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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    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 and a delicious appetizer. 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 and an appetizer
    • Meet real New Yorkers, and mingle with people from all over the world
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    12 positive reviews
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    Brooklyn Winery Tour and Tasting

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    Welcome to NYC's wine country! Also known as Brooklyn. This little tour will let you in on a tasty secret: urban wineries are in. Get a behind the scenes look at the Brooklyn Winery, and discover how this chic facility turns upstate grapes into delicious, eye-opening vintages. After you become acquainted with the production floor and processes behind their products, you'll get to try out the winery's products for yourself during a curated tasting. If you're a wine lover with a desire to find out how wine is made, this is your chance to do so without having to leave the city. It's also a great opportunity to become acquainted with a hot local brand. It'll be barrels full of fun! Or, at least a few glasses worth.
    Brooklyn Winery Tour and Tasting

    213 N 8th St, Brooklyn

    • Explore the production floor of an urban winery located right in Brooklyn
    • Enjoy imbibing several of the tastiest offerings of this hip artisanal facility
    • Expand your knowledge of the winemaking business with an inside perspective
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    1 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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    17 positive reviews
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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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    11 positive reviews
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    Wine and Cheese Pairing Cruise (Weekday)

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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 and Cheese Pairing Cruise (Weekday)

    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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    183 positive reviews
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    Beer and Brewery Tour

    Prepare for a pub crawl of epic proportions as you and your friends explore NYC’s coolest breweries. Join the New York Beer and Brewery Tour for a ride through some of the city’s most fascinating neighborhoods in search of the best beer, best breweries and historic relics from the days New York was the brewing capital of America. You'll taste the history and the hops while your licensed tour guide does all the driving. Beer tastings are included at every stop as are the snacks along the way! You and your friends will barely be standing by the end of this beer-soaked adventure.
    Beer and Brewery Tour

    200 5th Ave, New York

    • Take a tour of NYC’s best breweries on an afternoon of fun and beer
    • Learn about the history of beer in the city from your knowledgeable tour guide
    • Sit back and relax as your guide drives you to your various destinations
    • Enjoy a day full of indulging in beer and fun
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    Wine & Cheese Pairing Classes 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 Classes 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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    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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    "Bottled Art"- Art and Wine Painting

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    Join Unarthodox for a wonderful creative night out! Bring a bottle of wine and your creativity. This is not your typical art and wine class, you'll incorporate paint, music, aromas and a meditative environment to help unleash your creativity! Leave all your stress behind, you are entering a judgement-free, friendly, fun and sophisticated environment. Come alone, bring your spouse, your date or friends. Your instructor will guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece! You will be amazed with the results! You do not need to be an artist. All supplies and materials are included. Just bring your favorite bottle of wine and Unarthodox will do the rest! This class is perfect for Private Parties and Date Night.
    "Bottled Art"- Art and Wine Painting

    547 W 27th St, New York

    • Use paint, music and meditative exercises to help unleash your creativity in a relaxed, friendly environment
    • Follow your instructor through the process of creating a masterpiece
    • Bring a bottle of wine to get your imagination moving
    • Tap into your creativity and open the floodgates for self-expression and exploration
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    Hamilton Happy Hour Tour

    Looking to follow in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton (well, minus the unfortunate ending)? Get the full "Little Lion"experience during this NYC walking tour! Tour the streets of the city's oldest neighborhood, Hamilton's very own stomping ground, alongside a friendly local guide. Enjoy anecdotes covering not just Hamilton's life, but about how the neighborhood has evolved dramatically since his days, and how his legacy played a role in that evolution. Wall Street, the Stock Exchange, and the nation's financial system are all covered. You'll also visit Hamilton's gravesite, and stop in at a variety of favorite local food stops along the way. When it's time to stop walking and talking, you'll end the tour with celebratory pint in toast of Hamilton's life at Fraunces Tavern- the very same tavern that Hamilton and Burr ate before their infamous duel. Talk about bang for your buck! Too soon?
    Hamilton Happy Hour Tour

    54 Pearl St, New York

    • Learn all about Alexander Hamilton during a NYC walking tour
    • Hear stories of Hamilton's impact on the nation's financial system
    • End your tour at the renowned Fraunces Tavern
    • Exercise your mind during a social stroll
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