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Where to Find Great Scotch in New York City

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The time and craftsmanship that goes into distilling great Scotch make it highly sought after and often collectible. Each region in Scotland is famous for its distinct attributes, and Scotch fans are fiercely loyal to their favorite brands. If you're looking for a smooth drink in NYC, these are the bars with the best Scotch selections.

The Flatiron Room

One of the most celebrated whiskey bars in New York City is The Flatiron Room, and it's a top-notch place to go for a great Scotch. Since 2012, it has been recognized as a destination spot for whiskey lovers, jazz enthusiasts and foodies alike. The whole drinks menu is more than 60 pages long, including more than 20 pages of Scotch organized by region.

Taste your way through Scotland starting in Campbeltown to the south with a dram of Springbank. Then try a smoky, peaty pour of Ardbeg from Islay or a dram from Speyside, the region with the most distilleries. The bone marrow is a deliciously fatty, succulent menu item to pair with any Scotch whisky. Pro tip: order a dram and do a whisky luge through the spent marrow bones for a unique taste explosion!

The Whiskey Ward

Whiskey bars don't have to be pretentious, and The Whiskey Ward is proof. There are more than 100 Scotches offered here, and there's something for every budget. Spend as little as $9 for a pour of Dewar's or splurge on a 50-year-old blended Scotch for $50. Pull up a chair at the well-worn wooden bar or challenge a friend to a game of pool while sipping a glass of your favorite Scottish whisky. 

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Bar Selection (Courtesy The Whiskey Ward)

The Craic

Manhattan isn't the only borough to get a fantastic Scottish dram. In Brooklyn, The Craic is a haven for whisky lovers that don't want to cross the East River. The plush seating, great bar and cozy fireplace create a sensational atmosphere for sipping the more than 40 Scotches on the menu. Sample from an extensive list of single malts like Talisker, Bruichladdich, Highland Park or Aberfeldy. Are you looking for a blended Scotch? Try a pour of Monkey Shoulder. 

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Whiskey Pour (©Louis Hansel)

Copper & Oak

You'll find whiskies from around the world stacked to the ceiling at Copper & Oak on the Lower East Side. The size of the Scotch menu is genuinely mind-boggling. There are more than 300 single malts, 40 blended Scotches and 17 single-grain Scotches on offer. Every single dram is offered in either a one-ounce or two-ounce pour, making it easy to taste your way through Scotland or savor your favorite brands. Want to learn more about Scotch? Schedule a private tasting! The tastings are for groups of 12-20 and include a 90-minute casual class; five one-ounce pours of the category of your choice and a cheese and charcuterie buffet. Tasting guests are encouraged to mingle and ask questions between each dram.

Fine & Rare

The spirit of Old New York is alive and well at Fine & Rare, where live jazz fills the space every night, and there are hundreds of carefully curated, rare spirits to try. There are 15 pages dedicated to single malts and blended Scotches on Fine and Rare's spirit menu! So many options can be daunting, so why not try a flight instead? The "Scotch Explorer" flight lets guests try six different Scotches from various regions for only $55. This flight includes Port Charlotte 10-year, Speyburn Bradan Orach and Macallan Edition No. 5. Not a whisky novice? Then the "Luxury Scotch" flight is just the ticket. This $95 flight includes Cadenhead Auchentoshan (17-year), Glenmorangie The Cadboll, Glenfiddich 'Fire and Cane,' and three other luxury Scotches.  

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Whiskey on Ice (©Vinicius Amnx Amano)

Brandy Library

Brandy Library is raising the bar one snifter at a time. Since 2004, this has been the TriBeCa drinking den for those that love brown spirits. Don't let the name fool you. Brandy Library has a lot more than cognac; the Scotch menu is enormous. There are six pages devoted to single malts, blends, and single-grain Scotches. The Scotches are divided by region, making it easy to find your favorites or explore new things. Brandy Library also offers appropriate classes for all whiskey lovers, whether you're a novice or a connoisseur. Private tastings are available for groups of 6-20 and include seven pours within a 90-minute session. Tastings also include a welcome cocktail and a cheese and charcuterie buffet before the seated tasting.