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Copper & Oak

  • Bars
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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    Copper & Oak

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    Paul Wagtouicz

    Yamazaki puncheon at Copper & Oak

  3. Paul Wagtouicz
    Paul Wagtouicz

    Yamazaki puncheon at Copper & Oak


Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Dark spirits are heartier than their clear counterparts, 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.

ORDER THIS: Dive deep into the brown stuff at Copper & Oak, from Brandy Library’s Flavien Desoblin, which boasts a collection of hard-to-find Japanese whiskeys including Suntory’s Yamazaki Puncheon, fragrant with vanilla and citrus, or the 12-year-old blended Hibiki, partly matured in plum wine barrels to give it notes of oak and fruit.

GOOD FOR: Copper & Oak could pass for a small library, with backlit bookshelves crammed with 600 bottles of dark-hued elixirs—it’s an apt setting for those looking to expand their whiskey wisdom. The booze-geek haven takes its namesake seriously: The walls are made of deconstructed bourbon barrels and the caps from an old copper whiskey bottle act as knobs on the bathroom sink.

THE CLINCHER: Not a whiskey drinker? Copper & Oak obliges with one- or two-ounce pours of tequila and rum. There are a few kinks—Copper’s snug space guarantees that the flourescent light outside regularly flashes WE ARE FULL, making for less-than-ideal conditions if you want room to explore their menu—but like a fine rye, this whiskey temple will mature deliciously.

Written by
Elyse Wanshel


157 Allen St
New York
Cross street:
between Rivington and Stanton Sts
Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave; J, Z to Bowery
Average drink: $18. AmEx, MC, V
Opening hours:
Tue–Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 2pm-10pm
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