17 Of The Absolute Best Whiskey Bars In New York City

Whiskey crawl, anyone? Conveniently sorted by location.

If you’ve ever been in search of a decent whiskey in the city, we’re here to help.

1. Astoria (Queens): Sweet Afton

Location: 30-09 34th St. (between 30th and 31st Avenues) Astoria, NY 11103
Foursquare rating: 9.5 / 10
Known for: Fried pickles, pickleback shots, and a wide array of local liquors.

2. TriBeCa: Brandy Library

Location: 25 N Moore St. (at Varick) New York, NY 10013
Foursquare rating: 9.3 / 10
Known for: Largest selection of scotches in New York, over 900 spirits and 100 cocktails.

3. Financial District: Fraunces Tavern

Location: 54 Pearl St. (Broad Street) New York, NY 10004
Foursquare rating: 8.7 / 10
Known for: Extensive selection of whiskeys and a favorite hangout of George Washington, himself.

4. Lower East Side: The Whiskey Ward

Location: 21 Essex St. (at Rivington Street) New York, NY 10002
Foursquare rating: 8.9 / 10
Known for: Buffalo Trace bourbon.

5. Chinatown: Whiskey Tavern

Location: 79 Baxter St. (at Bayard Street) New York, NY 10013
Foursquare rating: 9.1 / 10
Known for: Spicy pickleback shots and tater tots with chipotle mayo.

6. Flatiron: Rye House

Location: 11 W 17th St/ (between 5th and 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10011
Foursquare rating: 9.4 / 10
Known for: Truffle grilled cheese and a generous whiskey sampler.

7. Flatiron Part II: Maysville

Location: 17 W 26th St. (at Broadway) New York, NY 10010
Foursquare rating: 9.1 / 10
Known for: Barrel-aged American whiskey cocktails and their crispy grits.

8. Alphabet City: Idle Hands Bar

Location: 25 Avenue B (at E 3rd Street) New York, NY 10009
Foursquare rating: 9.6 / 10
Known for: Reasonably priced craft beers and bourbons served by helpful bartenders.

9. East Village: d.b.a.

Location: 41 1st Ave. (between 2nd and 3rd Street) New York, NY 10003
Foursquare rating: 9.2 / 10
Known for: An awesome patio and hot mulled cider with rum or whiskey.

10. West Village: Highlands

Location: 150 W 10th St. (at Waverly Place) New York, NY 10014
Foursquare rating: 9.1 / 10
Known for: Authentic Scottish foods and their famous Sweet Ginger Brown cocktail.

11. West Village Part II: Hudson Bar & Books

Location: 636 Hudson St. (between Jane & Horatio) New York, NY 10014
Foursquare rating: 8.7 / 10
Known for: Best place to smoke a cigar and drink a scotch.

12. Hell’s Kitchen: On The Rocks

Location: 696 10th Ave (between48th and 49th Street) New York, NY 10019
Foursquare rating: 7.9 / 10
Known for: Manhattan with vanilla bitters.

13. Midtown: The Campbell Apartment

Location: 15 Vanderbilt Ave (Grand Central Terminal)
Foursquare rating: 9.4 / 10
Known for: A mean old fashioned. And for Gossip Girl fans, this is the bar where Nate and Serena famously did the dirty.

14. Upper East Side: Caledonia Scottish Pub

Location: 609 2nd Ave (between 83rd and 84th) New York, NY 10028
Foursquare rating: 8.8 / 10
Known for: Great bartenders and over 150 different kinds of whiskey from Scotland, Japan, Ireland, and the U.S.

15. Upper West Side: Barley & Grain

Location: 421 Amsterdam Ave (between 80th and 81st Street) New York, NY 10024
Foursquare rating: 7.3 / 10
Known for: Watermelon refresher cocktail made with bourbon.

16. Williamsburg (Brooklyn): The Whiskey Brooklyn

Location: 44 Berry St. (between N 11th and N 12th Street) Brooklyn, NY 11211
Foursquare rating: 9.0 / 10
Known for: Spicy picklebacks and a plethora of parlor games.

17. Crown Heights (Brooklyn): The Crown Inn

Location: 724 Franklin Ave/ (at Park Place) Brooklyn, NY 11238
Foursquare rating: 9.2 / 10
Known for: Great happy hours, awesome bartenders, and a wide selection of imported whiskeys.

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