Noorman's Kil

Restaurant / Whiskey Bar
Noorman's Kil Like vintage denim, ironic tattoos, and overgrown facial hair, whiskey bars are everywhere in Williamsburg, but Noorman's Kil has paired aged malts with tasty, down-home comfort food to create a one-of-a-kind destination for... New York United States 40.711389 -73.947758
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Noorman's Kil - Restaurant | Whiskey Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Like vintage denim, ironic tattoos, and overgrown facial hair, whiskey bars are everywhere in Williamsburg, but Noorman’s Kil has paired aged malts with tasty, down-home comfort food to create a one-of-a-kind destination... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–4am, Sa–Su 2pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Noorman's Kil Review

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Like vintage denim, ironic tattoos, and overgrown facial hair, whiskey bars are everywhere in Williamsburg, but Noorman's Kil has paired aged malts with tasty, down-home comfort food to create a one-of-a-kind destination for...

Like vintage denim, ironic tattoos, and overgrown facial hair, whiskey bars are everywhere in Williamsburg, but Noorman’s Kil has paired aged malts with tasty, down-home comfort food to create a one-of-a-kind destination for hungry hipsters: a scotch and grilled cheese joint.

In fact, the owners tell patrons that this one-room haunt was inspired by nights spent eating sandwiches and swilling whiskey on nearby rooftops, and the indie rockers and after-work noshers who visit this minimalist hang will find an environment designed to be as chill and unpretentious as an outer borough penthouse perch.

They will also find wood, and lots of it. There are hardwood floors, a long wooden bar that was once an Amish candy counter, and wooden plank seating along the walls and near the large front windows – but few self-respecting drinkers will give the tavern’s timber more than a passing glance.

With over two hundred flavors of scotch and bourbon glowing on backlit shelves, this place is an unabashed mecca for spirits snobs.

Tenders here don’t just pour drinks, though; they also sling sandwiches, recommending a selection of unorthodox grilled cheese offerings to wash down the whiskey. The Betsy, for instance, is made with creamy Vermont Chèvre and apricot jam, while the Jane features New York sharp cheddar topped with My Friend’s Mustard on sourdough.

For flirty young couples who prefer craft beers to the hard stuff, there’s also a healthy selection of microbrews and a backyard garden great for soaking up the weather and the suds among vine-covered fences and carved benches.

A spot that caters to gourmands and sophisticated drinkers, Noorman’s Kil will leave Billyburg locals convinced that grilled cheese and rye go together like peanut butter and jelly – or maybe like skinny jeans and loafers.

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Tip from Jonah:

The staff at Noorman’s Kil are real whiskey lovers, more interested in recommending great drinks than giving you the hard sell. Feel free to chat up the bartender about what you like in a rye – you’ll get the scoop with none of the snob.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back hipsters, jockish indie rockers, whiskey lovers, local young professionals, and fledgling booze scholars, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Pre-recorded music mixes played over the sound system.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A selection of artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches and condiments, including pickles. Happy Hour daily 5–8pm. Occasional Whiskey tastings throughout the week.

  • Prices

    Grilled cheese $5–$7. Beer $5–$6, wine $6–$9, cocktails $8, whiskey $8–$12+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual: jeans, t-shirts, work attire, suspenders, bowler hats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime there’s a whiskey tasting, and Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Tuffet (286 Graham Street) offers a cool meat and cheese scene with a similar low-key vibe.

Noorman's Kil User Reviews

Average rating:
The Best Bar in Brooklyn, period.
Tim I. Jan 22, 2013
Best whiskey bar I have been to in NY. The bartenders are all very cool guys and will buy you back if you are cool. Grilled Cheese and whiskey goes together so well and the vibe of this place is sop relaxed. Even when it;'s full of pain in the butt hipsters, it's still a good spot to be. They re did their outside and it is really awesome to hang there when it's not full of smokers. The Happy hour doesn't feature anything mindblowing, but they always have a great selection of beers. Best bar in Brooklyn hands down.
A good time if you're into this sort of thing
Chris K. Oct 8, 2012
As a whiskey and grilled cheese lover, I totally fell for this place. It has a nice woody decor and a decently laid-back atmosphere, and the staff are really helpful. However, if you're looking for a fun, dancey, party joint, or somewhere with a vodka-cranberry, don't come. You probably won't dig it, and might get a raised eyebrow or two.
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