Bars to cure the winter blues
January 27, 2015
There is so much to explore in the city, but winter always makes me want to curl up in my radiator-baked apartment and sleep until April. However, the past couple of weeks have left me longing to have a list of bars where whiskey abounds and fireplaces burn, to have escapes that may be almost as cozy as my apartment. New York City may have come through Winter Storm Juno relatively unscathed, but with more snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast, I think we all need as many cozy retreats as possible. So I began reaching out to some New York bourbon experts to get their picks for the best winter bourbon bars:
"My suggestion is Noorman's Kil. Huge whiskey selection, much of it unusual or rare bourbons with an emphasis on distillers—not just rows of sourced labels. Staff knows a ton; the grilled cheeses are delicious and perfect for cold weather and cozy interior in the heart of North Brooklyn. Incidentally, they have a great yard, so it's the rare bar that's good in winter and summer."
- Colin Spoelman, Co-founder of Kings County Distillery
"Far and away my favorite bourbon bar in NYC is The Flatiron Room. They nail it; a true whiskey lover's mecca. The vibe is always laid back yet classy. The selection is ridiculous, the pricing is fair, and if you wish, you can buy a bottle and they'll keep it for you in one of their lighted cabinets that embellish the room. If you're in the mood, their cocktails are inspired and great. Many nights they have excellent live music. Also, they teach a variety of in-depth whiskey classes for beginners & aficionados. Oh, and their food is great too. Flatiron Room is the full package."
-Vince Oleson, Whiskey Specialist