New York City is home to another in a series of distinctly Scottish offerings. Whisky is everywhere, and it’s become a big tourist draw: Considered Scotland’s top liquor, whisky is often served at its restaurants and bars.
Whether pouring a standard dram or showing off rare spirits at a special dinner, whisky is a huge draw in NYC. Here are a few of our favorite whisky offerings, from Williamsburg to Harlem.
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Bluemouth Whisky Collection at the Savoy Hotel at 1111 Avenue of the Americas
No matter where you go in NYC, chances are you’ll find the Savoy hotel. Even on the East Side, this iconic hotel always seems to be ready to welcome guests. Recently it released a selection of whiskeys, all on tap, at the bar. The Midnight Martini – a shot of whiskey plus one Prosecco – is one of the most popular, while the Bar Tipple incorporates rye whiskey, gin, and whisky, and the Bar Tipple II blends a cocktail of whiskey and tequila. At night, while everyone is sitting at the bar, people in the room are always calling the bartender for a drink.
Avenue Sam’s Whisky Bar at the Criterion Hotel on West 57th Street in NYC
This great room upstairs at the Criterion Hotel is mostly used for business, but every once in a while we stop in to see what the mood is like. We especially enjoy having a dram here on a weekday afternoon, after our goodie bag of cigars at Escobar Cigars on the Upper East Side. There’s a full range of whiskeys to try, from the standard expressions to the rarer labels. That said, we love a good Scotch brunch, and when the brunch time is broken up between the bar and the nightclub next door, then the bar becomes more like a hotel bar.
The Devils Club Bar at the Veranda Hotel on West 77th Street in NYC
The Veranda Hotel serves some fantastic cocktails, many of which I have come to love from the NYC bars that serve interesting concoctions. When you walk down the street, look for the Devils Club Bar, where the new owner offers an incredible selection of liquors on tap.
The Mill Bar at The Claremont Hotel on West 56th Street in NYC
I love the drink menu at the Claremont Hotel, but the Mill Bar is in my top three. As their name suggests, the Mill Bar is a mix of old and new, representing vintage and modern liquor—and the cocktails change frequently.
Columbus Bar at The Bowery Hotel on West Street in NYC
I like to go to the smaller bars in NYC. A few of my favorites are the Columbus Bar at the Bowery Hotel and the Four Bars in the lobby of The James Hotel in Midtown. The grand Columbus Bar opened in 2015, after extensive renovations, and this year it relaunched with a refreshed menu and DJs every night. The Prohibition-themed Four Bars has equally classic and modern offerings.
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