The Penrose

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84 Very Good

An Upper Eat Side bar with a competitive whiskey list.

1590 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10028


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The lowdown

Ruairi Curtin of Wilfie & Nell opened this Irish gastropub as a haven for whiskey lovers on the Upper East Side. But with a main room outfitted with reclaimed wood, and framed old portraits and ornate typewriters on display, the Penrose can feel like a quaint countryside getaway. The menu matches the bar’s warmth, with a cocktail list featuring drinks like the Old Pal Spencer (with bourbon, Aperol, sweet vermouth, a large ice cube, and a twist of orange) and the Dirty Pickle Martini is garnished with well, a pickle. Penrose makes its own fizzy sodas, but the real treat is a whiskey list with over 70 options, including Pappy Van Winkle, one of the rarest bourbons in the world. Penrose usually has their hands on a few bottles, sometimes even the 23-year.

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized