We teamed up with our friends at Jameson Irish Whiskey (who else?) to bring you the ultimate roundup of bars perfect for sipping whiskey and socializing this weekend. What better way for strangers to become friends, and for friends to become family, than with Ireland’s favorite spirit?
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Where to drink whiskey
The former dive that was known for a rickety pool table and sketchy bathroom is now the most popular bar in Sunnyside after its renovation—and it’s a frequent filming location for local studios. Take a group of friends to the spacious downstairs bar that hosts a DJ on Saturdays with a space for dancing. 4115 Queens Blvd, Queens (718-433-3067, maggiemaesbar.com
Located across the street from Port Authority and its many quirks (if you call never listing your departing gate a quirk), at Beer Authority patrons can enjoy pretzel-bun sliders in a spacious bar area with high industrial ceilings and a patio area overlooking the bus depot. Do pair one of their craft beers with a shot of Jameson Caskmates, whiskey finished in stout seasoned craft beer barrels. 400 W 40th St (212-510-8415, beerauthoritynyc.com)
Don’t let the giant stuffed buffalo heads fool you: Rustically quaint might be the aesthetic, but this midtown bar is a serious contender among NYC whiskey havens, offering 150 domestic whiskeys, 75 Scotch and Irish types, and custom whiskey slushies. This haunt also boasts a grown-up menu of bar favorites; let us know what you think about their venison sliders and duck-fat fried tater tots. 247 W 30th St (212-967-1070, americanwhiskeynyc.com)
This well-loved East-Village sports bar is more than just a one-trick pony. So while you may walk into a group of hardcore March Madness enthusiasts, the upstairs bar might be hosting the season premiere of your favorite show (though Game of Thrones finales and premieres are practically the Superbowl for some). Whatever you visit the Professor for, there’s one thing everyone can agree on—those loaded nachos. 219 Second Ave (212-260-9480, professorthoms.com)
With dollar pizza, Skee ball and five shots of Jameson for $20, the Charleston has cracked the code for what it takes to become Williamsburg’s favorite neighborhood watering hole. Scarf down a slice and enjoy a laid-back St. Patrick’s Day with the four new friends you made when you shared those whiskey shots. 174 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn (718-599-9599, charlestonbarbrooklyn.com)
Serving up New England cottage-chic vibes and oysters in the half shell paired with inventive cocktails, the Grey Lady cemented itself as an LES fixture. 77 Delancey St (646-580-5239, greyladynyc.com)
Don’t go to this sports bar if you’re expecting an early night. Do expect, though, to run into several exes, your TA from college and that one girl you interned with whose name you don’t remember. Equip yourself with the knowledge of this inevitability and go in there ready to enjoy a round of shots and a pitcher of beer with your friends. Who knows, you might end up playing beer pong with your freshman year RA. 149 Second Ave (212-228-8020)
The lesser-known saying is “never judge a bar by its name” (probably), but in this case, trusting a local neighborhood pub named Jameson’s is one of the most solid bets you can make for whiskey. Enjoy live music and elevated pub fare at this Irish bar that brings in both locals and tourists, and think about sampling Caskmates for a combo of flavors you can only get from a whiskey aged in stout-seasoned barrels. 975 Second Ave (212-588-0146, jamesonsny.com)
No whirlwind weekend that involves drinking is complete without a session of heavily Snapchatted karaoke to look back over in the morning, and at Keats, you can do that for free six days a week. The sports bar is known for having deals like a killer happy hour on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm, but the real draw is the music: Loosen up those pipes with some whiskey. 842 Second Ave (212-682-5490, keatsbar.com)
If you end up in the Meatpacking district and are looking for some respite from glowering bouncers and high heels, let the Brass Monkey be your unpretentious oasis. With its fairy lights and potted plants, the Monkey boasts probably the one awesome rooftop deck you don't have to wait on line for in the neighborhood. Go ahead and raise a glass of their whiskey-infused frozen coffee to that. 55 Little W 12th St (844-344-1200, brassmonkeynyc.com)
This is probably the most Irish bar in New York City, so if you have a mind to travel to the Bronx, you’re in for an authentic experience. 445 West 238th Street (718-884-7127, anbealbochtcafe.com)
This Astoria favorite known for super-inventive cocktails goes all out every weekend, and you should too (whiskey for everyone!). 40-11 30th Ave, Queens (917-832-6680, passageastoria.com)