Quick! Eastside quiet whiskey bar.
March 8, 2012 12:57 PM   Subscribe

I live in New York. I'd like to drink a nice glass of whiskey or three after work today. I want to do it somewhere quiet. I live in the East Village, so would like it to be somewhere close to there. Any suggestions?
posted by whitneyarner to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
It's on the LES, but a friend of mine who loves his fine whiskey just celebrated his birthday here. He definitely enjoyed himself, and it was really chill for Friday night at a bar (we were there about 6:30-8.)
posted by griphus at 1:02 PM on March 8, 2012 [2 favorites]

I would go to DBA, I think it's on the bottom of 2nd at 1st? Anyway, I went there for a stiff drink after a job interview once. It's quiet around 4 but insanely busy at night (I tried to go back on a weekend evening- no way.)

I was wrong with both spelling and address but link has both. d.b.a on 1st at 2nd.
posted by bquarters at 1:07 PM on March 8, 2012 [2 favorites]

DBA is quiet on weekdays before 8pm. In the summer they have a garden out back which is usually much calmer.
posted by larthegreat at 1:09 PM on March 8, 2012

My hardcore whiskey drinking friends love Idle Hands. But I can't speak to what it would be like in the early evening.
posted by kimdog at 1:12 PM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

my favorite late-afternoon quiet-bar is Lakeside Lounge, near Thompkins Square Park.
posted by entropone at 1:18 PM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

As Gripus mentioned Whiskey Ward is pretty good. You might not want to go every night but you should check out Brandy Library look at the whisky menu
posted by Ad hominem at 1:21 PM on March 8, 2012 [3 favorites]

+1 again for Whiskey Ward. It can get a little rowdy on weekend nights though...
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 1:26 PM on March 8, 2012

I like Whiskey Tavern down in Chinatown for an after-work drink; the same folks own Whiskey Town in the East Village.
posted by mlle valentine at 1:35 PM on March 8, 2012

Response by poster: Oh, man, I went to Whiskey Ward like six years ago and completely forgot it existed. And am so used to thinking of d.b.a. as a beer place I forgot about its excellent brown likker selection. Thanks, y'all!
posted by whitneyarner at 1:55 PM on March 8, 2012

Is Williamsburg too far for you to venture? If not, try Noorman's Kil. Opened this summer. It's a pretty laid back place.
posted by greta simone at 2:59 PM on March 8, 2012

Hudson Bar and Books is where I go when I'm in town - plenty of lovely selections. Lovely. Plenty. Oh God I wish there was one of those here.
posted by restless_nomad at 3:38 PM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I totally ended up just buying a bottle of Knob Creek and going home and playing Mass Effect, BUT THESE ARE NOTED FOR LATER.
posted by whitneyarner at 11:46 AM on March 9, 2012

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