We here at BoozeMenus are big fans of getting use out of our passports — especially those that promote a lifestyle that is both well-traveled and well-poured. That’s exactly what we had in mind when we teamed up with more than 20 bars across the city for the 2017 NYC Good Whiskey Passport, a $37 pass that will score you a whiskey drink at any one of these spots. To help ensure your Passport-related travel is as smooth as the whiskey you’re drinking, check out our Manhattan drinking itinerary below.
It might be all about small plates when it comes to the menu at this Alphabet City restaurant, but the bar is focused on big flavors. Take, for instance, the Pleasantly Plump Old-Fashioned, a riff on the classic with Bulleit Bourbon, Cointreau, cherry liqueur, honey, and plum bitters. Even their mulled wine packs a punch, thanks to a recipe of whiskey, cabernet, and star anise.
This Hell’s Kitchen bottle shop and beer bar specializes in craft and import beer, with a selection of more than 400 strong that folks can consume onsite or grab to go. Flash your passport here and choose a single pour from an array of five whiskies, which can be served neat or on the rocks. For best results, opt for the Old Grand Dad Bourbon, which will pair up rather nicely with any can from the bar’s 1952 Kelvinator fridge.
THE BAR ROOM
Head to this Upper East Side bar for New American fare and creative drams, from a rum Sazerac to a chai-tini with chai-infused Grey Goose, Baileys, and ginger. As for the Passport, they’re keeping it simple with a classic old fashioned, complete with your choice of bourbon or rye.
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More than 100 all American craft beers are on offer at this FiDi beer bar, which is also known for its burgers and “Pour Your Own Beer” wall. Right now they’re also pouring Taconic Distillery’s Dutchess Private Reserve Bourbon Whiskey — one you’ll want to sample pronto (it was, after all, dubbed “best bourbon” by the likes of Hudson Valley Magazine and Maxim).
CROTON RESERVOIR TAVERN
This Midtown bar has been specializing in the classics since its 2003 opening. As such, expect the staples — old fashioned and Manhattans — this time, using Michter’s lineup of whiskies. If you happen to stumble in here on a particularly frigid day, they’ll do you one better with their Honey Cider Toddy, a hot tipple comprised of Michter’s American Whiskey, honey, apple cider, lemon, and cloves.
By Nicole Schnitzler
(Photos from left: Whiskey & A Beer at Beer Culture; Croton Reservoir Tavern Interior; Old Fashioned at The Bar Room)