- Noorman's Kil
609 Grand St., nr. Leonard St., Williamsburg; 347-384-2526
There are bars with huge whiskey menus, and bars with friendly, knowledgeable staffers, but none combines selection and sophistication like Noorman’s Kil, which stocks (at the moment) 328 bottles selected by four co-owner whiskey geeks. Distillers from all over the world visit regularly to discuss their products, while an on-site library is stacked with whiskey encyclopedias. The atmosphere is quiet and neighborhoody on the weekdays and loud and lively on the weekends, and women whiskey lovers can be found there as well as men. “We have clean bathrooms,” one of the owners explains. “And hooks under the bar.” As a bonus, there’s a fortifying grilled cheese menu to enable extended brown-liquor exploration.
Best Whiskey Bar
From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).