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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    West Village Pub Crawl

    This tour will take you through Greenwich Village, the district renown for being the bohemian capital of New York City. Your guide will take you to New York's classic dive bars that have left their mark on folk-rock history. This pub tour will set you right in the heart of where rock legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan started their careers. For a step back into rock history, you'll visit Bleecker Street and the music venue Cafe.
    West Village Pub Crawl

    567 Hudson St, New York

    • Travel to some of the city's most famous bars and pubs located in the liveliest neighborhoods in the city
    • Visit local night-time venues frequented by celebrities past and present
    • Enjoy a few drinks, make new friends, and crawl through the dive bars, saloons, and old ale houses
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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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    13 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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    28 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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    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

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    Tired of having to run out to the store every time you want to relax and have a cold one? Then it's time to learn the ABCs of home brewing! Starting with fundamental theory and materials, you'll go over key terms and definitions, including extract brewing, malts, grains, and yeasts, as well as great techniques to brew your own craft beer. You will review the most common mistakes of home brewing and have the chance to taste a sample of good ol' home brewed beer. Develop a deeper understanding of beer and its ingredients, and become a proficient home brewer and cultivated beer drinker!
    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

    700 Washington Ave, New York

    • Learn how to brew your own beer
    • Understand the techniques and fundamental theory behind home brewing
    • Learn how to avoid common mistakes
    • No experience necessary
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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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    Brewed in Brooklyn Tour

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    TToast your way through the past and present of beer brewing in Brooklyn! Once home to 48 breweries, this ancient trade disappeared from the borough in the 1970s, only to be reborn in recent years with craft breweries leading the way. If you want a taste (quite literally...) of the history behind beer brewing in New York, look no further! On this NYC beer tour, we'll take a behind-the-scenes local look at how beer is made at one of Brooklyn's present-day breweries. Explore the pre-prohibition era as we check out 19th century brewery buildings, visit a landmarked buildings, and share stories of the German immigrants who lived and worked in the neighborhood. Plus, don’t forget all the craft beer and food along the way! We’ll enjoy a number of great Brooklyn brews from all kinds of spots, and stop off at a local pizza joint for lunch. Join us as we raise a glass to the history and masters of beer in Brooklyn!
    Brewed in Brooklyn Tour

    Sugarburg, Brooklyn

    • Discover the history of Brooklyn brewing, with a local guide. Sample from a selection of craft beers,
    • and learn about their production
    • Listen to the local stories of brewing, bottling, and bootlegging
    • Visit remaining 19th century brewery buildings that were once part of the old Brewers Row, one of
    • which is now an amazing craft beer bar where we’ll have a beer.
    • Enjoy a pizza lunch with a beer, of course!
    • Visit one of the new craft breweries that have brought the industry back to Brooklyn.ught the industry back to Brooklyn.
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    10 positive reviews
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    Hoboken Wine Tour

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    Sniffing around for a tour that will really let you "drink in" Montclair? This vino adventure will almost certainly quench your thirst! Explore the city on foot alongside a local guide and learn all about it's hip wine culture. To supplement your learning experience, you'll visit two different restaurants and a popular wine shop. At each venue you visit, you'll not only sip wine, but enjoy delicious bites designed to bring out their flavors! Altogether, you'll sample six different wines as you learn about the art of food pairing. You'll also learn how to order and buy wine. Pair Wine Events maintains a relaxed, social atmosphere, which makes the tour a great way to meet others who share your sophisticated sense of taste ... Well, when it comes to food and wine that is!
    Hoboken Wine Tour

    740 Washington Street , Hoboken

    • Embark on a learning experience in Hoboken with a guide who will walk you through the local wine culture
    • Visit three different venues for wine and food samples
    • Learn how to taste wine, pair it with food, and order it from a menu
    • Enjoy a leisurely walk between venues, and meet other wine enthusiasts
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    Vine, Wine and Dine on East Seneca Lake

    Feeling a little bottled up? Uncork with a tour that really pours on the fun! During this trip along the eastern shores of Seneca Lake, you'll visit four local wineries, where you'll taste multiple vintages, enjoy delicious pairings, eat a gourmet lunch, and learn all about the winemaking process. The first stop on this intoxicating tour is Silver Thread Vineyards, where you'll tour the grounds before heading to the tasting room for flights of Riesling, Pinot Noir, and a Blackbird paired with local cheese. Next up, you'll head to Red Newt Wine Cellars for a private tasting of their impressive selection, followed by a locally-sourced lunch in their bistro. After lunch, you'll visit Standing Stone Vineyards to get a taste of three vintages of a single varietal, exploring the impact of aging on red wine. Finally, you'll end your adventure at Damiani Wine Cellars, for a sweet ending comprised of a locally made chocolate paired with Damiani's wines.
    Vine, Wine and Dine on East Seneca Lake

    222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca

    • Visit wineries on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, including Silver Thread Vineyards, Red Newt Wine Cellars, Damiani Wine Cellars, and Standing Stone Vineyards
    • Expand your knowledge of wine during four professionally guided tastings and tours
    • Fill up on a scrumptious bistro lunch, along with pairings such as cheese, tapas, and chocolate
    • Enjoy a relaxed day touring some of the best wineries in the region!
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