NYC boasts some of the finest distilleries on the East Coast. If you’re planning a trip to the city, don’t forget to stop by a distillery or two.
Schedule a weekend tour, and you’ll learn all about the history of the distillery and NYC itself. When you visit the tasting rooms of NYC distilleries, you’ll get to try the finest bourbon, gin, and whiskey the city has to offer.
Check out my list of the best NYC distilleries below!
299 Sands St, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Kings County Distillery is in Downtown Brooklyn, not far from the Brooklyn Bridge. Kings County Distillery is a great place to enjoy a whiskey, and it is right on the corner of Sands St. and Navy St.
Head to The Gatehouses Tasting Room to order whiskey and cocktails and spend time in the relaxed environment. Check the menu for daily specials.
Kings County Distillery is for whiskey lovers, and they make it from scratch at this historic NYC location. However, their menu includes more than just traditional whiskey. My favorite is Irish coffee, but you can order any cocktail infused with bourbon or whiskey.
79 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Visit Williamsburg for a drink at the New York Distilling Co. This hip distillery is by McCarren Park, at the corner of Leonard St. and Bayard St. Tom Potter runs this location, and he is an expert in the wine and food world.
You can order drinks at the Shanty, New York Distilling Co.’s restaurant. I recommend the Purple Rain, which features Dorothy Parker gin and oat milk. Also, check out their famous Ragtime Rye whiskey.
6 Bay St Fl. 1, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Head down to the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn to visit the Van Brunt Stillhouse. Their tasting room and cocktail bar are not far from Red Hook Park, and it is just off of the intersection of Coffey St. and Otsego St. A locally-based company, Van Brunt Stillhouse has a down-to-earth vibe.
Try some authentic whiskey and bourbon in the tasting room. Order a classic whiskey ginger, a lemon drop with rose water, or purchase a bottled cocktail.
208 Dupont St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Greenhook Ginsmiths is near Pulaski Bridge in Greenpoint, and it offers intimate, relaxed tours. Located on Dupont St., Greenhook Ginsmiths distills a distinctly American gin, and it’s a place you won’t want to miss when you’re in NYC.
Greenhook Ginsmiths sells gin exclusively, and you can purchase dry gin, Old Tom gin, or beach plum gin.
You also can order a can of gin and tonic, which is my favorite. After you enjoy a tour of the distillery, pick up a 4-pack of gin and tonics on your way out.
780 E 133rd St, Bronx, NY 10454
Taste pitorro, a drink with Puerto Rican flair, at the Port Morris Distillery in the Port Morris neighborhood near the East River.
Rafael Barbosa and William Valentin are the founders and co-owners of Port Morris Distillery. They brought their uncle’s recipe to this hip distillery in the Bronx, at E 133rd St. and Willow Ave.
Pitorro traditionally includes apples, brown sugar, and honey, but you can order several different flavors at the distillery. The coconut pitorro is a great option, but I also enjoy the ginger flavor.
218 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Stop by Conover St. for an outing at Widow Jane Distillery, a sophisticated distillery in Red Hook. Public tours are available on weekends, and you can top off your afternoon with a trip to Botanica, the tasting room.
It’s not far from the Louis Valentino Jr. pier, so you can stop and see a beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty after seeing the distillery.
Try a whiskey cocktail like the Ginger Jane, or go for a hot drink like the mulled apple cider. Botanica at Widow Jane also offers non-alcoholic selections, including virgin apple cider and lemon limes mocktails.
68 34th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Standard Wormwood Distillery has a rustic atmosphere, and you can visit it on 34th St. in Sunset Park. It’s a few streets away from the historical landmark Battle Hill, and the distillery has its roots in long traditions.
The liquors are made in small batches using a traditional French recipe. Try the Adirondack coffee, and check out the hot spiced cider. Standard Wormwood Distillery is a perfect place to visit on a cold winter day.
201 Saw Mill River Rd, Yonkers, NY 10701
Head over to the Alexander Smith Carpet Mills Historic District in Yonkers to check out this upscale distillery.
David and Dorit Nahmias own Nahmias et Fils, and their family has operated the company since 1900. The distillery is off of Lake Ave, near the Saw Mill River.
The distillery sells a traditional Moroccan drink called Mahia, a brandy made from figs. You can also buy bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey, or their famous Spirit of Yonkers distilled beer.
68 34th St Building 6, 2nd Floor, 11232
Visit Fort Hamilton Distillery & Tasting Room in Industry City, Brooklyn, a location with a traditional vibe. The Fort Hamilton Distillery is by the Gowanus Expressway, near 34th St. and 3rd Ave. Their spirits are hearty and well-aged, and it’s a trip you won’t want to miss.
Fort Hamilton Distillery features locally-sourced grains, and anything you order is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds.
I recommend trying the classic double-barrel bourbon, but you can order local beer and wine if that’s more up your alley.
Don’t leave NYC without visiting the iconic distilleries. Touring distilleries is one of my favorite things to do in NYC, and I learn more about the city’s history every time I go.
NYC’s distilleries have influences from all over the world, and you can sample Moroccan fig brandy, Irish coffee, and traditional French liquors all in one trip to the city.
Check the distillery websites to see if you can schedule a tour while you’re in NYC. Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment, and we’ll check it out!