American Whiskey

Bars, Cocktail bars Midtown West
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American Whiskey
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Midtown whiskey-sluggers can soak up the dark stuff at this three-story booze lodge, from industry vets Jessie Duré (Dick and Jane's), Moses Laboy (Red Rooster) and Duane Fernandez (Acme). The leather-and-oak-accented main bar—with 36 flatscreens and mounted bison heads—offers one- and two-ounce pours of 150 domestic whiskeys and 75 Scotch and Irish varieties. Along with the hooch, there's a daily Sixpoint Righteous Rye-and-Fireball (cinnamon whiskey) special and two on-tap cocktails: Remember the Maine (rye, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering and absinthe) and the Drambuie de Humo (Drambuie, tequila, mescal, vermouth and orange bitters). Gussied-up bar bites are also available, such as sliders with foie gras butter, beer-brined wings and duck-fat-fried Tots. The second-floor bar is a Theodore Roosevelt–inspired loft complete with taxidermied animals and pictures of the President, and the basement holds a private party room called the Barrel for fantasy-football bashes.


Venue name: American Whiskey
Address: 247 W 30th St
New York
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 4pm–midnight; Wed–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th St–Penn Station
Price: Average cocktail: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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One of the only spots I'll go to in Midtown, especially good for a post-work happy hour. Its location just around the corner from MSG makes it a convenient destination for just about everyone. Their daily beer/whiskey specials are worth looking at, and the poutine-style (cheese curd/gravy) tater tots worth staying for. It can get pretty crowded early on, but if you can secure a table you can really make a night out of it. The food can be a little pricey, but it's damn good. And if you happen to find yourself there on a night they're running a promo, 2 words: FREE SHOTS! (I've lucked out with that on 2 occasions). They also make a very good Old Fashioned, if that's your kinda thing (its mine - they're legit). The decor (taxidermy, lots of wood) makes you feel like you're in some sort of hunting lodge with a distillery in the basement...Basically, AW is the best thing to happen to the after-work scene in midtown in, like...forever.