A Professional Drinker's Guide to NYC

January 18, 2020

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.

(2 activities)
Reset Filters
  • Book Now

    Champagne Sunset Cruise

    (203)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    202 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Hoboken Wine Tour

    (1)
    Sniffing around for a tour that will really let you "drink in" Montclair? This vino adventure will almost certainly quench your thirst! Explore the city on foot alongside a local guide and learn all about it's hip wine culture. To supplement your learning experience, you'll visit two different restaurants and a popular wine shop. At each venue you visit, you'll not only sip wine, but enjoy delicious bites designed to bring out their flavors! Altogether, you'll sample six different wines as you learn about the art of food pairing. You'll also learn how to order and buy wine. Pair Wine Events maintains a relaxed, social atmosphere, which makes the tour a great way to meet others who share your sophisticated sense of taste ... Well, when it comes to food and wine that is!
    Hoboken Wine Tour

    740 Washington Street , Hoboken

    • Embark on a learning experience in Hoboken with a guide who will walk you through the local wine culture
    • Visit three different venues for wine and food samples
    • Learn how to taste wine, pair it with food, and order it from a menu
    • Enjoy a leisurely walk between venues, and meet other wine enthusiasts
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    1 positive reviews
Looking For More NYC Activities?
Vimbly shows you 5,000+ things to do in NYC including classes, activities & date ideas.
New York City Tonight Tomorrow NYC Classes & Activities This Weekend Classes & Activities

What to do in NYC this week

— Drink
  • Book Now

    Wine & Cheese Pairing on Yacht Manhattan

    (203)
    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 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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    202 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Cooking with Wine (BYOB)

    (99)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    97 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Champagne Brunch Sail

    (37)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    37 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Wine Tasting Sail

    (37)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    37 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    NYC Pizza, Beer & History Tour

    (13)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    13 positive reviews
  • Book Now

    Mad Men Cocktails Tour Experience

    (1)
    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
    BOOK NOW ← Back
    1 positive reviews
  • Give the gift of fun with a Vimbly gift card!
    Learn More

Kind words from our customers