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Issue 97 - BIG Apple Bars

Whisky Magazine Issue 97
July 2011


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BIG Apple Bars

Liza Weisstuch takes us out to some favourite haunts in New York city's boroughs

They say whatever you want, you can find it in New York City. If it's a fine dram you're after, you don't have to look very hard to find it. Amid the tickertape tempo of Wall Street, the staunch Old World charm of the Lower East Side, Chinatown's efficient commotion, and the uber-hip enclaves of Brooklyn, the whisky flows far more freely than the traffic. And as everyone knows: it's always advisable to go with the flow.

Mary Queen of Scots
115 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002
Tel: 212.460.0915

There have, in fact, been quite a few newcomers into Manhattan's whisky kingdom over the last two years. One that's made a particularly royal entrance sits on a low key street not far from a stretch of restaurant supply shops. Mary Queen of Scots, which arrived last October, is a cross between a Scottish estate house's drawing room and a French brasserie. (No surprise, given that Mary ruled over France and Scotland.) The owners of Highlands, an unassuming spot in the West Village that bills itself as a contemporary Scottish gastro-pub, opened this Lower East Side malt mecca where earthy Scottish sensibility (wrought-iron chandeliers, meat pies, Scottish cheddar and a catalogue of foods sourced from the British Isles, Scotch whisky galore) is wrapped up in French style (dim lighting, banquettes upholstered in tartan from Lochcarron, the producer that supplies Vivienne Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen, an extensive Gallic wine list.) They stocked the s...

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