NYC whiskey bar: Rye House

September 18, 2012 § 3 Comments

If you follow this blog at all – you’re already familiar with my love of Brandy Library in NYC.  Alas, my heart has been opened further to embrace another wonderful whisky bar here in New York.

When meeting with a fellow whisky geek Doug Stone (founder of last week, I offered to meet him at his favorite whisky bar in the city.  Rye House was his choice – which made me happy as this would be my first visit.  Since then, I’ve been there twice more in just the last 7 days.  Needless to say, I LOVED it.  With hand-sculpted warm wood benches, communal tables and decor grounding the lofty ceilings, despite it’s classic NY “intimate” space, you won’t feel overwhelmed or cramped.  Just down right comfortable.

With over 190 whiskies to choose from and the most welcoming environment – I will certainly continue my patronage.  From the moment you walk in, you feel as if you’ve entered your best-friends man cave.  It’s friendly, warm, and a come-as-you-are kind of spot.  You don’t have to know anything about whisky either; their knowledgeable staff will help guide you through their maze of offerings until you’ve landed on something that may suit your mood.

While you’re there, make sure you check out their growing list of tasting flights (not included in the PDF below).  These are always a great way to better familiarize oneself with the ever expanding whisky sub-categories.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of Rye Houses Spirit Menu

They do have food, though I’ve been enjoying the whiskies so much I haven’t ventured over to the dining menu just yet.  All in good time!

In my humble opinion, this is a MUST for those living here and anyone passing through this fine city.  Share your experience below if you’ve been!

11 West 17th Street between 5th & 6th avenue


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