Whiskey Town

by Craig Bridger, 11/28/2012

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  • Brandy Library
    25 N. Moore St., 212-226-5545, TriBeCa, Manhattan
    This TriBeCa lounge captures the sophistication of a modern gentlemen's club—but ladies, of course, are allowed. The Library's wooden shelves (complete with sliding ladders) are lined with bottles—a staggering assortment of more than 900, gleaming under well-placed bulbs; rosy light seems to radiate from the booze itself. Jazz (what else?) swings at a conversational level from the speakers, and a well-heeled crowd nibbles charcuterie and tasty desserts. Dapper spirits pros glide between mod leather chairs and small circular tables, presenting whiskies and cognacs like sommeliers with bottles of wine. Our advice: drop your coin on something rare; the standard calls are all cheaper elsewhere (though tasting flights are available if you'd like to try a little bit of everything).

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