in a hip, lively space.

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11. Brandy Library 25 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

With ongoing “school spirit seminars,” the Brandy Library not only teaches you about craftsmanship in the liquor-making process, they will also pour you some mighty fine stiff drinks. With over 100 different cocktails on their menu and over 900 bottles in their liquor library, if you can't find something you like here, there's just no hope.

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12. The Dead Rabbit 30 Water St, New York, NY 10004

The Dead Rabbit is a cocktail sanctum, taproom, small-plates resto, and "grocery." This Irish-American-inspired duplex in the Financial District -- boasting vintage saloon-like vibes and decor -- will make you feel as if you've traveled back in time. The taproom, which is located on the ground floor, is a traditional Anglo-Hibernian pub, where you can order craft beers, bottled punch, and a variety of whiskeys. If you walk upstairs you'll find the parlor, with an ambiance equally as charming as the pub, but with a heavier focus on communal punch and cocktails. The small "grocery" is actually a corner in the taproom, where they sell an assortment of dry goods, but most notably Irish and British imports that are otherwise hard to find.

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13. Whiskey Town 29 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003

Just opened by two bartender brothers, WT offers 40 whiskeys to only 3 vodkas, iced canned beer, and a nightly rotation of The Stones' Exile on Main Street. Offsetting the cold-blooded alcoholism are surprisingly plush booths in which to languidl

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14. Whiskey Tavern 79 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

Part of the Whiskey Town family, Whiskey Tavern is a hideaway saloon in Chinatown dedicated to bourbon, rye, and Scotch. From the family of bars responsible for pioneering picklebacks, it's also home to the signature Spicyback, a whiskey shot chased with pepper-infused pickle juice. The food menu is loaded with all the usual bar bite suspects -- think tater tots with bacon and cheese sauce, fried pickles, and saucy wings.

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15. The Whiskey Brooklyn 44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The brothers behind Whiskey Town and Whiskey Tavern bring their brown liquor concept to Williamsburg with this subterranean, brick-walled bar near McCarren Park. Set in a former tonic water factory, The Whiskey Brooklyn follows a foolproof neighborhood bar formula with plenty of flat-screen TVs, two shuffleboard tables, and simple but satisfying bar food (one-third pound burgers, fried pickles, Buffalo wings). Ordering a flight of one-ounce pours is the best way to sample the expansive whiskey selection, and don't leave without doing a few pickle backs.