I interrupt the regularly-scheduled blog posts—you know, the ones about a swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day dinner and a wonderfully warming bowl of ramen — to tell you about a little snippet of heaven I stumbled upon while in New York City.
The Flatiron Room is a whiskey bar unlike any other. They offer more than 750 whiskeys from around the world, covering every region and type of whiskey imaginable. As a whiskey woman known for ordering Maker’s Mark on the rocks at the opera and sipping on single malt whisky at a baseball game in Japan, I was ecstatic—after my head stopped spinning in disbelief from their massive menu.
Their menu was more like a text book, with page after page of gloriously unfamiliar ryes, single malts and bourbons—oh my! (No seriously :: check out their whiskey selection!) Luckily the menu isn’t just a never-ending list, it’s also an information guide broken down by region and type, with flavor profile descriptions and a splash of history.
Still, I was overwhelmed. And that’s why flights are such a life-saver. The Flatiron Room offers flights focused on bourbon, rye and single malt; the Discovery flight aimed at different types of whiskeys from different areas, the World Tour covering various regions around the world (including a Tasmanian single malt) and the King’s Road with 17-21 year old scotches, each with six whiskeys per flight.
I ordered the Bourbon Flight ($40), with tastes of Hudson Baby Bourbon, Maker’s 46, Michters US #1, Bulleit Bourbon, Rowan’s Creek and Kings Country Bourbon. Because I’d already had Maker’s 46 , the bartender swapped it for Noah’s Mill, a small batch whiskey distillery in Kentucky.
Whiskeys are also available by the bottle and the Flatiron Room will keep it there for you for future consumption. (That blew this Utah girl away!) They also have cocktails if you’re not a whiskey on the rocks person, plus beer, wine and champagne. They serve food, too, but I didn’t get a chance to try it.
Oh, and they hold whiskey classes, called Whiskey School, and have live entertainment like jazz music and burlesque performances. I told you the Flatiron Room was like a shot of heaven right in New York City!
Go to the Flatiron Room for :: whiskey or whisky, however you prefer to spell it, they have it there. The atmosphere is impressive and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable, too. Notes :: Open Monday-Saturday 5 p.m.-2 a.m. and Sundays 5 p.m.-midnight. Reservations are recommended and can be made online here.