A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

April 18, 2018

Looking for the best bars in NYC? 

Though we like to consider ourselves seasoned barflies, it’s always best to defer to the professionals. So we asked these cocktail experts about their favorite spots to catch a buzz in NYC. Here are their favorite bars, breweries, and speakeasies in the city.

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    Wine Tasting 101

    With our resident sommelier, you will have an opportunity to taste and contrast six different wines, which will be on a rotational basis by seasonality. In the process, we aim to help you learn such wine basics as varietal, tasting techniques, region/history, everyday-practical wine appreciation tips etc. In addition, it is our goal that through our discussions, it would help calibrate your palate as you embark on this lifelong adventure called wine. Prepare to leave this class one step closer to being a sommelier or simply impressing friends with your newfound knowledge at the next dinner party. No experience is necessary as this is a fun and instructive event open to anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of wine.
    Wine Tasting 101

    50 3rd Ave, New York

    • Build your basic wine knowledge with a resident sommelier
    • Enjoy a tasting of six different wines from various regions
    • Engage your senses while having fun and possibly discovering a new favorite wine!
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    Gun Hill Brewing Company Brewery Tour

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    Tap into your inner beer lover during this frothy experience. Check out the inner workings of one of NYC's favorite microbreweries, getting an intimate look at how this facility crafts delicious and complex beers from start-to-finish. Featuring a range of products, such as barrel-aged stouts, pomegranate wheats, and more hoppy concoctions, Gun Hill Brewing Company features a little something for everyone. Of course, in addition to learning about the thought and work behind these brews, you'll be able to judge them for yourself with ample tastings. One thing is certain - this tour is sure to keep you foaming at the mouth.
    Gun Hill Brewing Company Brewery Tour

    3227 Laconia Ave, Bronx

    • Tour the production floors of a popular and creative New York microbrewery
    • Taste a range of delicious beers while learning about the processes that differentiate them
    • Discover a new favorite brand of beer during an intimate introduction
    • Enjoy expanding your knowledge of brewing while letting loose with a few drinks
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    12 positive reviews
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    Hamilton Happy Hour

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    With the growing popularity of the musical Hamilton, you’ll love this tour celebrating the life of this great Founding Father. This Family Friendly tour will take place in the Financial District, which was the entire city in Hamilton’s time. You’ll visit key spots in the Hamilton story including Trinity Church where he is buried, the Federal Reserve Bank which is a descendant of the first Federal Bank established by Hamilton, the sites of the Bank of New York and Manhattan Banks formed by the future duelists, and finally you’ll end at Fraunces Tavern where Hamilton himself often drank. Learn all about Hamilton’s life, his rivalry with Burr, and other facts not found in the musical.
    Hamilton Happy Hour

    75 Broadway, New York

    • Dive deep into the story of the star of the hit musical Hamilton in NYC’s most historic neighborhood
    • Pay your respects at Hamilton’s gravesite located in one of the most historic churchyards in town
    • Discover the origins of the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street’s many other financial institutions
    • Grab a pint at the tavern where Hamilton and Burr broke bread for the last time before their infamous duel
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    1 positive reviews
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    NYC Pizza, Beer & History Tour

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    Pizza and beer: a celebrated combo among college students. However, anyone can enjoy these delicious classics, as you'll discover on this walking tour through some of the best pizza and beer haunts Greenwich Village has to offer. Italian immigrants have been making pizzas here for decades! You'll discover interesting tidbits about each unique place, the different and very important ingredients, and even various oven types, all while savoring three different styles of pizza. Between slices, wash everything down with a visit to two historic bars, including a former speakeasy that operated during the prohibition. You will also get to hear about the local history and see what drew famous artists and musicians, such as Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to this neighborhood. Raise your glass, grab a plate, and get ready for a pizza and beer experience unlike any other.
    NYC Pizza, Beer & History Tour

    201 Bleecker St, New York

    • Enjoy a walking tour of pizza and beer in Greenwich Village
    • Visit three different pizzerias, each specializing in a different style of pizza
    • Sample beers from a well-known speakeasy
    • Discuss the architecture, people, and history of this unique and vibrant neighborhood
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    12 positive reviews
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    NYC Brewery Tour

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    Craft beer in the USA is a rapidly growing industry, and one that we at Urban Adventures happily support. There are more than 5,500 breweries across the country, which has led to tasting and appreciating craft beer becoming something akin to a pro sport, and many of the top of the league players make neighborhood taprooms their stomping ground. Join in on this NYC Brewery Tour, to explore the wonderful world of craft beer as we visit several Long Island City (Queens) breweries, sampling their delectable products and discovering everything you need to know about craft beer in the States. This beer tour is a one-stop-shop for all things craft beer related! You'll learn all about the brewing process, what kind of ingredients go into making a killer pint, what to look out for when distinguishing between different varieties of beer, and how to taste a craft beer like the experts do! You’ll come away from this tour with all the pro knowledge you need to turn yourself, and your friends, into craft beer aficionados.
    NYC Brewery Tour

    Albert E. Short Triangle, Long Island City

    • Become a craft beer expert in NYC!
    • Wander the streets of one of the City’s best brewery corridors, while a local teaches you all about the city’s obsession with a craft beer.
    • Sample tastings of local beers from three different breweries
    • Meet the brewers and taproom managers as you learn all about the rise of craft beer in America and NYC
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    8 positive reviews
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    Rooftop Lounge Experience

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    Check out the view from the top with an exciting night out at New York's coolest rooftop bars and lounges. You'll hang out at three exclusive locations, like Skyroom, Monarch, PHD, or 230 Fifth. Throughout the night, enjoy three perfectly balanced complimentary drinks of your choice. Rub elbows and clink glasses with native New Yorkers and world travelers alike, and get ready for a ritzy night on and above the town that you won't soon forget.
    Rooftop Lounge Experience

    Midtown, New York

    • Hang out at 3 of New York's best rooftop bars and lounges
    • Take in the NYC skyline at bars such as Skyroom, Monarch, PHD, and 230 Fifth
    • Enjoy 3 complimentary drinks
    • Meet real New Yorkers, and mingle with people from all over the world
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    13 positive reviews
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    New York Craft Cocktail Tour

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    Do you consider yourself a cocktail aficionado? Or perhaps you're the kind of person who sits down at a cocktail bar and orders a beer? Regardless, this is the tour for you! This Happy Hour tour will bring you to the center of New York's booming cocktail culture as you visit some of the best cocktail bars in the city. Along the way you will sample delicious libations, swap tales of speakeasies and gangsters, and shop for new local craft spirit. You'll even get a chance to learn how to make craft cocktails, while discovering some of the best places to grab a drink in the Big Apple. It's a great way to start off an unforgettable evening in New York City.
    New York Craft Cocktail Tour

    Avenue A & St Marks Pl, New York

    • Find the best tucked-away places to grab a drink in New York's East Village
    • Learn how prohibition shaped NYC, and the speakeasies and gangsters who influenced the city's cocktail culture
    • Discover new spirits from local micro-distilleries and see how bartenders are revolutionizing cocktails in America with fresh, artisanal ingredients
    • Taste delicious craft cocktails at some of New York's best bars
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    26 positive reviews
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    SoHo Wine Tour

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    Visit two premium wine destinations in SoHo during your wine-tasting walking tour. At each stop, sample world-class wines matched with delicious cuisine while your expert guide and winemaker hosts share tips on selecting, tasting and pairing wines. Enjoy customized attention as you discover great restaurants and wine shops and learn about wine history. Get the inside scoop on how to find good values on a restaurant wine list, and even how to ask for a discount! Expect to walk around a half mile (0.8 km) total at a leisurely pace between tasting locations. At each destination, the friendly staff greets you and shows you to your private table for the tasting. It is recommended that you wear comfortable, dressy-casual clothing and shoes. Your first stop is Galli where you will savor delicious Italian or Spanish wines and Italian comfort food pairings. Learn the basics of tasting wine and pairing it with complementary foods as you snack on grilled calamari or mozzarella with tomatoes, accompanied by two glasses of wine. Your second stop will be at a second sensational restaurant in the heart of SoHo, Spring Street Natural. Spring Street Natural was founded when terms such as “farm to table”, “locavore,” and “organic” were virtually unheard of in relation to food and dining. You are guaranteed to enjoy more delicious wine and food pairings as your guide discusses the art of selecting, tasting, and pairing fine wines. Your tour will conclude after 2 hours, at which time you'll be free to enjoy another glass, hit the town, or test your newfound knowledge at a local wine shop.
    SoHo Wine Tour

    45 Mercer St, New York

    • Discover the world of wine in SoHo with friends and family
    • Visit up to four wine locations, including City Winery and Comodo
    • Learn about wine varietals from a wine ambassador in a fun and friendly environment
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    9 positive reviews
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    Brewery Tour

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    Looking for a beer that really talks to you? Transmitter Brewery prides itself on informed exploration and innovation in craft beer, bringing their own unique take on traditional beer styles. This brewery tour will give you an inside look at their community supported operation, touring the brewery floor to learn about the craft beer making process from start to finish. If you're a beer lover, this is great way to become acquainted with the complex processes behind some of your favorite styles. Of course, you'll also have ample opportunities to taste the difference for yourself, since what's a brewery tour without a few brews? Indulge yourself in getting to know one of NYC's hottest microbreweries during a tour that will leave you hopping.
    Brewery Tour

    53-02 11th St, Long Island City

    • Expand your knowledge of beer craft during a comprehensive brewery tour
    • Discover the processes behind creating some of your favorite beer styles
    • Enjoy tasting several of the brewery's best products during guided tastings
    • Become intimately acquainted with an up-and-coming NYC craft beer maker
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    7 positive reviews
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    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

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    The name "Kerouac" etched in a bathroom stall. The bar where Dylan Thomas literally fought the dying of the night... and died. The places Ginsberg howled and howled. From the beginnings of The Beat Movement to bohemia capital, Greenwich Village houses NYC's historical, literary epicenter. On this Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, you'll uncover and get a taste of the fantastic tales and historical accounts of the Village's infamous bars, literary patrons, and their alcoholic nature. Discover the underbelly, while filling your belly of malts and literature that changed the world. Cheers to that!
    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

    567 Hudson St, New York

    • Uncover the literary tales and history behind Greenwich Village's infamous bars
    • Regale in literature that changed the world, and all started in some of the bars you will visit
    • Enjoy unique stories about famous literary Village residents, while downing a few drinks
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    2 positive reviews

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