Brandy Library

Brandy Library

Whisky Bar$$$$
Tribeca, New York
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  • whiskey
  • scotch
  • bourbon
  • fancy
  • good for dates
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  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 22, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezOctober 6, 2016
    Whiskey lovers will feel in heaven. Amazing scotch collection and ambiance to sit back and enjoy. Be warned: parties greater than six people are not welcomed unless you book the private room
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nikhil G.
    Nikhil GadreDecember 11, 2016
    Loved the whiskey flights.. but beware, they are quite stingy with the pours :( The selection is out-of-this-world... can't be beat!!! Fancy, cozy and very classy atmosphere...
  • Ronak D.
    Ronak DayaNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A library for whiskey?! Yes! Great decor. Make reservations. Come in small groups and get the highland tasting flight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HowardSeptember 20, 2013
    Amazing list of booze. Decent cigar list. Manly business crowd. They even offer tasting classes of rare blends.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithApril 2
    Amazing selection of spirits, super cozy atmosphere and staff that are both friendly and knowledgable. "Browse the library" to try something new.
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 26, 2015
    For the whisky, brandy and cognac lover. Also serve great cocktails. The gin is my favourite part!
  • 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.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StrombergJanuary 3, 2015
    Nice cocktails, but mainly the beautiful interior and jazz music they've got playing sets this place apart.
  • 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. ;)
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalDecember 21, 2014
    Cozy spot with amazing decor and drink selections. What more could you ask for?
  • Jasmine
    JasmineFebruary 22, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 21
    You don’t have to be a spirits aficionado to appreciate the charms of this civilized Tribeca den. (Though by the time you leave, you might be.) Read more
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 (
  • 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.
  • Leo C.
    Leo CFebruary 25
    selection here is ridiculous. ambience is awesome. folks were more than happy to answer any questions. had the Hakushu neat.
  • 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
  • Abe
    AbeJanuary 21
    Absolutely a phenomenal place to have a business meeting or just hang with friends who like Whiskey.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelApril 24, 2016
    Fancy digs with huge menu of brandy, whiskey, etc. highly recommend going a tasting menu and making reservations.
  • Mark
    MarkDecember 23, 2015
    Great selection of whiskies, including bourbons and scotches in an upscale atmosphere. A bit pricey.
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.December 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Trust in your guide (read: waiter) because they do know their stuff about whiskey, scotch, and other lovelies.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittSeptember 3, 2015
    Lovely bar with a small outside seating area.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RobertsNovember 23, 2015
    This place has an awesome selection of bourbons, single malt scotch and cognac.
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuNovember 25, 2015
    Amazing selection of whiskeys. Try to make a reservation if you can because the wait can be pretty long
  • J Z.
    J ZJuly 10, 2013
    If you want a mixed drink, and don't care for the thousand page menu, go for the Sidecar. Yummy.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishOctober 5, 2015
    The brandy sampler is pretty interesting for the novice drinker. It even comes with instructions!
  • Blake O.
    Blake OlmsteadJanuary 4, 2016
    Tasting menus are a great survey of the massive collection. Perfect for spirit newbies.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinAugust 13, 2015
    Cosy and romantic, order a drink from the menu or pick a liquor in their library!
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 26, 2011
    A selection of over 100 brandies from around the world, including some exclusives. I enjoyed the old fashioned here.
  • 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
  • Randy S.
    Randy SparksAugust 20, 2012
    Make sure to leverage the vast knowledge of your "librarian". Try the Camus cognac - incredible!
  • 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
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LonsdaleFebruary 28, 2016
    A little stuffy for my taste...but they have a great selection, and some really unique cocktails.
  • Ginger R.
    Ginger RiveraJanuary 31, 2012
    Amazing cocktails but not if you're in a hurry. Service is laid back. They also offer cigars, nice touch.
  • Dominick D.
    Dominick DAnielloNovember 5, 2014
    Try one of their whiskey tasting classes. They are well worth the money.
  • 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!!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    Reflect your inner self in a cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Ask the bartender of Brandy Library to make a Tequila Sunrise for you.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakSeptember 2, 2014
    very fancy feeling. overwhelmingly robust liquor menu. i think this is nearby where jay & bey live.
  • Jerry J.
    Jerry JosephFebruary 3, 2016
    Great chill atmosphere! Perfect for drinking whiskey... or anything really!
  • Harish H.
    Harish HoonJune 14, 2015
    Good for conversations, wide whiskey selection and a killer grilled cheese!
  • Daria Z.
    Daria ZatsepinaMarch 9, 2016
    Quiet and secret spot with huge selections of alcohol z nice cocktails !
  • A T.
    A TAugust 19, 2015
    Amazing sexy and cozy atmosphere! Beautiful colors!
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas L.November 21, 2013
    Great for the drinks. Not so great for cell phone signal when you are in the basement.
  • Josh S.
    Josh ShankerApril 29, 2012
    Ask for the Johnnie Platinum. Sometimes the have it off-menu behind the counter.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertySeptember 26, 2011
    Features the largest selection of brown spirits in New York. If you feel like splurging, they offer a 1914 brandy that will run you about $230
  • KB -.
    KB -KB-December 20, 2013
    It may be called Brandy Library - but make sure to enjoy their killer list of Whiskies..
  • Mark G.
    Mark GraciaSeptember 3, 2014
    Amazing selection of scotch, try one of the sampling flights.
    Upvoted Jul 14
  • Marc L.
    Marc LewkowitzDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge selection of spirits and wonderfully knowledgeable wait staff.
  • Neil C.
    Neil CaronMarch 11, 2016
    Enormous scotch list, but too stuffy for my taste. More for the Masters of the Universe and American Psychos of the city...
  • Gavin M.
    Gavin McGarryJanuary 18, 2012
    Make sure you get the Jefferson Presidential 18 Bourbon. Ask for Josimar. He knows his bourbon.
  • Brian Z.
    Brian ZakrajsekAugust 19, 2013
    Check out the bar across the street if you're waiting for a reservation. You may decide to cancel.
  • 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
  • Fred P.
    Fred ParvanehNovember 18, 2013
    Heaven!!!! Cognac and Scotch tasting in a beautiful bar.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinDecember 20, 2015
    If this weren't in TriBeCa I'd probably hang here. Excellent spirits selection
  • 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.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley ReinerNovember 22, 2013
    The vegetable rolls are the best thing I've put in my mouth all week 🍣🍣🍣
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughAugust 12, 2014
    One of the best whiskey selections you'll find.
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. We suggestion a shot of the Frapin XO Grande Champagne Chateau de Fontpinot.
  • stephanie b.
    stephanie bentleyFebruary 26, 2011
    this place is off the chain. highly recommend. get the rum runner sampler. great atmosphere
  • Miki R.
    Miki ReynoldsSeptember 1, 2012
    If you love whiskey/bourbon/scotch, you MUST come here. Often. But only if you're grown. It's a no nonsense kind of place.
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'DonnellApril 12, 2014
    Great out door seating in the front. Excellent service.
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoMarch 24
    Absolutely imperative to come here if you love brown liquor- the selection is insane.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerJanuary 28, 2015
    Incredible flights and excellent service. Must visit.
  • Dipsology
    DipsologyJuly 31, 2012
    Another place to score the classic daiquiri with rum, lime and simple.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrunoApril 27, 2015
    Always a great selection, excellent ambience.
  • 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.
  • Gary J. N.
    Gary J. NixApril 9, 2011
    Be prepared to not only enjoy an incredible selection of brown spirits, but learn more about them as well. It's a great experience.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MostJuly 14
    Very extensive scotch selection. But wow were these pours overpriced and stingy. The atmosphere is really nice I guess.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LombardiAugust 9, 2014
    Staff really knowledgeable. Great atmosphere and whiskey.
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadJanuary 7, 2016
    This place is very full of itself, but what can you expect from TriBeCa? Good tastings!
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyJune 10, 2016
    Perhaps my memories are too tinged with nostalgia, but the Brandy Library is not what I remember it to be. It feels dated now.
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