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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    Champagne Sunset Cruise

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    Twice a year, a sunset beautifully illuminates the Manhattan streets with the sun setting perfectly down each streetway. You shouldn't be forced to experience Manhattanhenge's beauty only twice per year. With the Champagne Sunset Cruise, you have a chance to experience this beautiful sunset whenever you want. You'll traverse the island's waterways, visiting bridges, Governor's Island, Ellis Island, and parts of Queens and Brooklyn. All the while, sip on a tasty drink and relax on the boat deck. How much better can life get?
    Champagne Sunset Cruise

    62 Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Sail on a luxurious 1920s yacht, watching the sunset on the Manhattan skyline
    • Enjoy views of Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, and various architecturally and historically significant bridges
    • Sip a complimentary beverage during the trip
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    204 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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    Wine & Cheese Pairing Cruise

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    Is there anything better than sipping wine and touring Manhattan on the water? On the deck of a 1920's style vessel, you will sail around NYC and witness the city skyline like you've never seen it before, while tasting wines from a specific region of the world. You'll learn the basics of wine tasting, analyzing grapes, viticulture, and trends, in a fun informative environment. To complement your wine and sailing experience further, various artisan and farmstead cheeses will be provided, in addition to a selection of dried fruit, nuts and breads. Don't miss your opportunity to soiree on the water and sip some wine in a way that would make Gatsby jealous.
    Wine & Cheese Pairing Cruise

    62 Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Sip five different wines as you sail the waters surrounding Manhattan
    • Learn the basics of wine tasting in a fun, informative environment
    • Discover grape varieties, wine regions, and trends
    • Enjoy complimentary artisanal cheese, fruit, and nuts
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    204 positive reviews
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    Wine & Cheese Pairing on Yacht Manhattan

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    Join Classic Harbor Line for their series celebrating the wonderfully diverse and ever-changing world of wine! Each week they will focus on a different region exploring the grapes, styles, soils, viticulture, and tasting techniques that will help you enjoy your wine! These interactive tastings will be conducted by a wine professional in a fun, relaxed atmosphere aboard the beautiful yacht Manhattan. The tastings you will be introduced to will also feature a number of different artisan and farmstead cheeses selected each week to complement the wines of the day. In addition, a selection of dried fruit, nuts and breads will be served to highlight each pairing. Together with fellow wine enthusiasts you'll learn the basics of tasting in a fun, informative setting, find out what makes each wine different and unique, and discuss major styles, grape varieties, regions, and trends. All aboard!
    Wine & Cheese Pairing on Yacht Manhattan

    62 Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Taste five different wines from a specific region of the world aboard a yacht
    • Cruise around Manhattan and pair those wines with the perfect cheeses
    • Learn about wine and its various components
    • Sit back and let the wine relax you among the beautiful views
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    204 positive reviews
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    Italian Wines: North to South

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    As the world's largest exporter of wine, Italy knows a thing or two about distinctive, exalted wines. Before ancient Rome, Italy produced wine at a staggering rate. During ancient Rome, Italy produced wine at a staggering rate. After ancient Rome, Italy continues to produce wine at a staggering rate. This Italian Wines class will focus on the various wine producing regions, their culture, and of course, the respective wines they are known for. While Northern Italy dominates the production scene, with the likes of Barbaresco, Chianti, and Schiava, Southern Italy enjoys equally as delicious classics like Primitivo and Taurasi. You'll get to sample them all in this tasty experience and become an expert on Italian wines!
    Italian Wines: North to South

    330 West 11th Street, New York

    • Discover and learn all you ever wanted to know about Italian wine
    • Taste and compare wines from Northern and Southern Italy
    • Experience the different tastes, textures, and histories of these two wine regions
    • Learn which wines are worth hunting down for future samplings
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    24 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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