A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

January 18, 2020

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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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    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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    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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    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

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    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Stage-Side Seats

    570 10th Ave, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    328 positive reviews
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    Drunk Shakespeare - Balcony Seats

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    Performing a full Shakespeare play is hard. Performing a Shakespeare play while wasted is just as hard, however, so much more entertaining! Sit back and watch as 1 person from this talented team of actors take at least 5 shots of whiskey, then try to act out, let alone remember, one of The Bard's master works. The result is exciting, hilarious, passionate, and totally unpredictable. Like Macbeth said, Drink, sir, is a great provoker -- and provoke they will! Prepare to be wildly entertained by professional drinkers with a serious Shakespeare problem.
    Drunk Shakespeare - Balcony Seats

    570 10th Ave, New York

    • Experience the intoxicating thrill of live theater with Drunk Shakespeare
    • Watch actors take several shots and then try to perform a Shakespeare play
    • Laugh at liquor-inspired interpretations of classic characters
    • Indulge in libations of your own as you watch the performance
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    328 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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    13 positive reviews
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    Wine Tasting Sail

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    Add some elegance to your lazy Sundays, and set sail on the New York Harbor for an afternoon of wine and relaxation. Venture out with a wine expert from Montesquieu, a full-service wine group that connects American wine lovers with the best wines in the world. And what's more American than having your reds and whites on the big blue? You'll enjoy an eclectic selection of wines from differing countries and trends, paired with cheeses and charcuterie to expand your palate. Taste the hidden gems from Montesquieu cellars, whose vineyards are steeped in tradition, with wines reflecting unique and local culture. Give your Sunday Funday some well'earned charm. All aboard!
    Wine Tasting Sail

    North Cove Marina, New York

    • Set sail for a casual, informative, and fun wine tasting on the New York Harbor
    • Accompanied by a wine expert from Montesquieu, you'll expand your palate with a variety of wines across the globe
    • Pair wines with cheeses and charcuterie from the famously delicious cheese shop, Stinky Bklyn
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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, viewing 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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    198 positive reviews
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    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

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    Tired of having to run out to the store every time you want to relax and have a cold one? Then it's time to learn the ABCs of home brewing! Starting with fundamental theory and materials, you'll go over key terms and definitions, including extract brewing, malts, grains, and yeasts, as well as great techniques to brew your own craft beer. You will review the most common mistakes of home brewing and have the chance to taste a sample of good ol' home brewed beer. Develop a deeper understanding of beer and its ingredients, and become a proficient home brewer and cultivated beer drinker!
    Brewshop 101: Home Beer Brewing Essentials

    700 Washington Ave, New York

    • Learn how to brew your own beer
    • Understand the techniques and fundamental theory behind home brewing
    • Learn how to avoid common mistakes
    • No experience necessary
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