Brandy Library — 78.3 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Brandy Library was much more pleasant than the 78.3 decibel reading would suggest.  We think the meter may have picked up chatter between the bartender and a nearby guest, which artificially elevated the reading, because we found the space to be really pleasant and did not feel that we were straining ourselves to have a conversation.  The bar top was made of copper, so perhaps that effected how sound was reflected.  In any event, sometimes a reading is higher than a space feels–this was one of those times.

We have been advised that Brandy Library doesn’t get louder than it was during our visit, which was fairly crowded.  But be advised, reservations are a must if you wish to visit Thursday through Saturday.

Brandy Library’s selection of brandies, whiskeys, and other liquors is extensive, and there is a smaller beer and wine menu.  It also has a food menu offering sandwiches, entrees, and small plates.  The bartenders are very knowledgeable, so if you want some guidance when you order, you are in luck.  In fact, Brandy Library offers a roster of classes to guide you through the world of whiskeys, scotches, and other spirits.

Brandy Library is where grown ups go to drink.  It is, in a word, civilized.  Well worth a visit.


Sunday through Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday: 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.


Street (betw. Hudson and Varick Streets), New York, NY 10013


Brandy Library

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