The Shanty

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last reviewed on 18-May-2015

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Address: 79 Richardson Street (@ Leonard St), Greenpoint, New York, NY , 11222, United States
Tel: +1 718 412 087
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon 6pm-midnight; Tue–Fri 6pm-2am; Sat 3pm-2am; Sun 3pm-midnight
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Established: 2011
Owned by: Tom Potter, Allen Katz & Bill Potter


Tucked into a warehouse on an almost-deserted street in Williamsburg, The Shanty is different from other New York cocktail bars. For one thing, if you make your way past the tables and look to your right, you'll see a large plate-glass window set into the exposed-brick, and beyond it you'll see a still. For The Shanty is the retail operation of the New York Distilling Company, which makes gin, rye whiskey and Rock & Rye. Distillery tours usually offer you a taste, to be sure, but how often do you have a full bar and the opportunity to drink gin twenty feet from where it's made?

It's a comfortable, dark space, lit by candles, Edison bulbs, and terra-cotta light fixtures designed to look like old-style liquor bottles. The selections aren't limited to the house-made gins; the back bar boasts a truly impressive array of spirits. The classically-inspired drink menu is designed to show off the best attributes of their products, and also spotlights other Brooklyn and New York State producers.

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