Between the hipster infatuation with bourbon and the brown-bitter-and-stirred leanings of the classic cocktail revival, New York City is a great place to be a whiskey drinker. These days, it seems like even the corner dive has a few solid bottles lurking behind the bar.
With such an abundance of good whiskey in NYC, it’s worth seeking out bars that approach brown spirits with a distinct point of view—whether that means curating a highly specialized bottle list, or nailing staples like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned. To help you out, we’ve featured a temple to all-American spirit in South Williamsburg, a Tribeca lounge where you’d feel right at home in a smoker’s jacket, and more.
Here are our five favorite whiskey bars in NYC.