In New York City, there is no shortage of places to enjoy whisky, however, your mood or need may require a bar with a certain vibe. If you are looking for a good selection of whisky, but you may need the bar for different social reasons I have some recommendations. In addition, all three locations do whisky tasting and classes. Prices range from free to “Holy shit! How much?”
Maysville, Flatiron Neighborhood
Style: Easy going Location: 17 West 26th Street (Broadway & 26th)
A modern styled New Orleans gastro-esq restaurant with a backlight bar wall of whiskies to ponder. There are over 150+ bottles on the menu and tasting flights to sample. The whisky menu leans more to bourbon than scotch and the prices range from low to high depending on your selection and budget. The dining area is open and adjacent to the bar. The bar is the classic long bar topped with white marble and wooden stool seating. There are no televisions so making a conversation is necessary and on Saturdays they have Early Bourbon specials.
Maysville is a good place to go with friends for happy hour, a quick drink, or a midweek first date. It is not too dark or loud and has a nice upscale yet casual feel to it.
The Flatiron Room, Flatiron Neighborhood
Style: Romantic Location: 37 West 26th Street (Broadway & 26th)
A high ceiling space with wooden tables and chairs with an old school lounge type of vibe. The walls are cabinets full of whisky and a moveable ladder for the bartenders to retrieve purchased or stored customer bottles. There is a light food menu available but the focus is the whisky menu. There are around a 1,000 (+/-) bottles on the menu so there is something for everyone. Reservations are strongly recommend as the bar space is very small with limited seating and no television. Several nights a week, there is live music lounge/jazz music.
The Flatiron Room is the type of place you take a date to for drinks or after a nice dinner. A group of friends works fine too, but I find it more a table for two type of place.
The Brandy Library, Tribeca Neighborhood
Style: Business Location: 25 North Moore Street (North Moore St & Varick St)
Wall Street is the first thing I think of every time I walk in the door, but not in the douche bag coked up asshole type of way. A long wooden bar, soft lighting, leather cushioned seats, and cocktail tables set a comfortable business tone. The space is very clean and the staff is well dressed and professional. The walls are shelved and full of all the bottles on the thick leather bound menu. Small bites of food are available and there is not television at the bar. An added bonus is the small outside seating where you can smoke a cigar and enjoy your drink.
The Brandy Library is a good place for drinks with friends, happy hour, or date. Prices are fair but not cheap as you are in a trendy area. I have been recently with a few friends from out of town and they really enjoyed it.
If you like it, drink it!
The Story of Scotch Whisky : A Journey of Discovery Into the World’s Noblest Spirit
This beautifully produced paean, The Story of Scotch Whisky, goes on an incredible journey. Written by a Scotsman who considers it a blessing to grow up with Scotch whisky, you will learn about the history of whisky distillation, the famous men whose passion can be found in their special malts.