Brandy Library

Brandy Library

Whisky Bar$$$$
Tribeca, New York
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  • Natalie V.
    Fancy digs with huge menu of brandy, whiskey, etc. highly recommend going a tasting menu and making reservations.
  • Jasmine
    JasmineFebruary 22
    Where Adults come to unwind and have grown up drinks. Place empties at the proper bedtime of 3am. The bartenders take their sweet time making orders and don't card.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 22
    Those of us who prefer to do our boozing in the company of many books will find refuge in this cozy Tribeca bar, which is blessedly set up to look like a library, complete with crackling fireplaces. Read more
  • Mark
    MarkDecember 23, 2015
    Great selection of whiskies, including bourbons and scotches in an upscale atmosphere. A bit pricey.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisDecember 21, 2015
    Amazing selection of brown liquor, knowledgeable staff and a classy vibe. If it's nice out, ask to sit outside on the front porch (you can smoke a cigar out there). They have flight options too.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MooreDecember 9, 2015
    The scotch/whiskey/bourbon/rum selection is the best I've seen in New York. While it definitely feels that you're in TriBeCa, if you catch it on a slower night it's a great place to enjoy & relax.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakNovember 29, 2015
    The broadest range of whisky I've ever seen, in tastefully subdued digs. Great spot for a date or quiet catch-up.
  • Hector
    HectorOctober 12, 2015
    Fancy, cozy, and warm atmosphere make it the best whiskey spot. They have a ladder for library shelves of drink bottles. Downstairs private room and bar too! Perfect cocktails.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJune 15, 2015
    A library is only as good as its librarians - this one has them. Get educated. Ask questions. Don't be intimidated if you are a n00b. They are kind people.
  • Ru L.
    Ru LuApril 1, 2015
    Very good service. Quiet open to young professionals too. The cocktail page starts on p.64 of the drink menu. A good sign. ;)
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    An institution. If you're a Man or Woman of Whiskey, Scotch or Brandy, then this is a must stop for your life. Get comfortable, the options will keep you here for a while.
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuJanuary 26, 2015
    Great ambiance. Super fancy. Not a whiskey or dark liquor fan but it was a cool experience. The whiskey flights are popular
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 26, 2015
    For the whisky, brandy and cognac lover. Also serve great cocktails. The gin is my favourite part!
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanJanuary 25, 2015
    One of our new faves. Fantastic vibe and atmosphere. Gougeres (amazing cheese puffs) are a must. You could basically point to anything on the drink list and you'll be golden.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StrombergJanuary 3, 2015
    Nice cocktails, but mainly the beautiful interior and jazz music they've got playing sets this place apart.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalDecember 21, 2014
    Cozy spot with amazing decor and drink selections. What more could you ask for?
  • Monika
    MonikaDecember 6, 2014
    A great place to learn about alcohol. Let your librarian guide you. The atmosphere is customized towards great whiskey consumption - leather chairs, darkish lights and bottles surrounding you.
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaNovember 28, 2014
    A library for whiskey?! Yes! Great decor. Make reservations. Come in small groups and get the highland tasting flight.
  • Caroline P.
    Caroline POctober 22, 2014
    Deviled eggs with bacon crumbles and foie gras mousse were amazing! I liked the "make your own scotch" set up but the pours are tiny.
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderSeptember 16, 2014
    They have an entire book of drinks. Quite expensive and very slow service. Although, you'll probably need the extra time to read through the big book.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KeslingAugust 16, 2014
    The terrible suit-ridden and uptight vibe is completely made up for by their absolutely amazing selection and fantastic service. I would recommend getting a flight of your favorite liquor genre.
  • Cristian G.
    Cristian GonzalezAugust 8, 2014
    Great place to meet friends and have a deep conversation over a drink. Unlike most NY spots you can actually hear each other!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 26, 2014
    Fun yet classy spot with the perfect ambiance for a first date Or just lounge. Cigar smoking outside with Thousands of spirits lined up on the wall. They have good food & prices try the flights!!
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HowardSeptember 20, 2013
    Amazing list of booze. Decent cigar list. Manly business crowd. They even offer tasting classes of rare blends.
  • Adele M.
    Adele MajorAugust 24, 2013
    Thinks it's the Boom Boom Room. I would go for somewhere whuch appreciates customers. Like, you know, anywhere else in NYC.
  • Megan J.
    Megan JohnsonJuly 4, 2013
    We live in the neighborhood, why haven't we been here before?! Love the ambience and the extensive cocktail menu. A cocktail I've only had in Croatia was found on their menu. Yum.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "The name is accurate, as far as it goes: There are indeed many, many cognacs, Armagnacs, brandies de Jerez, and other fine grape and fruit distillates, all ranked on shelves like so many..." Read more
  • Date Night Is...
    Date Night Is...April 30, 2013
    If whisky is your game & money is no object, then this is a can't miss Date Night spot. Their amazing menu & a knowledgeable staff to match will give you a solid intro to the world of whisky.
  • Ajaya W.
    Ajaya WilliamsJanuary 12, 2013
    Always a great selection and superb service. If you have no idea what to get, the staff is knowledgable and will lead you in the right direction.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.December 1, 2012
    Trust in your guide (read: waiter) because they do know their stuff about whiskey, scotch, and other lovelies.
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 7, 2012
    With as many as three thousand unique bottles on its shelves and an incredibly knowledgeable staff, Brandy Library is ideal for lovers of brandy/Scotch/whiskey.
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilliamsJune 27, 2012
    If you're not into the scotches and brandys, try the Champagne Cocktail! It's strong, so be cautious. Get more in my post on Coffee + Champagne (http://coffeeandchampagne.com/2012/06/brandy-library/)
  • Atif A.
    Atif AteeqJune 27, 2012
    Great upscale lounge with a very large selection of drinks. Walls are lined w/ bottles & have rolling ladders like a library. Very classy. Priced high but check their website for free tastings.
  • Diplomatico Rum
    Diplomatico RumJune 15, 2012
    Joel Flores, Spirits Sommelier at Brandy Library. Ask him for a Diplomático on the rocks or for an Old Fashion. Amazing.
  • Alex
    AlexJune 13, 2012
    The walls, covered with bottles of whisky, brandy and bourbon, may tempt you in a variety of directions, but their classic Old Fashioned is a good way to start the evening.
  • Taylor
    TaylorMay 31, 2012
    Surrounded by brandy lining the walls, it can be hard to stray from the bar's namesake. But the sazerac is very good if you're looking for a classic cocktail.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BMarch 26, 2012
    don't go with a big group, but if you are looking for a great cocktail and a good place to talk in TriBeCa this is your spot.
  • Our Man On The Ground
    Our Man On The GroundSeptember 5, 2011
    With over 1,000 different types of brandies & whiskies from around the world to choose from, this is a must visit place for the whiskey or brandy connoisseur. Cosy, clubby & intimate atmosphere. Read more
  • Our Man On The Ground M.
    With over 1,000 different types of brandies & whiskies from around the world this is a must visit place for the whiskey or brandy connoisseur. Cosy, clubby & intimate atmosphere. Read more
  • MetroSeeker.com
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 20, 2011
    We realise it may be difficult to choose from their extensive list, but no matter. Just tell them what you don't like in your whiskey, and they can work around it!
  • Steven M.
    Steven MosierAugust 19, 2011
    For the advanced drinker... definitely let them do the talking and questioning. This is the only booze drinkers spa for your liver!!
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 19, 2011
    The Brandy Library serves New York's best gougères, and if you're hungry after a few drinks, the city's most underrated burger is across the street at Walker's. Read more
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Home to one of the most extensive Scotch lists in New York City, Brandy Library offers more than 900 spirits and 100 cocktails.
  • Pop Art NYC
    Pop Art NYCApril 16, 2011
    Just across the street (Varick), you'll find the still-working firehouse where the original Ghostbusters was filmed. Talk to the firefighters - they'll take your pic and sell you a t-shirt ($20). Read more
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 7, 2011
    You have to make reservations ahead of time to get in and get seated so be sure to call. If you have a decent-sized crew, reserve the downstairs room. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 1, 2011
    Great bar to unwind after work or spend an entire night sampling some of the best and rarest spirits in New York City. Make reservations.
  • Manda S.
    Manda ShettletonMarch 22, 2011
    cool atmosphere--the french connection is my favorite cocktail. Lamb and rice "appetizer" was full, well-prepared meal for $14
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityFebruary 1, 2011
    The Brandy Library boasts New York’s largest selection of “brown spirits,” including brandies and cognacs galore. Regulars are known to come in frequently for the weekly “Spirit School” tastings.
  • Masha G.
    Masha GellerAugust 7, 2010
    Wonderful, knowledgeable staff. Insanely extensive menu. Lovely old school decor. Truly a library of scotches, cognacs, brandys, etc. More of an encyclopedia... A must for any spirits afficionado.
  • Jesse R.
    Jesse RednissFebruary 12, 2010
    One of the best Scotch and Tequila menus in the city. Don;t get rowdy or you'll get tossed and definitely don't ask for cubes with your scotch
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