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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    Beer Garden Silent Disco at Bohemian

    This Silent Disco Party at Bohemian Beer Garden is one summer night you’ll never forget. 3 DJ's and hundreds of partiers create a one of kind a experience. This upscale club is ideal for your next birthday party or girls night out. When you arrive you'll receive a pair of special wireless headphones. You can adjust the volume and choose between up to three DJ's with a flip of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows what channel you are listening to, so you can dance along with those listening to the same DJ as you. It's super social; just lower the volume or take the headphones off to talk to that girl or guy. There's no loud music that you have to talk over. Plus, there's no ringing in your ears when you leave!
    Beer Garden Silent Disco at Bohemian

    2919 24th Ave Queens, New York

    • Dance and socialize with hundreds of others until early morning at Bohemian Beer Garden
    • Party to three different DJs spinning simultaneously thanks to a unique wireless headset
    • Enjoy a heart-pounding clubbing experience where you choose the music you listen to
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    Classic and Creative Cocktails

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    In two fun-filled hours you can become a confident bartender, creating delicious and gorgeous cocktails, to the delight of your guests. A master mixologist will walk you through how to stock a basic bar and create classic cocktails as well as some fabulous new recipes that will impress the most discerning sippers. The instructor will demonstrate each cocktail on the extensive menu, giving you the opportunity to taste them all. Each student will be paired with a partner and have the opportunity to make their two favorites from the list. The class includes a segment on stylish garnishes, from standard olives and lemon twists, to a few imaginative extras. You take away an e-booklet on the well stocked bar including recipes for cocktails, and a space for you to note your personal preferences.
    Classic and Creative Cocktails

    340 W 40th, New York

    • Learn the ins and outs of cocktail making
    • Get hands on experience behind the bar
    • Make, shake, and taste your own drinks!
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    5 positive reviews
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    Mad Men Cocktails Tour Experience

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    Mad Men fans will delight in this tour of three establishments features on the hit show. Step into the shoes of a 1960's advertising executive during this bar-hopping tour of Madison Avenue. Along the way, your guide will fill you in on the historical importances of these locales, and how their past was recreated on the show. Inside the bars, you'll be treated to three complimentary cocktails. Of course, you're free to purchase more if you'd like, in addition to ordering up some of the delicious foods these venues have to offer. Be sure and dress in your best 60's attire to complete the feel. Channel your inner Betty or Don while you're sipping on that Tom Collins, you might just come up with the next great automobile ad.
    Mad Men Cocktails Tour Experience

    Grand Central Station, New York

    • Tour three different establishments featured on the hit show Mad Men
    • Learn about the history of these spots and their importance to the Madison Avenue advertising scene
    • Enhance the experience with a few complimentary cocktails, plus downloadable 60's-style photographs
    • Indulge your whimsical side for a night with a step back in time
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    1 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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    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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    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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    205 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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    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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    32 positive reviews

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