Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
Regulars and employees, past and present, gathered last Wednesday night for a farewell to the Whiskey Ward.
The low-key neighborhood bar at 121 Essex between Rivington and Delancey has been on the Lower East Side for nearly 24 years.
I arrived as co-owner Sandee Wright was prepping to open on this special night...
"Things changed a lot after COVID, and people had less disposable income...and whiskies were hard to come by, especially ones like Pappy Van Winkle. It's impossible to get the good stuff — the bottles no one else has."
As we understand it, a friend of Wright's plans to apply for a new liquor license and take over the space — operating under a new name — in the months ahead.