Party Earth Review Lovers of whiskey and Old West-themed bars have struck gold at The Whiskey Ward, a Lower East Side dive that takes its extensive drinks menu very seriously. A pool table and a jukebox are among the few contemporary touches... ... read full review
121 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z: Essex Street / Delancey Street; B, D: Grand Street / Chrystie Street
M–Sa 5pm–4am, Su 6pm–4am
Lower East Side, New York –
Lovers of whiskey and Old West-themed bars have struck gold at The Whiskey Ward, a Lower East Side dive that takes its extensive drinks menu very seriously.
A pool table and a jukebox are among the few contemporary touches in this modern-day saloon, where whiskey barrels serve as tables, Victorian paintings adorn the exposed brick walls, and mounted liquor jugs delight the twenty-something cowpokes who crowd the bar with childlike awe.
Though there’s usually a game on the lone TV, the single-room joint is far from a sports bar, and even if its kitschy décor evokes images of a Disneyland mine ride, the extensive list of bourbons, ryes, scotches, tasting flights, and combos is decidedly grown-up.
Daily specials and Happy Hour keep the hard stuff flowing for devoted connoisseurs in need of a stiff belt, but deals also include a nice selection of beer and sangria pitchers for those angling for a softer/sweeter kick.
Weeknights are chill as casual groups of friends stop in to sip and chat, while Fridays mark the influx of scruffy coeds and packs of friendly bros who want to avoid the club scene but still get oiled up.
Its old-timey feel might be a gimmick, but The Whiskey Ward is still a haven for dive lovers looking to get sloshed on the cheap without sacrificing the quality of what’s in their glass.
Don’t forget about Sundays at Whiskey Ward, when several specials run until 9pm, including $1 off all bottled beer and $15 sangria pitchers. There are even $5 margaritas all night! There’s also a great ‘Taste’ option (available every day) where you can enjoy a one-ounce pour of any whiskey for half the normal-sized price.
Whiskey lovers, hardscrabble artists, musicians, groups of mellow friends looking for a place to chat, and a younger college-heavy male crowd on Fridays, 20s to early 40s.
Jukebox perpetually tuned to classic pop-rock favorites during the week, with a good chance of Top 40 and rap on the weekends.
Free peanuts. Daily specials. Happy Hour M–Sa 5–8pm.
Beer $3–$7, wine $7, cocktails $9–$10, shots and combos $6–$7, whiskey $6–$8, sangria pitchers $25.
Casual: t-shirts, jeans, vests, caps, sneakers, fitted sweaters, flowy dresses.
Early in the week to play a few rounds of pool and try some new whiskey, or Friday and Saturday nights to join the young club-goers bringing the party to The Whiskey Ward.
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