The Whiskey Ward

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The Whiskey Ward The Whiskey Ward in New York's Lower East Side is a stellar whiskey bar with great Happy Hour deals. Find out why people love this NYC bar at Party Earth. New York United States 40.719602 -73.987813
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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

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    F, J, M, Z: Essex Street / Delancey Street; B, D: Grand Street / Chrystie Street

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  • Hours:

    M–Sa 5pm–4am, Su 6pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Whiskey Ward Review

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The Whiskey Ward in New York's Lower East Side is a stellar whiskey bar with great Happy Hour deals. Find out why people love this NYC bar at Party Earth.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

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.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox perpetually tuned to classic pop-rock favorites during the week, with a good chance of Top 40 and rap on the weekends.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Free peanuts. Daily specials. Happy Hour M–Sa 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$7, wine $7, cocktails $9–$10, shots and combos $6–$7, whiskey $6–$8, sangria pitchers $25.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, vests, caps, sneakers, fitted sweaters, flowy dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    The Living Room (154 Ludlow Street) is actually two venues in one: a cocktail lounge staffed by sassy punk waitresses and an intimate live music club that draws an outgoing, music-loving clientele.

The Whiskey Ward User Reviews

Average rating:
Not a bad dive bar
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
Ok, stupidly enough I didn't really order any good whiskey while I was here, but I did spend enough time in the bar to get the "whiskey crowd" vibe. It's not quite a dive bar since the crowd errs on the post college but "I have a job" type with a few college students thrown into the mix. While I was there with a girl friend, our guy friend left us for about 5 minutes during which time two drunken guys that were questionably over 21 came over to our table and told us to meet them at a bar on 9th street between lexington and 3rd Avenue (FYI, not a real cross street). The whiskeys were reasonably priced, and they had a few drink specials including the one I am incapable of resisting, the whiskey and a PBR deal for $7 - and it was even Jack Daniels and not well liquor. I'd definitely check it out again for a low key night with my whiskey loving friends who would probably be more appreciative of the extensive whiskey and bourbon menu.
Whisky and Rye
Jaclyn W. Dec 8, 2012
Came here on a Friday night to meet a couple of people. I'm not the biggest fan of Whisky, but it's in the LES and I knew there were plenty of other bars around that we would probably venture too. We actually only made it to one other bar and this place ended up being pretty decent! It never got too packed, but managed to stay consistently crowded. Green Christmas lights adorned the wooden features around the bar and added to the dimly lit surroundings. The bartenders are very attentive and know how to mix their drinks. I ordered a Sazerac, which is on one of their menus and then just whisky on the rocks because why not? It was the whisky ward. We got a seat by the door, which was nice. There are other booths and stools scattered throughout the place. Although it's in the LES, it's on Essex so you don't really run into a huge mess of people on the street until you head a block down or over, which was nice. If you like good people, a crowd that isn't raucous and you like to be able to hear your friends' conversation, I highly suggest coming here. There is music on, but by no means will it force you to go tone deaf.
Hell and damn yes
Chris K. Nov 26, 2012
With its Southern gothic decor, its unexpected location (only a few feet from the far seedier Welcome To The Johnson's), and its incredibly selection of whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes, the Whiskey Ward remains one of the coolest places in New York City's Lower East Side. Enjoy a fatty glass of unfiltered oil-in Macallan while shooting pool or sitting beneath the massive painting of a Southern belle vampire that adorns one wall. Shadowy and wood-paneled, with barrels for tables and the occasional wrought-iron stool to plop down on, the Whiskey Ward is one place where patrons can enjoy the finer spirits in life while still feeling like they're in some down-and-dirty saloon. Bottoms up, gentlemen.
Pickle Back Shots!
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
This is the first (but not last) place I had a pickle back shot. If you don't know, that's a shot of whiskey chased with a shot of pickle juice. Yum! But Whiskey Ward has the best tasting pickle juice of anywhere in the city. And they have a bunch of other shot combinations, some tasty, some strange, but all worth trying. I love the whimsy of this place-- it draws liquor connoisseurs and young revelers alike. Don't be turned off by its divey facade-- the bar really takes pride in its offerings and has a serious happy hour. Love love LOVE the Whiskey Ward.
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