The Whiskey Ward

The Whiskey Ward

Whisky Bar, Bar, and Cocktail Bar · Lower East Side
121 Essex St (at Rivington St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–4:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 244 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Shani R.
    "LES Sweet Tea always hits the spot as well."(3 Tips)
    Dan M.
    "Amazing list of rotating bourbons, whiskeys, scotch."(9 Tips)
    audri n.
    "Hands down my favorite bar in NYC with the best bartenders."(2 Tips)
    Tom M.
    "Great selection of whiskey."(2 Tips)
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  • whiskey
  • bourbon
  • scotch
  • favorite bar in nyc
  • sweet tea
  • jukebox
  • happy hour
  • lively
  • pool tables
  • sangria
  • single malt scotches
  • iced tea
  • picklebacks
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • beer
  • casual
  • good for a late night
  • authentic
  • margaritas
  • staff
  • Fanny M.


    Fanny M · 1 week ago
  • audri n.

    Can't believe I'm barely leaving a tip on this place now. Hands down my favorite bar in NYC with the best bartenders. Solid whiskey selection. You don't f*ck with them (hi Shawna & Sandee!)

    audri n · August 22
  • Emilio C.

    Get a drink special that includes a beer and a shot.

    Emilio C · April 15
  • Kavya G.

    Amazing place !! The whisky sweet tea and pickle back shot ate must have!

    Kavya Gumaste · April 7
  • Calvin M.

    Nice place to go with friends. Decent prices and clean.

    Calvin Multanen · April 5
  • Andrew L.

    Strong whiskey selection, lots of options from across the Atlantic - and even a few from across the pacific!

    Andrew Litvak · March 3
  • Josh S.

    Has the largest selection of whiskey with half or full pours available.

    Josh S · February 18
  • Kevin C.

    LES sweet tea is deadly. Tastes like there is no alcohol in it!! 🍹

    Kevin Chiu · February 12
  • Elle W.

    Very crowded but the bartenders are quite friendly and helpful. The other patrons can be somewhat rude, but what else would you expect from a bar.

    Elle Woo · January 11
  • Tiffany W.

    Huge selection of whiskey! LES iced tea was very refreshing, and not too sweet! Nice neighborhood bar where you can kick back and sip on scotch. ... or play some pool

    Tiffany Wong · December 23, 2014
  • Jon G.

    Great whiskey, great music, great vibe.

    Jon Gold · December 13, 2014
  • Yera H.

    Nice vibe. Try the lemon fizzy for something tasty and strong.

    Yera Ha · November 11, 2014
  • Jessica K.

    The hot toddy is strong but a good warm drink for a cold weekday evening.

    Jessica Kang · November 6, 2014
  • Amanda J.

    Too many choices. But makers in the rocks is only 8 bucks. Hell yes.

    Amanda Jabes · August 28, 2014
  • jon f.

    Good whiskey and bourbon selection but awfully crowded, especially on the weekends. Have fun partying with the UES on those days.

    jon ferrer · August 23, 2014
  • Mike H.

    Oh man, hard to have only one LES iced tea. Trouble.

    Mike Harkey · June 11, 2014
  • Ariel V.

    The $25 pitches of Sangria are large, strong, and tasty.

    Ariel Viera · April 3, 2014
  • Brian D.

    I mean, they use Imperial as their well whiskey, so you should be coming here.

    Brian DeVito · March 29, 2014
  • Sharlene J.

    Great, strong, reasonably priced drinks. Watch out for the drunkards though, they stick to the bar like bees on honey.

    Sharlene Juste · January 29, 2014
  • Eri V.

    Too hot. Too crowded. Avoid Friday nights. Bartender too busy dancing and singing to himself to actually take drink orders.

    Eri V · January 12, 2014
  • Zayed K.

    The back maple hill strikes a perfect balance, and has an amazing scent.

    Zayed Khan · December 21, 2013
  • Melissa Y.

    👌 selections.

    Melissa Yu · December 8, 2013
  • Tom M.

    Great selection of whiskey.

    Tom Meng · November 20, 2013
  • Eric B.

    Hit 8111 on the jukebox for Los Fabulosos Cadillacs!

    Eric B · October 26, 2013
  • Jordan H.

    Rated #4 whiskey bar in NYC

    Jordan Harvey · October 18, 2013
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    Jordan Harvey · October 16, 2013
  • Peter M.

    Shauna. That is all

    Peter Mann · October 6, 2013
  • Raquel A.

    Nice selection…& peanuts at the bar…try the whiskey!

    Raquel A · September 5, 2013
  • Jordan H.

    If youre on the pool table, ask about a better rule set than the one on the wall. If you're friendly, most people will agree to play something a little easier!

    Jordan Harvey · August 6, 2013
  • Larry M.

    Get the Lower East Side Sweet Tea. Knock back a couple and you'll wake up wondering what happened.

    Larry Mak · July 20, 2013
  • Moses K.

    IPA with a Buffalo Trace, a bowl of peanuts, super cool people in and behind the bar, cool decor and music, I love this spot

    Moses Kopmar · April 27, 2013
  • Piper

    Start a conversation with the bouncer, Marqueese. You won't be disappointed.

    Piper · February 19, 2013
  • Arthur T.

    Great bartenders!!

    Arthur T. · February 7, 2013
  • Sandy L.

    Old fashioned for a stiff drink. Moscow Mule for a refresher. As other reviewer said, hide from LES madness here.

    Sandy Lin · November 4, 2012
  • Peter T.

    Get the shorty - $7 for a shot of Jameson and a small glass of Guinness .

    Peter T. · September 5, 2012
  • Jack C.

    Caol Ila, 10 year – it's like a bonfire. In your mouth.

    Jack Curry · August 29, 2012
  • Party Earth

    Sunday specials run till 9pm and include $1 off all bottled beer, $15 sangria pitchers and $5 margaritas all night! The ‘Taste’ option (available every day) gets you 1 oz. of whiskey for 1/2 price. Read more

    Party Earth · June 15, 2012
  • Kat H.

    House Manhattan. DO IT!!

    Kat Hartman · May 2, 2012
  • Anthony M.

    Ask for the "twitter special"

    Anthony Maggio · March 15, 2012
  • Rebecca M.

    Men's room line was longer than the women's. What??

    Rebecca Mir · February 18, 2012
  • Sean M.

    Buffalo Trace is a solid bourbon choice.

    Sean Mannion · February 15, 2012
  • Daniel L

    They have an awesome collection of bourbons, whiskeys, scotch, and specials (like spiked apple cider from the crockpot during winter). Stop by!

    Daniel L · November 30, 2011
  • Kendra A.

    Bourbons are awesome

    Kendra A · November 20, 2011
  • Melissa T.

    LES Sweet Tea- divine. Fo during the week & chat with your bartender when it's quiet. He'll hook you up & help you out! Plus! Free peanuts :)

    Melissa Trentadue · October 18, 2011
  • Robert D.

    Have the mcallen's 15 year oak whiskey. For the love of god do yourself that favor. Pair it with the IPA beer as well.

    Robert Dume · October 15, 2011
  • Erin

    Scotch whiskey flight. Do it.

    Erin · September 21, 2011
  • hafeez r.

    great place for happy hour prices Read more

    hafeez raji · September 6, 2011

    They have a 16yr Glenlivet, but if you prefer bourbon, we love the Woodford Reserve. · August 20, 2011
  • Tiffany A.

    Dave!!! Best bartender ever! LOVE THIS PLACE!

    Tiffany Alia · August 5, 2011
  • Christine l.

    Wow! Full of Bridge and Tunnel assholes on weekends. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

    Christine lett · July 23, 2011

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