WHY HERE: Named after a creek that once ran through New York’s Brooklyn neighborhood, this bar boasts more than 400 different whiskeys, from old warhorses to ultra-rare small-batch stuff. Alumni of Barcade and Gutter have transformed the old Art Land space into a comfortable oak and wainscotting pub with a spacious backyard. Along with the crazy huge whiskey selection, great beer and cocktails, you’ll also find a serious grilled-cheese pairing menu, including options like the Barbara (sharp cheddar, gruyere, spicy honey and bacon on sourdough) and the Betsy, fusing Vermont chevre and apricot jam on ciabatta.
WHY NOW: Consumer interest in brown spirits shows no sign of slowing, and this casual whiskey-centric Williamsburg joint is ideal for those looking to learn more in a relaxed, unpretentious setting. And with an increasing number of whiskeys popping up from new destinations like India and South Africa, Noorman’s Kil is a destination for those looking to try these modern offerings alongside staples from Scotland and Kentucky.