Neat or on the Rocks: The Top 5 Scotch Bars in New York City

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From the $125 snifter to Scotch and Steak with the old-boys, here are the haute picks to satisfy your craving for sweet sips of liquid gold.

1 Brandy Library

Brandy Library is swanky, sexy and offers a catalogue of fine spirits and the information to back them that would make a bibliophile swoon. Spirit Sommeliers are at hand to tell you the history of the liquid gold in your snifter. Serious scotch drinkers can take a classes like "Rare and Precious Scotch."

25 Moore Street

New York, NY


2 Whiskey Park

Sip a nice single malt at this 2,500 square ft. hot spot designed by Thomas O'Brien from Aero Design Group. Architectural details include cork walls and ceilings, brown leather couches, Moroccan carpets and shades of purple. High rollers can enjoy The Macallan 25 Year old at $125 while mingling with the bold names of Page Six.

100 Central Park South

New York, NY


3 Highlands

Travel to a piece of Scotland in the heart of the West Village. Highlands is a gastro pub clad in imported Scottish furniture and interiors so authentic that with a few off their extensive menu of Scotch and fine Scotch cocktails, you may just start speaking Gaelic to your neighbor. The Lucky White Heather, with Famous Grouse Scotch, Rosemary Star Anise, Lemon and Egg, is a must order cocktail.

150 West 10th Street

New York, NY


4 Blue Smoke

The combination of barbeque that's been roasted 'low and slow' over Hickory and Apple Woodsand paired with a smooth scotch hits the spot. Thanks to Blue Smoke you can have the best of both. Enjoy saucy ribs or puled pork from chef and pitmaster Kenny Callaghan and the Black and Blue made with Black Grouse – a new blended Scotch that has an incredible smoky and smooth palate – mixed with Apple Brandy, Amaretto and Hazelnut Liqueur.

116 E 27th Street

New York, NY


5 Keens Steakhouse

Choose from more than 290 single malts at this historic Herald Square spot. Perfect for a juicy steak with the old-boys. Large parties can book tastings in the Bull Moose Room, named after President Theodore Roosevelt.

72 West 36th Street

New York, NY


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