A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

April 18, 2016

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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Total NYC Tour Combo 3: Midtown Sites, Bites & NYC Breweries

    On this tour, you’ll get all the major sites like Times Square, 5th Avenue and Rockefeller Center, plus you’ll see all the amazing hidden local food shops in the middle of the craziness that is Midtown Manhattan. Then, when you’ve had your fill, you’ll shoot across the East River to Long Island City in Queens to visit some of the best craft breweries in the city, that are all clustered in this amazing neighborhood. You’ll get brewhouse tours, dinner and, of course, beer. Not a bad way to end a beautiful day of sightseeing and eating.
    Total NYC Tour Combo 3: Midtown Sites, Bites & NYC Breweries

    89 E 42nd St, New York

    • See famous NYC sites like Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and more
    • Discover hidden local food spots, retail shops and a quiet oasis in the world’s busiest neighborhood
    • Become a true New York craft beer expert
    • Experience two great NYC tours in one full-day combo
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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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    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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    Cayuga Wine Trail West with Wood-Fired Pizza Lunch

    Can't quite put your finger on the Finger Lakes? Get in touch with this full-day tour featuring wine, history, and wood-fired pizza! You'll kick things off with an owner-led tour of Cayuga Ridge Winery, where you'll stroll through scenic vineyards and get an inside look at the winemaking process. Before heading off to your next destination, you'll enjoy a wine tasting with a cheese pairing. Lunch is held at the Copper Oven, where you'll enjoy a mouthwatering pizza, topped with your choice of locally-sourced ingredients and fired to order on a french copper oven. Sufficiently fueled, you'll make your way to Hosmer Winery, where you'll experience a vertical tasting of the same wine in order to learn about the effect of aging and seasonal variation on flavor. You will also indulge in a wine and chocolate pairing. Then you're off to Goose Watch Winery where you'll never believe what awaits you. It's wine. After a sparkling wine and cheese pairing, you'll head to Sheldrake Point Winery. Featuring a lakefront tasting room and a range of delicious wines, including an ice wine (paired with biscotti), this scenic setting is a great place to end your day of grape musings. Except that your day will actually end at Taughannock Falls overlook, the tallest waterfall in the Eastern United States. Cheers!
    Cayuga Wine Trail West with Wood-Fired Pizza Lunch

    222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca

    • Visit three different wineries on the western shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region, including Cayuga Ridge WInery, Hosmer Winery, Goose Watch Winery, and Sheldrake Point Winery
    • Expand your knowledge of wine during professionally guided tastings and tours
    • Fill up on lunch of brick-oven pizza, and enjoy delicious wine pairings
    • Learn about the history of Fingers Lake and winemaking in the region from a local guide
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    Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt

    Winemaking and merrimaking have always gone hand in hand, and this tour of all things grape on Seneca Lake is no exception. Focusing on the lake's vinifera grape-growing southeastern shore, you'll visit three local wine institutions that are worth all the buzz. You'll begin with a vineyard tour at Standing Stone Vineyards, where you'll sample Chardonnays and Cabernets straight from the barrel, before heading to the tasting room for a bottled tasting paired with local cheese. Up next, you'll head to Chateau Lafayette Reneau for a tasting of the 2014 Governor's Cup Winner for the best singular wine in New York State, a semi-dry Riesling, as well a Cabernet and canape pairing. You'll end your wine-tasting journey at Damiani Wine Cellars with a tasting of a few of the top vinifera reds in the region and locally-made chocolates designed specifically for them. Pretty sweet, huh?
    Vinifera Wines of the Seneca Lake Banana Belt

    222 S Cayuga St, Ithaca

    • Visit three different wineries on the southeastern shore of Seneca Lake, including Stading Stone VIneyards, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, and Damiani Wine Cellars
    • Expand your knowledge of wine during professionally guided tastings and tours
    • Snack on delicious pairings designed to compliment the experience, including chocolate, canape, and cheese
    • Enjoy a relaxed day touring some of the best wineries in the region!
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    Champagne Brunch Sail

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    What's a better way to start your Sunday than with a brunch on the open water? Sail off into the scenic, cityscape's surrounded waters of Manhattan while nourishing your mind and body with beautiful views, delicious foods, mimosas, and cocktails. The buffet brunch has a classic New York feel. You'll be able to indulge in a variety of assorted muffins, homemade breads, bagels, salmon, and assorted meats and cheeses. There will be plenty of coffee and tea to quench your thirst, along with an open Prosecco bar. Take the perfect weekend sail to ease your mind from the hectic feel of the city!
    Champagne Brunch Sail

    North Cove Marina, New York

    • Set sail on a champagne brunch cruise around Manhattan
    • See the city from a remote view and enjoy the relaxing sounds and sights of the open water
    • Enjoy a variety of foods and drinks that will leave you nourished and refreshed
    • Experience superb views, drinks, and buffet'style brunch
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