When the weather turns brisk, the spirits go dark: floral gin gets swapped for smoke-nosed Scotch, and sunny rum makes way for spicy, robust rye. The brown slugs of fall are heartier than summer’s easy-drinking sips and leagues more complex: mash percentage, grain variety, even soil disparities can profoundly alter the taste of whiskey. That’s a hell of a lot to grasp for a connoisseur, let alone a brown-bottle newbie. Thankfully, the intimate Copper & Oak on the Lower East Side have whiskey enthusiasts covered like the sealed top of an aged barrel.
If you’re aiming to expand your knowledge of the wild world of whiskey—or you just want to sip a few lowballs of extra-special brown stuff—you’ll likely be seeking out the best whiskey bar in NYC. Whether you want to kick back in Bushwick or go highbrow on the Upper East Side, whether you want bourbon whiskey straight up or an Irish whiskey cocktail, these are the best whiskey bars in NYC.
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