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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    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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    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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    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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    Cooking with Wine (BYOB)

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    Whether you are a full blown wine expert or just a leisurely drinker, there is no doubt that wine enhances the flavor of food. Come and cook some of Taste Buds Kitchen's favorite dishes that just so happen to include wine. Learn to make perfectly baked Salmon En Papillote with seasonal vegetables, Bacon & Leek Risotto and Red Wine Poached Pears with hand whipped cream. Perfect for a special date night or an evening out with friends!
    Cooking with Wine (BYOB)

    109 W 27th St, New York

    • Develop your culinary skills with a social cooking-with-wine class
    • Learn to make a variety of delicious recipes with hands-on instruction in a group setting
    • Bring your favorite beer or wine to enhance the fun
    • Bring your friends, make some new ones, and enjoy a delicious meal
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    86 positive reviews

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