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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    Greenhook Gin Distillery Tour

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    Trying to raise your spirits? Give this tour of Greenhook Ginsmiths a try, and you'll find yourself raising one of the most popular spirits of them all: gin! Located in the heart of Brooklyn, Greenhook Ginsmiths is a premier artisanal distillery that released their flagship product, American Dry Gin, just a few short years ago. Founded by an gin enthusiast, Greenhook uses top-end approaches to produce quality gin, including the a copper pot still and advanced vacuum distillation. During your walking tour, you'll see the magic in action as you walk the floor to meet the ginsmiths themselves, getting insights into their methodology firsthand. Of course, you'll also spend some time sampling their delicious range of products. Somebody's got to do the quality inspections, afterall. Bottoms up!
    Greenhook Gin Distillery Tour

    208 DuPont St, Brooklyn

    • Experience an expertly guided distillery tour in trendy Brooklyn
    • Learn about the distillery process as well as the history of gin
    • Sample the featured gin produced by the distillery
    • Expand your knowledge of spirit-making and get a little tipsy
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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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    22 positive reviews
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    SoHo Wine Tour

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    Visit two premium wine destinations in SoHo during your wine-tasting walking tour. At each stop, sample world-class wines matched with delicious cuisine while your expert guide and winemaker hosts share tips on selecting, tasting and pairing wines. Enjoy customized attention as you discover great restaurants and wine shops and learn about wine history. Get the inside scoop on how to find good values on a restaurant wine list, and even how to ask for a discount! Expect to walk around a half mile (0.8 km) total at a leisurely pace between tasting locations. At each destination, the friendly staff greets you and shows you to your private table for the tasting. It is recommended that you wear comfortable, dressy-casual clothing and shoes. Your first stop is Galli where you will savor delicious Italian or Spanish wines and Italian comfort food pairings. Learn the basics of tasting wine and pairing it with complementary foods as you snack on grilled calamari or mozzarella with tomatoes, accompanied by two glasses of wine. Your second stop will be at a second sensational restaurant in the heart of SoHo, Spring Street Natural. Spring Street Natural was founded when terms such as “farm to table”, “locavore,” and “organic” were virtually unheard of in relation to food and dining. You are guaranteed to enjoy more delicious wine and food pairings as your guide discusses the art of selecting, tasting, and pairing fine wines. Your tour will conclude after 2 hours, at which time you'll be free to enjoy another glass, hit the town, or test your newfound knowledge at a local wine shop.
    SoHo Wine Tour

    45 Mercer St, New York

    • Discover the world of wine in SoHo with friends and family
    • Visit up to four wine locations, including City Winery and Comodo
    • Learn about wine varietals from a wine ambassador in a fun and friendly environment
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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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    Distillery Tour and Tasting

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    Who doesn't enjoy a good brew? With a big name like Kings County, you know the stuff at this distillery will be good! Enjoy a laid-back, informal tour of the joint. You'll get to see the workers and the equipment in action as you walk around the facilities. Get all your alcohol-related questions answered by experts who know what they're talking about! You'll also get to make new friends with fellow alcohol aficionados. At the end of the tour, you'll try three delicious whiskeys that'll put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Find your new favorite and buy a bottle to take home for yourself!
    Distillery Tour and Tasting

    63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

    • Participate in an informal, laid-back tour of Kings County Distillery
    • Get your alcohol-related questions answered by knowledgeable guides
    • Enjoy a tasting of 3 delicious whiskeys at the end of the tour
    • Make new friends with like-minded alcohol aficionados
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    1 positive reviews
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    Beer and Brewery Tour

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    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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    Italian Wines: North to South

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    As the world's largest exporter of wine, Italy knows a thing or two about distinctive, exalted wines. Before ancient Rome, Italy produced wine at a staggering rate. During ancient Rome, Italy produced wine at a staggering rate. After ancient Rome, Italy continues to produce wine at a staggering rate. This Italian Wines class will focus on the various wine producing regions, their culture, and of course, the respective wines they are known for. While Northern Italy dominates the production scene, with the likes of Barbaresco, Chianti, and Schiava, Southern Italy enjoys equally as delicious classics like Primitivo and Taurasi. You'll get to sample them all in this tasty experience and become an expert on Italian wines!
    Italian Wines: North to South

    167 W 23 St, New York

    • Discover and learn all you ever wanted to know about Italian wine
    • Taste and compare wines from Northern and Southern Italy
    • Experience the different tastes, textures, and histories of these two wine regions
    • Learn which wines are worth hunting down for future samplings
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    21 positive reviews
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    Hamilton Happy Hour Tour

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    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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    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

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    The name "Kerouac" etched in a bathroom stall. The bar where Dylan Thomas literally fought the dying of the night... and died. The places Ginsberg howled and howled. From the beginnings of The Beat Movement to bohemia capital, Greenwich Village houses NYC's historical, literary epicenter. On this Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, you'll uncover and get a taste of the fantastic tales and historical accounts of the Village's infamous bars, literary patrons, and their alcoholic nature. Discover the underbelly, while filling your belly of malts and literature that changed the world. Cheers to that!
    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

    567 Hudson St, New York

    • Uncover the literary tales and history behind Greenwich Village's infamous bars
    • Regale in literature that changed the world, and all started in some of the bars you will visit
    • Enjoy unique stories about famous literary Village residents, while downing a few drinks
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    2 positive reviews

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