Saint Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and one of the best ways to celebrate is with a few friends and an Irish whiskey cocktail! There are plenty of great bars in the city, but the best ones are the ones that offer you delicious Irish-themed drinks. Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a stiff Irish whiskey drink at these five New York City spots.
609 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
If you want to find the perfect weekend lunch spot, head to Noorman’s Kil in Brooklyn. Not only do they serve up the best grilled cheese in the city (we recommend the Sylvia: Empire Jack, Herbes de Provence, sliced tomatoes on ciabatta), their selection of whiskeys is almost unmatched. You will have over 400 drink options to choose from, so choose wisely! For a drink to warm you up, try their Hot Toddy, with Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, honey, lemon, cinnamon and cloves. At Noorman’s, you can join a regular whiskey tasting or take part in one of the many events to learn more about the drink. And if that wasn’t enough, the bar also features a big backyard perfect for sips during summertime.
Death & Company
433 E. 6th St.
New York, NY 10009
A bar that claims speakeasy fame, Death & Company likes to experiment and provides plenty of cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else. An entire section of their extensive drink menu is dedicated to whiskey. Try the Irish Libation with green apple, pepper jelly, egg white, sarsparilla, cream sherry and more. Try your drink, shaken or stirred, for $15 apiece.
Swift Hibernian Lounge
34 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
This Irish bar was named after Jonathan Swift, an Irish writer and patriot, and the bar itself is outfitted with old church pews and a pulpit from Swift’s own parish. The atmosphere is pure Irish, with the drinks to match. The lounge is known for maintaining one of the best collections of Irish whiskey in the city, and there’s good reason for that claim. Even the names of their whiskey cocktails are Irish themed, including Irish Penicillin, Captain Gulliver, Irish Old Fashion’d and Water of Life.
599 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
You haven’t partied if you haven’t been to Lansdowne Road. From the cold beers on tap to the shot machines, this Irish pub has a lot of fun with alcohol. Irish whiskey is a staple here, and you can even join the 1872 Club, which challenges you to try all the whiskeys in the pub over the course of your visits. Complete your passport of just 50 different whiskeys, and you’ll win a rugby shirt!
Fáilte Irish Whiskey Bar
531 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10016
You know you are in the right place when the bar is named after the drink you are searching for. Fáilte is Gaelic for “welcome,” and that is exactly how you’ll feel when you enter this Manhattan pub. The establishment has a fireplace, pool table and a bar with 25 different Irish whiskey options. Bring your friends to Fáilte Irish Whiskey Bar for a fun night out.
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